Zion National Park


Hiking in the National Parks has always been fulfilling,  seeing nature at its finest.

Photo by Carl Moore

A hikers dream is to be out hiking, camping or pretty much anything outdoors. I plan this day to be in Zion, a second hike in this park. My first hike in the park was one year earlier on my 33rd birthday. The narrows was planned on both trips but due to high water levels, doing the narrows on theses dates was impossible. None the less, the beauty that surrounds you in this valley is breath-taking.

I only have a couple of days to spend here and to my luck on arriving at the park, the two days I am playing in the park are free. Not really sure why but I thought it was a nice surprise.

The first evening we start our journey with the decision to tackle Emerald Falls before the sun sets. Parking the vehicle at grand junction and then taking the shuttle bus up to the trailhead.  As we get off the shuttle bus we start the grotto trail and see  deer almost immediately after. This young buck was just grazing along not even paying us any attention, even though the trail led us to about 20 yards from the young buck.

Photo by Carl Moore

Photo by Carl Moore

Take a few pictures and continue the easy trail toward the picnic area. As we approach the picnic area we notice  a coyote scurrying around, making a pass underneath all the picnic tables before wandering back into the wilderness. Again we just sat still with the camera while this wild animal looking for food is walking on by, appearing to be a tame animal. But no matter how tame any animal may seem, you should only observe wildlife and never try to approach wildlife. But what a great way to start this  journey, wouldn’t you agree?

Photo by carl Moore

Photo by Carl Moore

We then cross the road and connect to the trail toward the emerald pools. We reach the lower loop first where we only go halfway around before backtracking to connect the upper pool trail. The loops are kinda hard to explain but the trails are easily followed due to the navigation tools implemented by the trail workers, having signs at all the intersections make travel between the pools fairly easy. One of the trails loops underneath two of the waterfalls. A great day hike, that’s for sure!

Angels landing was next on the agenda.

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