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RV day 11 - 13

Zion National Park

Zion National Park in South West Utah was established in 1919 but its origins date back millions of years as the Virgin river has carved its way through the Navajo sandstone to form what we now see as the Zion cliffs. The name Zion was termed by the Mormon pioneers who saw these sculptured rocks as the natural temples of God and named it after the celestial city.

Our first visit to Zion was to the Kolob Canyon, quite a distance from the usual entrance and Visitor Centre. This 5 mile scenic drive climbs past the spectacular Hurricane cliffs and red rocks that form the Kolob Canyon. A couple of long hikes are available, however we chose the mile round trip on the Finger Canyons trail which provides the best sights of the canyon from atop the 2,000 feet high cliffs.

Our second day was a drive through small town of Springdale to the main entrance and Visitor Centre. We decided to catch the free shuttle bus for the 6 mile scenic drive that follows the Virgin river. The final stop is the Temple of Sinawava, the gateway to the Narrows and we walked the 2 mile round trip where the narrows truly begin and water shoes are required. Back on the shuttle to Weeping Rock, a short hike that leads you behind a curtain of water showering from the ceiling of an alcove. The water permeates through the sandstone until it hits shale and then seeps through the rock more than 1,000 years after falling as rain on the plateau above. Our final stop was on the paved walkway to the Emerald pools and waterfalls, a natural rock basin fed by small streams.

The third day had planned to be in Zion again, however due to some issues with the RV that started on day 2, we were advised to drive to the town of Hurricane (20 minutes drive away) to get some repairs to the stove cabinet that had detached from the wall of the RV. The service centre took all of 2 minutes to deduct that it could not be fixed so we where advised to drive to Las Vegas (150 miles away in the complete opposite direction of intended travel) to arrange a replacement RV. Sounds good in theory, though upon arrival they indicate it was not crucial to be repaired and they decide to try and re-attach the cabinet. The whole process took about 15 minutes. Pity we had driven 2 hours to get to Vegas for something that apparently didn't need to get repaired and now have to drive another 2 hours back to our RV park. A couple of complaints are made and the rental company will apparently refund us 2 nights of RV hire. NOT a happy day.

Anyways, our last day was a travel day towards Bryce Canyon on the Zion and Mt Carmel highway through a one way, mile long tunnel that was completed in 1930. The magnificent Checkerboard Mesa is on the other side of the tunnel and is much worth the effort driving uphill in the gas guzzling motorhome.

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Posted by V3USA 08:46

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