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‘Tis the Season: Late Summer Adventures in Zion

Ahhh, August is here. The desert is still hot, the thunderstorms are coming and going, and for many it is the last chance for a summer adventure. I offer this post as a guideline on how to maximize this time in Zion and the surrounding area. Climbing, for me, is the most important form of recreation, so I will start there. There are few sports that offer such extreme physical challenge and such inspiring rewards. Even when it is 100 degrees outside, climbing in the shade is amazingly reasonable. Shady cragging opportunities exist all through the main canyon for those who can find the right aspects and times of day. One of my favorite summer climbing areas, Kolob Canyon’s South Fork of Taylor Creek, features cool temps and shade most of the day. Perhaps the most exciting and challenging summer climbing I have done is in Kolob on Huecos Rancheros (5.12c) and Namaste (5.12a). Also, Last Rites (5.10+) is a super-fun single pitch finger crack with a bolted start. St. George also has some fun summer climbing opportunities. Enjoy the novelty of Veyo’s Crawdad Canyon Climbing Resort; if you go, don’t miss “The Fly” (5.11c), right off the pool deck. Snow … Continue reading

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Three Great Biking Options in the Zion Neighborhood

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best.” – Ernest Hemingway There’s no better way to see Zion than by bicycle. In my own time off, biking is my favorite mode of travel and recreation. Zion has every type of biking for every level and ambition of biker. I find pedaling the perfect speed between hiking and driving through our vast, scenic landscape here in the Southwest. Here are a couple of my favorite bike rides in and around the Canyon: Biking Zion Canyon Our free shuttle system is great, but cycling the Scenic Drive is the best way to take in the scenery and (especially after our rainy winter) the Spring flowers blooming alongside the road. It’s also a great way to experience peace and quiet; other visitors pass by on packed buses, while you and a few other cyclists have the road to yourselves. The Details: The full scenic drive is about 14 miles round-trip and takes most bikers 2 – 3 hours. The steepest sections (Canyon Junction to Court of the Patriarchs) is really not too bad, but CAN be avoided by using the shuttle system to transport your bikes … Continue reading

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