Zion National Park has been on our must-do bucket list for years, and it’s an experience that does not let the expectations down.
Visiting in winter is definitely the way to go to avoid a lot of the tourist nightmare, as long as you don’t plan on any canyoneering in The Subway or The Narrows. The water temps and the ice/snow level make that a pretty bad idea.
We boondocked on some BLM land high up on the East Rim, just outside the park rather than drag the Pod down the crazy switchbacks into the Park and pay $45 a night to camp with no hookups. We got a private spot, complete solitude, and the same level of hookups for free…
Zion has several distinct areas, the Kolob Canyons area way up to the northwest, the main Zion Canyon area that all the tourists hit, and the East Rim area that we enjoyed hiking and solitude in.
While we did venture down to the canyon do to the Angel’s Landing hike and explore all the valley floor has to offer, we definitely prefer the backcountry solitude that the outer areas have to offer.
Zion did not disappoint, and we will definitely be back during a shoulder season when we can do some canyoning and hit the Kolob Canyons area of the park.
Zion Live Webcam

Zion National Park

Zion National Park
This has been a huge item on my bucket list for many years.


Up The Path

Zion National Park - Up The Path
This seems like a perfectly logical path…


Ancient Art

Ancient Art in Zion National Park
We both always really enjoy seeing petroglyphs and pictographs.


Taking a Peek

Taking a Peek
Colette enjoys some of the petroglyphs.


So Many Dips

So Many Dips in Zion National Park
Checking out the pockmarks on this canyon wall.


Icicles

Icicles
Canyon walls covered with icicles are pretty amazing.


Zion

Zion
Creative tourists around here.


All Lit Up

All Lit Up
We caught the valley walls lighting up as we made our way down the valley back to the Temple of Sinawava area.


Turn Around

Turn Around
And turned around to find this view.


Light and Dark

Light and Dark in Zion National Park
So many shades of rock in the park.


The Temples

The Temples in Zion National Park
The East Temple and West Temple in Zion National Park.


Red Rock

Red Rock
I love this final sunset shot in the park.