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Zion NP – Snow!

March 7, 2009

We flew into Las Vegas and then drove to southern UT.  Today we drove to Kolob Canyons Visitors Center in the northern part of Zion NP and found ourselves in a snow storm – great way to start spring break!  The roads in Kolob Canyons were snowed-in so we drove to the south entrance to Zion, entered free of charge with our Golden Age Passports, and went to the visitors center to finalize our plans for our two days. 

 

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It was a clear day and Zion was especially beautiful with a fresh light cover of snow.  We drove the scenic drive into the canyon stopping to hike to the Weeping Rock (0.5 mile round trip) and take pictures.  We continued to the Temple of Sinawava and did the 2 mile Riverside Walk to the Narrows.  We had hoped to hike in the Virgin River into the narrows but the water was too cold. 

 

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After lunch, we hiked from the Lodge to The Grotto and then took the Kayenta trail to the Upper Emerald Pool.  The waterfall was ending in an ice formation at the edge of the upper pool.  We then descended past the Middle and Lower Emerald Pools back to the Lodge.  We covered about 4 miles and there were great views of the river and the east side of the canyon from the trail.

 

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