Zion was less than a two hour drive from where we were in Bryce.....we approached by the East entrance so we drove through a long tunnel under some of this sandstone.... The tunnel had several openings that were once lookouts, but with the crowds that now visit there is no stopping allowed. Later in the park, one of the rangers told us that on Labor Day weekend (Sunday only) there were 47,000 people who rode the shuttle.
|The View from the Human History Museum of Zion|
Excellent talk from a ranger complete with visual aids...
This is the largest information area of any of the parks we've seen...no driving on the scenic loops... Shuttle transportation only. It turned out, based on our timing (early morning and late afternoon) that the shuttle system actually added to our enjoyment of the park..... no jostling for parking spaces or dealing with giant tour buses on the scenic loop. Avoiding midday shuttles was key to this system for us..... the lines were immense on the one weekend day that we were there.... and according to the Springdale shuttle driver, the crowds were NOTHING compared to what he has seen during summer months. The park is the closest to Las Vegas and gets plenty of visitors on day trips from there.
This is a photo of Checkerboard Mesa from our drive in from the East Gate.
It's not my photo since we were driving some pretty severe switchbacks ....at least this time they were paved!
|These deer appear to be regulars on the lawn in front of the historic Zion Lodge.|
|Last Ranger Tour - Reservation Required - Well Worth It|