Zion is perhaps the most impressive park we have visited thus far. The vistas and scale of Glacier are more impressive, but the colours and rock formations of Zion are unlike anything else we’ve seen. We drive by Checkerboard Mesa and find a spot to camp in the South Campground.
Like many of America’s National Parks, Zion is accessed by a singular main road. Due to physical constraints, the road is narrow and cannot accommodate a high volume of traffic. As visitor numbers have grown, the park has prohibited private vehicular access up the Virgin river canyon in favour of a service of free public busses. The busses stop at all trail heads and many points of interest. They run a frequent service from early morning till after sunset. They cut down on traffic, pollution, and noise. This method of transport seems so logical and beneficial, it’s hard to imagine why every park doesn’t adopt the idea.
We spend the week hiking almost every trail in the park. We see our first tarantula. It’s amazing.