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Although we have driven up many times without any traffic, including the night before this drive, we took the tram this time as we were doing Angel's Landing and then cooling off at the Narrows. Drove up through Springdale and parked on the side of the road just opposite the entrance to the drive. We got there early so secured one of these hallowed spots. Think we got the first or second tram of the morning because there were only 6 people on the tram. We rode up to the Grotto and got off, then did a spectacular hike to the top of Angel's Landing. It was only 109 degrees in the valley when we got down, so we took the tram the rest of the way to the Narrows and cooled our feet in the river.... ahhhhhh.... that's the way to do it! Zion is absolutely heavenly, in step where angels dare to tread. Don't miss the scenic driving or the hiking or the views or encountering mule deer or bighorn sheep.
I love this drive and the trails that it leads to. When I can drive a car because it outside the busy season it's hard to keep my eyes on the road even though I been there many times. Love hiking the many trails that have trailheads along this road.
I love driving in from Mt. Carmel Junction on Route 9 and entering the park at the less crowded east entrance...then making your way past Checkerboard Mesa and the gorgeous back country before coming through the tunnel and down into the main canyon by way of the switchbacks. Springdale is a beautiful and fun small town to explore just outside the south entrance. And the drive from there to Hurricane is very scenic as well. I am 99% sure we saw a rare California Condor fly directly over us on this last leg of the drive!
Both visits to Zion have been in May, so it has been the scenic shuttle for us...and a lot of wonderful walking and hiking. We did get to drive in and park at the Lodge on the first trip since we stayed there. Nothing like waking up and sitting on your cabin porch, staring up at the first light on the canyon walls before you start your amazing day!
I have driven between Zion/Bryce and Page three times. This is truly scenic driving.
awesome all the way
My family and I visited Moab, Utah this past summer and Arches was definitely on the list of places to stop. The hike to Delicate Arch is a bit of a workout, but 100% worth it!! The view is simply beautiful and I definitely recommend you experience it for yourself. Also, account for the heat and bring plenty of water!
Kristy D. on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
Nice scenic drive. Saw about 45 deer!