Last month I went on a trip to the desert and it was magical! I’ve been wanting to go to Zion for ages and finally got the opportunity to go this year. Oh, boy did it not disappoint. Driving through Nevada, Utah, and parts of Arizona made me realize how little of the country I have seen and how beautiful and truly different each state is. I’ve stuck to the west and east coasts for most of my domestic travels and focused more on international travel the last few years. This trip has me changing my tune and wanting to prioritize more domestic traveling!
Zion Canyon was smaller than I expected, but it’s beauty really took me by surprise. Its color takes me breathe away.
No cars are allowed through the canyon to help prevent pollution and preservation of the national park, so it felt like Disneyland with all the lines you had to stand in to wait for the shuttles that take you into and around the park.
Because we were there during early spring, the most popular trail, The Narrows, was closed so I definitely want to come back again but in the summer to hike it.
We toured the Lower Antelope Canyon with the Dixie Ellis tour company. They are one of two companies running tours in the lower canyons while there are about five or six companies you can choose from for the Upper Canyon tours.
The lower canyon is a longer hike than the upper canyons and I think the more beautiful of the two, but the crowds can be a big deterrent. If you’d rather not wait hours in the hot sun, I suggest looking into taking an upper canyon tour.
But really you can’t go wrong with either!
I found out there are two Horseshoe Bends, this smaller one being the more popular because it is easier to access. It’s about a three-quarter mile easy hike to this gorgeous view.
Going to see the sunset was one of the highlights of my desert adventures, but watch out for gnats!