It is December 2020, right before starting lock down in California due to raising COVID-19 cases. I decided to get some days off of work (from home!) and travel to Utah to visit Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. I researched a bit about the area, and photos I found in Google Maps were't very spectacular. I couldn't see anything amazing worth visiting. I'm happy I ignored those photos!
A view from Riverside walk trail
Zion National Park
I got 3 nights in a hotel in Hurricane city nearby. Early in the morning I drove to Zion National Park and decided to start by Riverside Walk, which is an easy trail. right at the beginning I was shocked and excited about the whole environment. walking through tall rocky walls and mountains, in a cold weather and quiet nature (I wish I could go a bit sooner to experience a full autumn season).
My next stop was Emerald Pool trails. it starts by a casual type of trail with not so hard up and down. but all of a sudden, I arrived by a huge open area, water falling from above which made a beautiful scene. it worth to continue this trail to middle and upper pools.
Emerald Pools Trail
After that, I drove through Carmel Tunnel, and stopped by Checkerboard Mesa hill. you can check part of Zion National Park trails in the map below (this is a screenshot of one of my Instagram stories about Utah):
It took more than 2 hour to drive to Bryce Canyon from Hurricane city, and I can say it totally worth the drive! First half an hour after arriving, I was just looking around, amazed by what I see!
Since I had limited time to spend there, I decided to only go for Queen's Garden trail, which is 2.5 miles. Obviously it tool longer than usual to finish it, because every corner had a great and unique view to just stop by and enjoy looking at (also, some trails were closed at that time).
I finished uploading photos of this road trip on website, so if you are interested in having a print and support me, you can just order them here.