Monday, April 30, 2012

Z is for Zion (& the end of this challenge)


Zion Canyon come see and play
Museums, hikes and views all day
 Three Patriarchs and rocks that weep
Campground and town to eat and sleep
Come discover how Utah Rocks
Or stay at home and obey clocks

 Zion National Park was established as Utah's first National Park on November 19, 1919. Zion has amazingly diverse scenery from lowland dessert, to mountain meadows, to lush forest, all within just a few miles of each other.

Zion can be entered from the east or west. However, if you are entering from the east side, you will have the opportunity to travel through the infamous Zion tunnel, a mining miracle completed in 1930 and was for a time the longest tunnel in the United States. The 1.1 mile drive through the tunnel offers sneak peeks at Zion through several windows cut into the rock. Due to it's small size, over-sized vehicles must be escorted through at an added cost of $15.00 per vehicle. Entering and leaving through the west entrance avoids the tunnel and the added cost.

Like all National Parks, Zion has a Visitor Center where you can purchase souvenirs, watch informative videos and chat with rangers about the park. Zion's most famous sites are Weeping Rock, The Three Patriarchs and Emerald Pools, all which are accessible by a free shuttle ride to a moderate hiking trail.

Of the three famous sites, Weeping Rock is my favorite, where you can stand under 1,000 year old spring water.  On a cliff 100 feet above Weeping Rock rain water collects and slowly travels through the porous sandstone until it reaches a layer of solid rock and is forced through the side of the rock "weeping" down onto tourists who stand, sometimes for hours, enjoying the cascade of raindrops. According to geologist, this process takes nearly 1,000 years.

 Another bonus for us was the closeness of Springdale, the small town right outside the park. Once settled inside the campground, we could walk or take the shuttle into town for sightseeing, shopping or a visit to the local ostrich ranch.

Zion does not hold the beauty of Bryce or the amazement of Arches, but it does hold a dear place in my heart and will always be on our list of places to visit when we are in Utah.

Muse For Today: Now that you've traveled from A to Z with me. Where will you go next?


27 comments:

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

Yes, Zion is so beautiful!

Congrats on a wonderful A to Z!!!!!!

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thank you. It was fun, but I'm glad it's DONE!

notes4neta said...

I've only been to Washington, Oregon, and California. One day, Utah! Congratulations on completing the Challenge! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Merrie Hansen said...

Okay, I just discovered you at Upward not Inward...so, I'll have to travel through your April pages. I love your theme for the A-Z challenge. My husband and I love to travel, hike, backpack, and just camp. Blessings.

Livin' Out Loud 4 Jesus at www.merriehansen.com

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thanks for stopping by. I feel great, now that it's over :D

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Hi Merrie,
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy my posts.

cubbyholes said...

Grats on making it to the end! Phew... glad its over though I have to say. If I have to type out any more K2,P3 sl 1's I'll pull out my hair. Your posts had such gorgeous pictures with them! Very nicely done :O)
Jeanie

Patricia said...

Kudos for completing the challenge. I enjoyed your posts. Especially the video at the end. Take care , will be checking back periodically to read your great posts on this site.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thank you. I'm glad it's over too :D

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thanks! Kudos to you too! Glad you enjoyed the posts. Looking forward to seeing you here again.

F.... said...

Looove to travel. Never been to Zion, but the pictures are absolutely beautiful!! I, too, am going to have to trek through your earlier challenge posts and drool at the beautiful locations therein. Again, thanks for stopping by my blog!

Joy Ciaffoni said...

The Weeping Rock sounds really wonderful. Great post. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!

Scribbles From Jenn said...

It is wonderful. Thanks for stopping by.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Traveling is fantastic. Have fun traveling through my posts. I hope you find many new vacation ideas.

lynnelives said...

Well done for getting through the AtoZ in such style. I've learnt so much more about wonderful places to go and I've only been to a couple of them.

Sally said...

Thank you for sharing your travels with me in such a delightful way. I've loved the poems bringing the places to life. Well done.

Gossip_Grl said...

I have never been but the pics of it look beautiful. :) Congrats on making the A-Z :) Loved your postings in April

Phillip Pitts said...

Well Done Jenn, Very well done

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thank you. I can say it was fun, (now that it's over).

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thanks honey! You are my BIGGEST fan. I couldn't have done it without you. :** <3

Scribbles From Jenn said...

You are very welcome. Glad you enjoyed the poetry and the places.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thank you. I hope you found some more wonderful places to visit while reading my posts.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thank you. I hope you found some more wonderful places to visit while reading my posts.

Lynda R Young said...

What a beautiful place. I'd love to visit one day.
Congrats for making it to the end of the challenge.

Arlee Bird said...

Zion is one of the National Parks I still haven't been to. Someday I really would like to visit.


Congratulations on making it through the A to Z Challenge. Join us on May 7th with your Challenge Reflections post.

Lee
A Faraway View
An A to Z Co-host blog

Bindu said...

I am guessing this is the last part of the challenge. Congrats. I got the link from the IWSG.
http://www.bindu.ca
Bindu Blogs

Martha said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge! :)

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