We left the Grand Canyon in the afternoon to drive to Zion National Park. On the way, we stopped at Lake Powell. We finally arrived in Zion National Park very late at night. Zion National Park is located in the state of Utah. Utah is Mountain Time which is one hour ahead of Pacific Time. Zion National Park is a rocky steep park. North of Zion Park, rain falls on the 11,000 high Colorado Plateau races downhill, creates the Virgin River, which then forms the beautiful Zion Park. The rocks at Zion are red and have white and brown streaks going down on the rocks. At Zion you are at the bottom of the park and are looking up at the tall steep rocks. In the Grand Canyon, you are high up looking down at the gorgeous giant canyon below.
We woke up early in the morning and took a shuttle to our first hike that day. Our first hike was to reach the three Emerald Pools. We first went to the Lower Emerald Pool and there was a beautiful water fall. It was very hot and it felt really nice as the water from the waterfall rained down on us. After the Lower Emerald pools we went to the middle pools. There wasn’t much water at the Middle Emerald Pool because the snow has not yet melted to create a large pool of water. We were so hot and we all soaked ourselves before we went to the Upper Emerald Pools. On the way we saw two huge boulders that were on either side of each other. The rocks were called the Refrigerator Rock because it was big and cold. The pool at the Upper Emerald Pool was very big and my siblings and I took off our shoes and splashed in the pool. The water was very cold, about 30 F. After getting wet in the pool, we had lunch on the rocks near the water. After lunch we trekked up the steep trails and back to the start of our hike. We were all extremely hot, and my dad bought us ice cream. I got a delicious peach smoothie.
When everyone was cooled down we went on another hike alongside the Virgin River that created Zion Park. The river goes very fast in some places, while in other it is slower with a lot of rocks. At the end of the mile long hike, we came to where the trail ended and the only way forward was through the river. Many hikers had special suits and walked on through the river. It is an extremely difficult hike and the water in some places is 5 feet tall. We didn’t hike any further, and just took off our shoes and jumped on the rocks in the river, and sometimes falling in. It was so much fun in the river! We didn’t bring swimsuits so we just jumped in with our clothes on! It was so hot that we dried off right away. My feet were numb after wading in the frigid water.
|Playing in the Virgin River|
After the hike, we went back to our RV and got ready to go to our next destination, Bryce Canyon. On the way out of the Zion Park we went through long tunnels made into the mountains. It was very dark in the spooky!
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