Our last day in St George so we returned to Zion NP in order to take the shuttle ride from the Visitor Center with stops along the way at various hiking trails. Can understand why vehicles are not allowed on this drive as the congestion and fuel emissions would be overwhelming and harmful to the environment. The shuttle waits at each stop are less than 15 minutes and for the hikers, affords the opportunity to hike from stop to stop or just return to drop off point. Plus you get a commentary during the ride.
|John in Front of Lodge & Huge Tree|
When we were last here in 2009, we did the 2 mile hike from the last stop at Temple of Sinawava or the Riverside Walk; however, due to road construction, this stop was closed. Instead we did the Emerald Pool hike from the Lodge which is around 2 miles rt. Much to our disappointment due to lack of rain, there was very little water and just a trickle so did not get any good photos. The views on the walk were awesome of the mountains and cliffs. Be sure and bring a bottle of water. We only did the lower falls as the middle and upper were closed.
|Signage About Pools|
|No Water Today|
|Kind of Looks Like a Pumpkin|
From most of the stops there are easy, moderate and strenuous trails. You can get a trail guide at the visitor center.
|Hike Description at Stops|
Leaving the Visitor Center after our picnic lunch, spotted a mule deer. Added to the day.
Our drive out the East Entrance we saw a group of Longhorn Sheep beside the road. Another addition to the day.
Our next stop was Coral Pink Sand Dunes SP near Kanab. OHV's and Dune buggies are allowed and the park has a small RV park with full hookups in a few sites. There are 1200 acres of dunes for the OHV enthusiasts.
The dunes were created by three factors: sand, high winds and the influence of a notch between the Moquith and Moccasin mountains. The wind is funneled through this notch with increased velocity carrying grains of sand from the eroding Navajo sandstone. As the velocity decreases, the sand is deposited. My photos do not portray the real color of the dunes.
On our way back we stopped at Verizon to get a replacement for our MI-FI device. The one we had just stopped working.
Tomorrow we arrive at Nellis AFB for 3 months and reunion with friends.