Monday, May 4, 2015

Zion National Park ~ Part 2: Arriving at the Park

In my previous post, I shared a few photos from our visit to Zion National Park. Today I'd like to share a few more.

We had originally planned to visit Zion National Park on Tuesday, April 28. Our plan was to travel to St. George on Monday, April 27, stay the night there, and head to the park on Tuesday. On our way to St. George we were going to make some stops along the way at various points of interest. But, our son and daughter-in-law made the excellent suggestion to just head directly to Zion National Park on Monday afternoon. I'm so glad we did that because there's just so much to see there.

We found a place to park that wasn't too far from the pedestrian entrance, which was amazing since it was so late in the afternoon when we arrived on Monday.

We entered the park through the south entrance near Springdale. We were treated to stunning views even before we officially entered the park.

Here's part of our group on our way to the Pedestrian Entrance. Our son and daughter-in-law are holding hands in this photo and our oldest son is behind them. I don't know who the couple up ahead is in this photo.

Here we are at the bridge before the Pedestrian Entrance.

This little booth is the Pedestrian Entrance. We decided to purchase the National Parks Annual Pass on Tuesday. We were able to put the $25.00 we paid to enter Zion National Park toward the Annual Pass, so that was awesome.

Beyond the Pedestrian Entrance booth is a large plaza area that includes the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, some very nice restrooms, benches, informational displays, and more. This is also home to the first shuttle bus stop. I love the shuttle system in this park. It's efficient and well-run.

There's also a neat relief map of Zion National Park near the Visitor's Center.

Zion National Park is absolutely beautiful. It's a photographer's paradise.

I'll be sharing more photos from our trip in future posts.

Thanks for stopping by!

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