100 Days of National Parks: Day 61 – Morning Beneath the Patriarchs, Zion National Park

Morning beneath the Patriarchs

One of the benefits in becoming as familiar with Zion National Park as I have become over the past half decade is the fact that I can go to the park and not feel the need to constantly chase new sights or places I haven’t seen. On my last real trip to the park in November of 2014, I spent two weeks hiking familiar and unfamiliar trails and generally wandering the park freely, as the winter chill had emptied the park of most of its crowds, allowing me the peace of exploring at my own pace in my own manner.

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Morning Beneath the Patriarchs

 

Morning beneath the Patriarchs
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One of the benefits in becoming as familiar with Zion National Park as I have become over the past half decade is the fact that I can go to the park and not feel the need to constantly chase new sights or places I haven’t seen.  On my last real trip to the park in November of 2014, I spent two weeks hiking familiar and unfamiliar trails and generally wandering the park freely, as the winter chill had emptied the park of most of its crowds, allowing me the peace of exploring at my own pace in my own manner.

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100/100/100: Day 1 – Spring in Zion

Spring in Zion

Spring is definitely in the air, and with its arrival, my wanderlust is at an all time high. April is always a month for me to get out and explore, and two years ago, as part of a southwest road trip, I spent two days in the beautiful greenery of the main canyon of Zion National Park, listening to the gentle rush of the Virgin River, and soaking in the radiant sunlight that spoke of new life returning to this desert oasis. Zion has long been my favorite of the National Parks, and overtime I go I find something new to love about it. Spring is the perfect time to go, as the crowds are not yet in full swing, and the weather is ideal, cool enough to hike but not so cold that you freeze in your tent at night.


Spring in Zion

Spring in Zion
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Spring is definitely in the air, and with its arrival, my wanderlust is at an all time high.  April is always a month for me to get out and explore, and two years ago, as part of a southwest road trip, I spent two days in the beautiful greenery of the main canyon of Zion National Park, listening to the gentle rush of the Virgin River, and soaking in the radiant sunlight that spoke of new life returning to this desert oasis.  Zion has long been my favorite of the National Parks, and overtime I go I find something new to love about it.  Spring is the perfect time to go, as the crowds are not yet in full swing, and the weather is ideal, cool enough to hike but not so cold that you freeze in your tent at night.

Grafton, Utah

Just a stone’s throw from Zion National Park lies the small ghost town of Grafton, Utah, a former settlement along the south banks of the Virgin River.

Just a stone’s throw from Zion National Park lies the small ghost town of Grafton, Utah, a former settlement along the south banks of the Virgin River.  Settled in 1859 by Mormon cotton farmers, and officially abandoned in 1944, the town never had many people, and was emblematic of the difficulties inherent to farming along the notoriously unpredictable river.  It was often racked with floods, erosion, and heavy silt accumulation during its short existence, and by the turn of the century, fewer than 100 people called it home.

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