This past April and May, my wife and I decided on a road trip to Utah and Arizona. Our plan was to visit Zion Nation Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley, and Phoenix.
We drove down from Seattle and spent the night in Salt Lake City and the following day drove to St. George, Utah. St. George was to be our base of operations for Zion.
Visiting Zion early in the season was supposed to avoid the summer heat and crowds. When we pulled up to the entrance of Zion Nation Park early on the morning of Saturday, April 29th it was already packed.
From April to October, Zion’s most popular sites can only be visited via the park’s tram while the less popular sites can be self-driven. Given that the park was already full, we decided to visit the less popular sites and then return during the week to make use of the tram.
The Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway Scenic Drive is a ten-mile stretch from the Zion entrance to Mt. Carmel. The drive features switchbacks, fallen rock, majestic views, seasonal waterfalls, and the impressive Mt. Carmel Tunnel.
Kolob Canyons is a part of Zion Nation Park and is found in the northwest section. Kolob Canyons is known for its colorful beauty and diverse landscape. The Canyons are far from the crowds of the main Zion canyon and is found off Exit 40 off I-15. The Kolob Canyons Road is a five-mile scenic drive from the entrance up to the main viewpoint.
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