Mr. B. grew up in Utah and even though he has traveled the world he never visited his own backyard, Utah. We made plans to do the Grand Circle of Utah Parks and take his two teenager granddaughters with us. Zion National Park was our first stop. Zion is Utah’s most visited national park, and for a reason, it’s beautiful and majestic everywhere you look.
I rented cameras for the girls and gave them a few quick lessons and they off snapping photos. I was a great learning experience and gave them an appreciation of nature – and each other, they loved photographing each other.
Zion Park is all about hiking. The first day we hiked Angel’s Landing it is the most renowned day hike. It is 5.2-mile round trip with an elevation of 1,500 feet. Did I tell you to reach the landing you climb for the last half mile the path is steep and you use a chain railing to reach the landing.
Another legendary hike is The Narrows. It’s a trail like no other because you are actually hiking in a riverbed. We “hiked” for about 2 hours up stream and then turned around. The Narrows really doesn’t have an ending unless you want to start from the top and hike for 2 days. It’s not an easy hike. You often have to navigate upstream walking on rocks. It’s listed as on of the top 100 American adventures from National Geographic for a reason.
We stayed at the Majestic View Lodge and it’s was the perfect choice. The room was comfy and clean and the view was majestic. The hot tub was perfect to relax in after a day of hiking. It also has an interesting museum collection of Utah animals in the lobby.
Our top place to eat was Pizza and Noodle. They had inventive pizza choices and tasty salads.