I spent the past weekend on (yet another) getaway to Zion National Park and as always, it was magical. Originally, it was supposed to be a trip to run the Snow Canyon half marathon in St. George, but due to all the traveling I ended up doing at the end of the summer, I didn’t have time to train properly so I called off that plan and turned it into a Zion National Park in the fall + a secret waterfall trip. Plus, we ended up hiking upwards of ten miles anyway, so it was basically the same thing as running, right?
A few weekends ago, I had the amazing opportunity to spend some time in Zion National Park on a photography retreat, where I got to learn from the incredible David J. West. We spent two whole days wandering around one of the most beautiful places on Earth and taking photos and it was incredible. While I know my photos aren’t anywhere near as good as a professional, I think anyone can learn a lot from going to gorgeous locations and practicing, so I wanted to share some of the spots David took us to on the retreat that I think are perfect to work on different skills.
This past weekend, Colby and I took our annual “December is over” trip to St. George, Utah for a little break before life goes back to being crazy. While we were there, we visited one of our very favorite places: Zion National Park. Colby and I have tons of memories here together – I overcame my fear and hiked Angel’s Landing with him, we’ve done the Narrows twice, and we went down at this same time last year and climbed up to Observation Point. Driving into the park feels like coming home and this time was no different.
A few weeks ago, Colby and I went down to St. George for the weekend. It was one of those rare weekends when a holiday fell on a Friday, which meant Colby could ask for Saturday off and we had a whole weekend when neither of us had to work. It was glorious. So we decided to go to one of our favorite places and hike one of our favorite hikes – The Narrows in Zion National Park.
A while ago, I had a dream to hike every non-technical trail in Zion National Park. And after last weekend, I think I have done it! Emerald Pools, the Narrows, Angels Landing, Hidden Canyon, and finally, Observation Point. I mean, of course there are a few other small hikes throughout the main park and Kolob Canyon, but these are the five main ones I wanted!
In total I have probably spent upwards of thirty hours hiking around in Zion, not to mention the time I have spent playing in the Virgin River and kicking a soccer ball around by the lodge. The park is one of my favorite places in the world and no matter what you do, it’s guaranteed to be incredible.