September 8, 2016

Labor Day Weekend at Zion National Park - Part 1 (Zion Canyon and Kolob Terrace)

Back in early July I threw my name in the lottery for a top-down Virgin River narrows dayhike permit. Our names were picked for Monday of Labor Day weekend, so that made deciding what to do over the long weekend a no-brainer (assuming we found somewhere to stay, which didn't happen until a week before the trip).

We LOVE Zion National Park. I don't want to play favorites, but it might be our favorite. I think we've made 5 trips there since we have lived in Utah.

We drove down on Friday afternoon and went for a nice run out to the Grafton ghost town. Our Saturday we did some hiking in the main section of the park (Observation Point). With crowds building due to the holiday weekend, we headed up to the Kolob Terrace after a longer run on Sunday and had the place pretty much to ourselves. Then on Monday we took a shuttle up to Chamberlain's Ranch and hiked along/in the Virgin River back to Zion. 

I'll save the Monday photos for another post - here's some from the first couple days of the weekend...

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