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We’re Back in LHC!

Time for some major hanging out without worrying about the next campground we’re driving to.

 

Campground #50

Boulder City, NV – Campground #50

This is it — our last stop before returning to Crazy Horse!

After leaving Crazy Horse Campground in Lake Havasu City on February 27 — it’s been seven months on the road. What a trip!

Here are some highlights from our 7 months . . .

Zion National Park — Day 3

We Did It Again!

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 !!!

Sound familiar?

But Day 3 (Sunday) was really cold — low 40s. A park guide warned people going to The Narrows that the water was freezing from a recent snow melt.

ZION LODGE

We took the park shuttle bus from the Visitor Center to Zion Lodge. The plan was to hike to the Emerald Pools, but we stopped in the lodge, found out they were serving breakfast, and, well, the rest is history . . .

Breakfast at the Red Rock Grill

 

EMERALD POOLS

The Walk Up (click on a photo for a slideshow) . . .

 

The First Pool & the Walk Back (click on a photo for a slideshow) . . .

 

 

SAND BENCH TRAIL

We decided to take the Sand Bench Trail down canyon from Zion Park Lodge (stop #5) to the Court of the Patriarchs (stop #4).

The Sand Bench Trail is a horse trail . . .

 

 

There Be Horses

The Sandy Bench Trail is also a very sandy trail. It was slow walking, but the scenery was . . .

 

 

 

Zion National Park — Day 2

Zion Shuttle Map (click on map to enlarge) — the Visitor Center is two stops below #3

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.

Love the shuttle

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.

Riding Zion’s A-Train

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 . . .

 

WEEPING ROCK

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.

Building at the Grotto

 

Along the Trail to Zion Lodge

 

ABOUT THE CROWDS . . .

As we left the park at about Noon, and our shuttle pulled into a very crowded first stop . . .

Get to Zion Early

 

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.

Zion National Park – Day 1

One Very Crowded Campground

We’ll, actually it’s Day 2 because we arrived on Tuesday . . . and it’s crowded . . . at our campground and at Zion.

We made a brief foray into the park this afternoon (Wednesday) to get the feel of the park. It’s very crowded. Did we say that before?

Anyway, we plan to take a side trip to a sand desert near Zion on Wednesday. Then get up early on Thursday and try to snag a parking space in the park in order to take the Zion shuttle around the park.

We visited the Zion Visitor’s Center today, bought a couple of T-shirts, and gathered some info.

Zion Visitor Center

 

PHOTOS FROM HIGHWAY 9