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Zion National Park

We highly recommend Zion National Park.  From the collage of images seen in every direction, to the deep Narrows Canyon, or the cascading waterfalls and emerald green pools, an adventure awaits behind every corner.  A shallow sea covered the sand dunes here millions of years ago.  The sea drained away, leaving rivers that over time carved the soft sand stone onto the spectacular shapes we see today.  About 800 native species of plants have been found including cactus, yucca and mesquite in the hot, dry desert areas; ponderosa pine trees on the high plateaus; and cottonwoods and box elders along the rivers and streams.

Photo of a canyon in Zion National Park

INFORMATION Contact Zion National Park, Springdale, UT 84767 (p:435 772 3256; www.nps.gov/zion).  It will be $25 per vehicle to enter the park for up to 7 days.  Back country permits are available at the visitor centers for $10.  Our favorite activity in Zion is hiking The Narrows.  This consists of walking and wading along the bottom of the Virgin River, through a spectacular 1,000-foot-deep channel that is only 24 feet wide.

Photo of a Mountain in Zion National Park

CAMPING:  We feel the best places to camp are the national park campgrounds located just inside the parks south entrance.  Reservations for Watchmen Campground can be made from April through October (p: 877 444 6777; www.recreation.gov).  Basic campsites are $16 per night and $18 to $20 for sites with electric hook ups (located in Watchmen Campground).

Photo of a canyon in Zion National Park

Photo of a Ginger in Zion National Park