We had 2 full days available to us so spent the first one familiarising ourselves with the area, the main canyon and the shuttle. The crowds we had been warned about were there and there was a long queue for the shuttle but once we started moving around and walking trails it was no problem and didn’t feel that busy. The Shuttle service really is amazing, continuous shuttles to all the key points and all free!
We did a couple of the shorter walks and worked out what the plan was for tomorrow.
First up was the Lower Emerald Pool Trail, it’s a short walk that should be manageable for pretty much anyone. The views at the end are of the pool, the small waterfall and the overhanging cliffs (I don’t know what they are called!). The sun on the waterfall creates some great rainbows and as a result of all this water, it is a very lush area with plenty of plants and vegetation.
Normally you can extend the walk to the middle or upper Emerald Pools and the Kayenta Trail which leads to the next stop on the shuttle avoiding this being an in and out walk. Unfortunately, all three of those trails were closed so we had to turn around and go back. Still worth it though.
As you can see from this second photo, there were quite a few people but I think that is because there is nowhere else for them to go. The path is blocked so everyone has to turn around. It really wasn't too bad,
Stop for packed lunch on the green by the Zion Lodge and had an ice cream to cool down, the Mr. Whippy (Soft Serve to the Americans on here) was massive and very welcome!
We then moved on to Weeping Rock. This is a very short but still reasonable steep trail and the views at the end are very similar to the Emerald Pools walk but the concave nature of the cliffs is probably even more pronounced here and there is a good view through the valley.
So a gentle start to our visit to Zion was followed by a well-earned beer or glass of wine, a Chicken Caesar salad using the excellent BBQ facilities and some home made garlic bread!