Few national parks can capture the magical wonder the way Zion National Park does. We’re dreaming of Zion today as we look at the park’s iconic photos.
There’s no comparison to witnessing the park in person, but we hope these photos do it a little bit of justice.
Behold: The Blue Hour
Forget golden hour. As the sun starts to set behind the park’s red rocks, something truly majestic happens: hues of blue and violet take over the landscape. This part of the day is truly ideal for photographers. The unique lighting creates a feeling of calmness and serenity for onlookers.
Sunrise, Sunsets, and Stargazing Galore
There’s no question about it, Zion has your entire day covered. Want to watch the sunrise, sunset, and stargaze all in the same day? No problem. Their back patio of their Human History Museum gives viewers monumental views of the temples and towers. Taking in the ethereal morning light is the best way to start your day. When you want to catch a sunset, you can stop at one of the trail’s many bridges. This will give you a fantastic view of Watchman Peak as well as the Virgin River. For stargazing, their Instagram recommends the Pa’rus trail or the patio of the history museum.
Rock Climber’s Mecca
Besides its spectacular beauty, Zion offers rock climbers tons of accessible routes for all climbing levels. The beautiful sandstone creates a majestic backdrop as climbers traverse its unique and creative pathways. Due to coronavirus, the park halted all climbing until recently.
Trails, Trails, Trails
Without a doubt, the trails offered by Zion are unrivaled. There’s no shortage of trails in the park. With over 48 hiking trails, it’s impossible to get bored here. The trails range from easy to strenuous so that hikers can join the fun at all levels and ages. Spend the day exploring the park’s valleys and canyons or opt for mountains and peaks- it’s a choose your own adventure kind of place.
Though you can’t go to Zion without attempting the classic Angel’s Landing trail (those afraid of heights need not try.) If you can make it to the top, this strenuous hike offers some of the most rewarding views in the entire park.
Thrills Even from the Passenger Seat
If rock climbing or hiking isn’t your thing, trusty Zion has you covered. You can have the grandeur of the views all without leaving the car. Luckily, the park offers a 57-mile scenic drive that takes drivers past the Virgin river and directly to its famous landmarks.
New Season New Reason
One of the coolest things about the park is that you can visit no matter what time of year it is. For example, if you choose to go during the off-season, you get the opportunity to explore without having to deal with crowds. Considering Zion is located in southern Utah, it makes for milder winters. Historically, the average temperature of Zion in February is 47 degrees. The clear winter skies make for some stellar stargazing considering the sun sets at around 7 p.m. What’s more magical is that constellations such as Orior can be seen, and it’s a perfect time of year for meteor showers and shooting stars.
Zion: The Original Narnia
By all means, if you get a chance to visit this park, go. It offers everything for your local adrenaline-junkie to your stargazing-granddad. From numerous walls to scale to death-defying hiking and river gorge exploration, this is the place to be. The pictures above pale in comparison to the beauty and wonder of seeing it in person.
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