A brief introduction
Touted as one of the top national parks of the United States of America, Zion National Park is a proverbial must-visit for the biggest adventure freaks out there. There is no dearth of adventurous activities that you can actually try out there. Do educate yourself about the same in a bid to be guided – more so if you’re actually planning a trip there.
1. Canyoneering: It refers to an outdoor activity which is actually a combination of various deeds including rappelling, route finding, swimming, and hiking. Now, Zion takes a leading role in the country when it comes to drawing crowds interested in exploring this particular activity. The Canyon Overlook Trail remains one of the busiest hiking routes whereby a 1-mile round trip takes hikers along the rim of one of these most popular technical canyons in the park, Pine Creek. If you are willing to take a technical canyoneering trip here, you will eventually require a permit through the park service. However, Ordervillle Canyon is considered a beginner canyoneering route, and to get the right skills to complete the route, you will need some training before hand. (Zion Adventure Company offers training specifically for the canyons you wish to adventure through.) The Orderville Canyon trip is designed for the more seasoned trippers. Trippers are advised to follow the park regulations primarily meant to protect over 124,400 acres of greenery.
2. Paved Biking: Ask the experts and they will tell you that if you’re opting for biking here, you will only be accessing the paved paths since the hiking trails are not really accessible for bikes. Notably, since most of the national parks are virtual wildernesses, you are not really allowed to bike there. However, Zion is one exception in that case. Those who already have taken a ride through Zion will vouch for the scenic beauty encompassing the place. There are 2 roads within Zion that bikers can experience, the Scenic Drive in the Main Canyon for a casual peddle , and the Kolob Terrace Road for those who are avid cyclists. You want to know what’s in store for you.
Here’s a look:
· Thousand feet vertical cliffs made of sandstone of myriad hues
· Exceptional features formed by rocks
· Treacherous terrains that will require you to keep your eyes firmly on the tracks even while you would want to enjoy the scenic beauty
3. Mountain Biking: Now, you have to remember that the Zion National Park does not really allow mountain biking on hiking trails. Travelers can definitely educate themselves about nearby trails like the JEM Trail area or the Gooseberry Mesa Trails in order to explore the mountain biking opportunities there.
4. Rock Climbing: What serves as a literal hotbed for paved biking, hiking and canyoneering activities also serve as a wonderful springboard for rock climbing. Let us tell you that if you are presently willing to find out about the opportunities made available there, you can be rest assured of the fact that there is no dearth of avenues in this case. It remains one of the leading destinations for rock climbing. Actually, there are over 100 different climbing routes to keep you sorted. You can even be advised by guides on how exactly to master the treacherous sandstones. These guides will not only offer you nuanced suggestions but the basic ones as well. For instance, if you want you can reach out to them in order to find out what would be best suited for you.
5. Caving: Utah itself is home to some of the fascinating caves that adventurers have access to. As a way to escape the heat, crowds and to get a taste of something with a bit different flavor, Bloomington Cave can offer that. It is an hour drive from the National Park, and can be one of the most physically demanding parts of your vacation. It will encompass obtaining a guide, scrambling, climbing, rappelling, and navigating, all while being in complete darkness with only the light on your helmet leading the way. With temperatures hovering around 65 fahrenheit, year-round conditions are dry and predictable. This is a true test of your durability.
Hiking: Let us tell you that Zion is practically brimming with a host of exciting hiking trails that will keep trippers hooked irrespective of what their age group is.
A few noteworthy names in this regards are:
¨ Emerald Pools Trail
¨ Angels Landing trail
¨ Weeping Rock Trail
¨ The Subway Trail Permit required from the National Park Service
¨ The Zion Narrows Riverside Walk and Narrows Bottom-Up
¨ Canyon Overlook Trail
¨ East Rim Trail to Observation Point
A well-rounded hiking experience in the Zion National Park can turn out be a part of your most rewarding memories.
Backpacking: Once again, this place is actually brimming with a wide array of unique backpacking opportunities. What else can you expect from a place with a whopping 37 designated backpacking sites? However, experts always prudently warn you against getting floored by the availability of so many opportunities. They opine that backpacking to Zion does require you to resort to thorough research. Make sure your plans are based on your interests, the time you are visiting and the overall ability of your group. For instance, you might as well be fascinated by the idea of rock climbing in the Zion National Park but do remember that you will not really be able to do that if you are visiting post monsoons because the rocks will be wet.
Scenic Drives: Do educate yourself about the stunning byway which takes around 1.5 hours to cover by car. The byway runs parallel to the Virgin River so you might as well be to imagine the kind of visual pleasure that’s actually in store for you.
So, you know that the much celebrated Zion National Park is actually a treasure trove of adventures for you. Please make sure that you are reading up more such posts in order to be guided further.
Written by Sarah Bennett. Sarah is a senior content curator in HolidayFactors.com, a leading holiday portal in Dubai, UAE