2017 South West Road Trip: Day 3

Day 3 was another marvelous day on our road trip. We got to visit Zion National Park and then drove to our second campground in Utah. While Zion isn't very dog friendly the one trail you can hike with your dog is breathtaking. While there we hiked Pa'rus Trail which is one out of two trails they have there that dogs are allowed on. We want to go back without dogs and hike some more trails. Here are some of my favorite shots from that day. they have! Once we got to our second campground it began hailing so we quickly set up camp and retreated to the tent. Thankfully it never snowed and the sky cleared enough for us to make a fire and cook dinner. After a few games of cards and a much needed shower we ended up retreating to the car again because of the cold. The next day we got a cabin... 

Zion National Park Info:                

 -How to get there: The park is very easy to get to and if you go to the National Parks website it gives details instructions on how to get to the park entrance where the visitor center is located from a variety of starting points. Once through the entrance the visitor center and large parking lot is on your right side.

-How much does it cost: To enter the park there is a $30 fee for regular vehicles and is valid for 7 days.  For motorcycles it is $25 and people on foot it is $15 all these passes also last for 7 days as well. Zion National Park has 3 campgrounds, and you must reserve your camp before showing up to the park. The park is also open 24 hours.          

-What to bring: If you are just day hiking be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen, and snacks. Zion has tons of hikes and sight seeing options available, so be ready to explore! Be sure to wear sturdy tennis shoes or hiking boots. If you don't want to park inside the park that is fine, there are parking areas just outside the entrance and shuttles are available just be sure to have money for your parking. I also recommend paying attention to the weather and dress accordingly. Bring your camera! This is a stunning destination and you will regret not having your camera with you! 

-What to look out for: The trails can get pretty crowded so I would advise arriving to the park between 7am and 9am to get a good parking spot and more privacy on the trails. All the trails are clearly labeled and hard to miss. If you decide to take the shuttle be advised that dogs are NOT allowed on the shuttle. You can not eat or dink anything other than water when on the shuttle as well. Parking is also limited so be prepared to drive around a bit to find a space. 

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Trail Information: 

Pa'rus Trail

         Distance: 3.3 miles (round trip)

         Trail Type: Out and Back

         Elevation: 223 Feet

         Difficulty: Easy

         Dog Friendly: Yes

         Trail Description: This is a very easy, fun trail full of captivating views! It features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. It also has access to the river that runs along the trail allowing for some incredible views.