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Trip Report Trip Report Part 2 (w/teens) - Zion, Bryce and Park City

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We left Three Rivers after visiting Sequoia (I would do it differently if had to do again - would have left that afternoon and driven halfway) and drove all the way to Zion in one day.

We drove towards Bakersfield, through Barstow CA, across the Mojave and into Vegas for a 15 minute painful drive down the Strip (not our scene AT ALL), then followed the roads to Springdale, our "home" at Zion.

The scenery continued to fascinate us -- dry deserts and then the rocks and colors as we drove into Utah.

ZION - At Springdale, we stayed at the wonderful Desert Pearl Inn. It was absolutely worth the cost ... what an oasis in the middle of a very busy little park! Springdale is the town at the edge of the park. The Desert Pearl in was a 10 min walk from the park and the rooms are wonderful, roomy, have a kitchenette and it has a wonderful pool and laundry room!

We arrived around 5 after our long drive. We decided to walk the Watchman's Hike the next morning.

DH woke us up at 5 for the hike and we were out the door at 6, walking to the park. There were already people in the shuttle line into the park! This hike was fairly easy and short, with about 700 ft elevation gain. It was fairly sparsely "populated" and in the shade the most of the time.

The biggest eye-opener was the very very long line (at least 200 people) waiting for the shuttle at 9 am! We'd thought we would go into the park and check things out but decided not to after seeing the line.

Instead, DH found another short but scenic hike just outside the park - https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/utah/canyon-overlook-trail. It was very scenic! I abstained as I am not the best with heights and those sides that just fall away hundreds of feet)
Getting there was quite an adventure as we had to climb a few hairpins and then enter into a 1.1 mile tunnel that was built in 1930, the Mt Carmel-Zion Tunnel, They only let 1 side of traffic in at a time. The tunnel is dark and you drive slowly.

We spent the afternoon at the pool and generally resting.

Then went to rent equipment for The Narrows hike ... I cant remember the name of the place but it was to the left from the Inn and across the street.

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