Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Canyons - Day 6 - 20 June 2008

This morning, we drove to our final park on this tour, the Zion Park. All parks in the states of Utah, Arizona and Colorado that we visited were unique and different from one another. Both, in terms of scenery and what they had to offer and also in the form of rock formations. For instance, if Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon is to viewed from up, above the mountains, Zion Park is viewed from the foothills of its tall, monolith rock formations. There are also several walking trails at the Zion National park and also a horse ride alongside the river trail. I missed the horse trail as they were out of horses by the time I reached there, but I took two walking trails.

If you are lucky (or unlucky, depending on which way you look at things), you could also spot a rattle snake or two in this area. I missed mine by just a few minutes on one of the two trails I took to explore the mountains. The Zion lodge where we stayed was fabulous and resembled a wooden cabin of sorts. It's lawn is so magnificent and large that you can easily spend hours there chatting with your friends, family and loved ones. At night, you also get deers, antelopes, fox, turkey and all sorts of wildlife, grazing on the leaves on the hotel lawn! You must respect these animals and not try to touch them or wander too near to them. Be at a distance and you can enjoy very pleasant sights and sounds.

The food was exquisite and so was lodging. I've said this before and I'll say this again. The best place to stay whilst visiting these parks is to camp inside the parks; its costly, but you're always right there in the thick of the action.

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