The day after Bryce Canyon NP we headed to Zion. This was by far the busiest of the 3 parks we hit in Utah. Most people seemed to just want to drive through the park as usual. Most of the park is inaccessible by car and you have to take a bus. The system was actually really easy and a great idea. I don't remember if it was free, but I also don't remember it being expensive. Plus you get a sweet bus tour on the way to whichever trail head you're hitting up.We did a quick overnight. I think it was about 3 miles in and grab a quick stealth spot and 3 miles back out the next morning. The nature of the whole trip really limited the time spent in each park, but I didn't really let that get me down. You have to enjoy what you can.
Here is Blondie sitting on the edge near Observation Point.
Sometimes its hard to understand and appreciate the beauty when you're hiking along. Especially if you do big miles (which we certainly didn't on this trip). The best way to take the time to see things is either step back for the big picture or find the small wonderful details that are often overlooked.
We started off by the Virgin River you can see in the back ground. We had around 1000 ft of vertical gain per mile for the first 2 and half miles or so. Good way to stretch out your legs after being in the car for half the day.