When people would ask where I would be spending my summer vacation, I’d respond and say “Utah”. The responses + facial expressions were priceless. A hint of “HUH?”, a dash of “WTF”, with a sprinkle of “WHY?”But for the most part, once I explained why we were headed there, I usually got the ooh’s and aah’s. ZION, we were going to Utah to visit Zion National Park.
After having traveled to Europe a couple of years ago, I became obsessed with wanting to travel outside of the country with my family. I realized fairly quickly how it sounds good in theory, but the reality was unattainable. Traveling is a privilege and an expensive luxury.
I began to look up places that I’ve always wanted to experience and would hope to share the experience with my family. It’s important for both my husband and I to raise educated and cultured human beings, among other things. With that being said, I like to visit places that are very rich in culture and/or are historical landmarks. So there we were, summer was fast approaching, and I was itching to travel. Where could we go to soak in what was left of summer. ZION.
As most of you know, Zion National Park encompasses some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States. And it was only a 5 hour 15 minute drive away! Can you believe you can cross 3 states in such short time?! I’m not going to lie, I put in some work to convince Robert and Zoe. But they eventually warmed up to the idea once they caught a glimpse of the Airbnb we’d be staying at. It had nothing to do with the beautiful outdoor space we’d be visiting. Ha ha!
I highly encourage anyone that appreciates the outdoors to visit Zion at least once in their life. I would like to share for those with little ones, that the hikes are intense. The inclination in particular. Gael, my 7 year old just barely made it through a 1.5 miles hike. But you know your little ones more than I do. I by no means want to discourage you from taking the trip. If you don’t care for hiking or are okay with skipping out on it, by all means, go! Take your little ones. There’s a beautiful river that they can dip their feet in and all the open space for them to run wild and free.
Also, take time to walk around the tiny city that leads into the park: Springfield. You can park in Springfield and either walk or shuttle in to the park. Or if you decide to bypass that and just park inside the park, parking pass was $15 good for 7 days! Make your way directly into their “Information Center”, grab a map, ask questions, jump on the shuttle that’ll take you to the hike of your choice, and fill up your water bottles! Zion is very tourist friendly and easy to navigate, I promise.
Let me know if any of you all visit and let me know your thoughts! I know I din’t go into too much detail, but ask me any questions you might have. I’m happy to answer them.