Utah Mighty 5 road trip - Day 1 - Zion National Park

caseygrimley
Casey Grimley @caseygrimley7 months ago | 2 min read

Last Spring I decided to take my 3 kids on a whirlwind adventure across southern Utah during their Spring Break.

Day 1 - Zion National Park

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Angel's Landing on the left


After driving down to Zion late Sunday night, I set up camp around 1 AM, we woke up early around 6 AM to break down camp, eat breakfast, and get to the trail before the crowds hit (it was spring break after all). We arrived to the Main entrance around 8 AM and were on the trail by around 9 AM. We had quite a bit of traffic at the entrance but we were still pretty fortunate we got in fairly early.

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Campsite


Our main objective was to hike Angel's Landing, since we had attempted it two years prior but it was just too much for my kids, being only 6, 7, and 10 at the time. This time they conquered it with only minimal whining, and lots of breaks and climbing around on all the rocks.

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If you didn't hike to Angel's Landing in a rainbow tutu, did you even hike Angel's Landing??

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No we didn't go all the way out to the landing because it was way too crowded, also my wife would have killed me. We stopped and had a snack and played around at Scout Lookout.

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On the hike out we saw tons of people coming up but here's a photo of just the kids as we were coming out of the canyon at the top.

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By the time we got back to the shuttle it was around noon, and we were all hungry so we planned on going back to the car, eating lunch, then heading back up the canyon to hike around some more. But when we got back to the car the line for the shuttle was literally all the way back to our car, and was an estimated 2 hour wait. HARD PASS. We decided to head to the east side of the park, over near Checkerboard Mesa, and run around on the rocks over there. It was far less crowded over there and we climbed around for an hour or so.

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Peyton


Afterwards, we headed on to our next location on our trip, Bryce Canyon National Park. Stay tuned for that post.


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Beautiful area to spend some time with the kids. Looks like you had a great time there.

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Pack up the kids and go hiking in nature! AWESOME! Especially in such beautiful landscape!

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Your photos are beautiful! Too bad it is so crowed there. Yellowstone was too when I was there a few years ago.

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Thanks Melinda!
National parks are always crowded, the trick is to get up early and stay out late. I've found the crowds are very much from 9am-5pm. Also going off season is much better, especially in Yellowstone. I went in Late April and saw far more animals than when I've gone in the summer, and there were no crowds at all. We even had Old Faithful all to ourselves one evening, granted it was snowing sideways and 20ºF, but still cool to be there all alone.

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My first trip to Yellowstone was in the late 70s and several times during the early 80s and it felt like pure Wilderness to me. A few years ago when I went it was in September, and I actually had to stand in line to take pictures. I did see a grizzly bear though. That was pretty special.

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