On our way to Zion we stopped at Kolob Canyon, which is actually part of Zion National Park. We enjoyed the views from the Kolob Canyon Road! We camped at St. George RV Resort in Hurricane, Utah. They had a nice pool and playground. We had a bit of trouble with our landing gear. I am so thankful that Marc can fix just about anything. We met several of our neighbors and were happy to see the couple we had met in Bryce Canyon.
We made the 34 mile drive to Zion and were able to get on a bus to ride with a ranger. That is one thing I must say, we really try to take advantage of is learning from the rangers. They each have such valuable information to share about their park. Adam told us all about the people who had lived in this area over the years, from the early natives, to the Mormon settlers, to the people in the park today. He also taught us about the plants and animals of the area. We saw lots of squirrels and a few deer.
At the end of our tour we hiked one mile up the paved Riverside Trail. Then we began wading up the river when the trail ended into the Narrows. It was hard going, but well worth the effort. It is hard walking on the smooth rocks in the water. We made it about another mile before we turned around to head back. This was one of Cali’s favorites. She loved leading us through the river between the canyon walls.
After lunch we headed to the Human History Museum to see a film on how this unique place was formed. The rocks in Zion are like layers in a cake. Most of the layers are made up of sedimentary rock. They were formed when pressure slowly turned sand, shells and dirt into rock. The rocks here are about as old as the ones at the bottom of Bryce Canyon. Water then worked and loosened the grains widening fractures and eroding the mighty canyons. This process continues even today. We looked for evidence where the river had worn away the softer rock and the bottom and caused the upper walls to break loose and crash to the ground in massive sheets.
Being in Zion makes you feel small. The vast rocks just can’t be described. On our second day in the park we hiked on the Emerald Pools trail and then were excited to take a horse back ride. What a neat experience. It is something that will make this stop on our journey very memorable!
We completed our Junior Ranger Programs and stopped to take a dip in the Virgin River that had carved this amazing landscape. It was very hot while we were in Zion and the cool water felt great!