Up at 6:30 am, out the door at 7:30, arrive at Zion just before 8 . . . and there’s parking available at the Visitor Center !!!
On our way to the park we were passed several times by cars who were also heading into Zion. This is serious stuff.
We took the park shuttle “up canyon” to the end of the line — Temple of Sinawava (stop #7). This is where you can walk into The Narrows via a stream. We weren’t up to nor equipped for a water hike so we stopped when the foot trail ended, about 1/2 mile before The Narrows.
By the way, before I forget, I can’t say enough about Zion’s shuttle bus service . . . timely, fast, efficient, and great bus drivers.
TEMPLE OF SINAWAVA
Most of the people on our shuttle bus got off here.
Click on a photo below for a slide show . . .
Stop #7 — a steep walk . . .
THE GROTTO TO ZION LODGE WALK
We decided to walk the mile or so from the Grotto shuttle stop (#6) back to Zion Lodge where we had lunch.
ABOUT THE CROWDS . . .
As we left the park at about Noon, and our shuttle pulled into a very crowded first stop . . .
FINAL THOUGHTS: BRYCE VS ZION
First, Bryce National Park is at 7,500 feet plus, so hiking there is much different than in Zion where you’re walking in a valley — at Bryce you’re walking on the rim.
If we had to choose between the two, I think we would select Bryce . . . mainly because of the massive crowds at Zion.
However, if you have the time, see them both. We’re glad we did.