5 Reasons Zion National Park Will Blow Your Mind

There is a reason I keep coming back to Zion National Park. The almost surreal, red-rock formations found in this park are simply mind-blowing. Here are five reasons you should come and see for yourself.

1. The Massive Scale, Observation Landing

Zion National Park

With its twisting canyons, switchbacks, elevation and grandiose vistas of the stunning Zion canyon carved by the Virgin River, this is one of my favorite hikes of all time. The massive scale that opens up as we climb up and in and around the walls of the valley make me step back, and pause, and experience that incredible feeling of awe.

2. The Weeping Walls, Emerald Pools

Zion National Park

Springs of water seeping out of the soaring walls of Zion are dotted throughout the park. Two most notable in Zion National Park are the easily accessible Weeping Rock Trail and the Emerald Pools Trail, which meanders along the Virgin River. Loads of wildflowers and green plants cling to the walls, creating a lush contrast to the dry, red earth.

3. The River That Rises, The Narrows

Zion National Park

There's no fooling with Mother Nature when it comes to the moods of the Virgin River in The Narrows. Watching the forecast is key for any chance of flash flood while hiking this trail. In that there is also is huge excitement from the unusual experience of trekking through ice-cold water deep into a lost canyon.

4. The Hidden Canyons, Hidden Canyon

Zion National Park

Zion National Park has twists and turns and spaces that are secret and mysterious to those daring enough to do some exploring. The aptly named Hidden Canyon even has a sign that basically says, "Yup. Go for it. Enter and scramble away at your own risk AS YOU ENTER INTO THE UNKNOWN..." And I feel as if I'm about to end up in an episode of the 1970s TV show "Land of the Lost" with the terrifying Sleestaks popping out of the cracks.

5. The Adrenaline Rush, Angels Landing

Zion National Park

World famous for it pin-needle trail on which you literally cling to safety chains along a half-mile ridgeline with massive drops on either side, Angel's Landing is a full-on adrenaline rush for hikers. Hiking legs first get tested with "Walter's Wiggles," a series of 21 steep switchbacks. These lead to the final push, where extraordinarily careful and precarious clamoring is required to the reach the towering Angel's Landing summit.

Mind-blown? Me too. Over and over. See you there.

Team Sierra

*All photos courtesy Annie Yearout

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Annie Yearout
Blogger at Outdoorsy Mama
Annie Yearout is an outdoor and adventure travel writer and author of OutdoorsyMama.com, a blog motivating you, me and the kids to gear-up, get outside and explore. She partners with outdoor non-profits, is a member of sponsored adventure crews, and is always eager to throw a backpack on and hit the trails from her home in Northern California. (Team Sierra bloggers receive promotional consideration from Sierra Trading Post.)
Comments (2)
5/9/2016 at 12:10 PM
I hiked pretty much every trail in the canyon in a glorious nine days in 2013, and I have to agree with point 1: Observation Point (as well as the trail leading to it) is amazing.
5/10/2016 at 11:27 AM
What a fantastic piece of nature. I enjoyed an REI trip to Zion/Bryce and Annie was among some of the wonderful friends on the trail. Highly recommended. Way to go Annie! This Alaska Girl will be returning for more hiking....
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