Zion National Park

What You Need to Know

Getting into the park: $15 each. We paid a total of $30, but it was good to re-enter for 7 days. We parked on then street in Springdale and took the free shuttle to the park entrance. 

There are plenty of restaurants and camp grounds before you enter the park and at the visitor center. 


We hiked Angel’s Landing which is one of the more popular trails in Zion. We took the free shuttle from the visitor’s center to stop 6 (which is labeled with trails, museums, etc. on the bus). It was a pretty hard hike about 5 miles total in and out. Make sure you use the bathroom before and bring sunscreen and hats! The beginning of the trail was the hardest part for us and completely in the sun going uphill! 

At the end of the hike you use chains to scale the mountain. On both sides there is a couple thousands feet drop which is pretty scary. I wouldn’t recommend this hike if you are afraid of heights.


One thing we didn’t check out was the narrows. If we had more time we would have, but you can rent shoes to hike through the water! One suggestion from a girl we met while hiking was to do this hike after Angel’s Landing if you are trying to fit it in the whole day. 

View from the top of Angel’s Landing

Hiking in Arizona

Since I’ve lived in Arizona one of the best things to do is find new trails and explore the beautiful sunny state. Let me first state I am NO professional. Hiking is something I have recently done a lot more since I’ve moved here.

Northern Arizona:

  1. Antelope CanyonPage, AZ. Okay this wasn’t really a hike… Just a couple set it stairs, but still super cool to see.     
  2. Grand Canyon-An american must do. I haven’t done this since I was about 10 years old.
  3. Horseshoe Bend- Page, AZ.      

Central Arizona

4. Fossil CreekPine, AZ. I have to admit my friends and I went here with intentions to find a natural waterfall…we hiked over 10 miles and never found it. If you decide to go here please email me, because as soon as we walked to the car we heard people jumping into the waterfall.
  
5. Sedona-Sedona, AZ. Sedona is an easy two hour drive from Phoenix. I’ve been a few times since living in Arizona and it’s absolutely one of my favorites. They are known for their pink jeep tours. We did a winery jeep tour at a Day in the West.

We went in the summer and it was perfect to do the natural water slides at Slide Rock Park in Sedona.


  
  

Phoenix Area:

4. Camelback MountainPhoenix, AZ. This is probably one of the most well known in the Phoenix area.


  
5. Pinnacle PeakScottsdale, AZ. 

6. Piestewa PeakPhoenix, AZ

Never been on a hike before? No Problem.

Here’s what you need…

  1. Hiking Shoes
  2. Water bottleS (you can never pack too much water I’ve learned)
  3. Backpack (to hold your keys, water, phone, etc.)
  4. Towel (on a really hot Arizona day you’ll want this to cool off)
  5. Protein bars (I love me some cliff bars)