A Weekend in Salt Lake City | Utah

 
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Bonneville Salt Flats
~1.5 hr drive from salt lake city, 110 Miles, Exit mile maker 10

How to get there: From Salt Lake City, get on Interstate 80 going west. Just drive and drive for about 110 miles, just before the Nevada border, at mile marker 10. You will see a rest stop (Salt Flats Rest Area West Bound on Google maps) on the right side where you can park. If you want to drive on the salt flats, I believe you drive past this rest stop to Bonneville Speedway Road (take exit 4) and this road should take you onto the salt flats.

While the salt flats are quite a drive roundtrip from Salt Lake City, I would say it was worth it. The stretches of just white salt made it feel like we were on a different planet. Unfortunately, we missed the thin layer of water that covers the salt for what seems like miles that looks like reflective glass, due to no recent rainfall. But overall it was still an amazing site.

We arrived about an hour before sunset, and spent the full hour taking photos and just marveling and walking on the stretches of salt. Personally, I would highly recommend going around golden hour to watch the  sky and salt change colors.


Cecret/Secret Lake, Albion Basin
1 mi Roundtrip, Easy, ~1 Hour RT, Limited Service/GPS

How to get there: From Salt Lake City it was about an hour drive. Take 210 , up the mountain on Little Cottonwood Canyon Road to Albion Basin Road, and past the ski resorts. We parked at the Albion Basin Campground, so you can put that into google  maps. The last 2.5 miles to the campgrounds weren’t paved. Supposedly during other parts of the year it is pretty crowded and parking is extremely limited. Fortunately while we were there, there weren’t many people and parking was aplenty.

We made the mistake of parking and walking up through the campground, which took us on an extra 30 minute detour, so we had to turn around and start from the parking lot again. Instead, to the right of the entrance where the pay booth is, there is a sign with the trail map. Start there! I don’t know how, but we missed it.

From there the hike is super easy, follow the trail which is super flat. The last bit, there is an incline but it is pretty gradual because of the switchbacks. Towards the very top it gets rockier but definitely still easy. We were (literally) racing to beat the sun so this part had our hearts slightly pounding.

At the top you reach a serene lake hidden at the base of the mountain, where snow melts into. I’ve read that this hike is blooming with wild flowers during the summer season.


Provo Canyon

We drove up into Provo Canyon, wanting to see the fall colors. Unfortunately, all the leaves had dropped (last weekend of October) by the time we got there. It was still a cool site seeing the canyon of Evergreens, and barren forrest of Aspen skeletons.

Our first stop was Bridal Veil Falls, a spot where you can park and walk directly to the falls. We went during a really cold time, so we just quickly snapped some photos, and left. But I’m thinking during other parts of the year when it’s warmer you can climb up closer to the base of the falls. Apparently you can just climb the area of runoff (when there’s less water) but there are also take a trail to the left. I found this article extremely helpful!


Coffee Shops
Publik Coffee Roasters, Blue Copper Coffee

We checked out a couple of the local coffee shops in Salt Lake City. We tried out Publik and Blue Copper and both were well liked. Publik had a huge space, two stories, so a great spot for studying or working. Not to mention, their bathrooms have powdered soap! Among our friends we tried the triple latte, cold, brew and the most popular was the blonde latte. Blue Copper is a much smaller space but has a really cool hand painted sign on the side! 



Dining, Brunch, & Bars
Jinya Ramen, Purgatory, Pig & A Jelly Jar, Tucanos Brazillian Grill, Sweet Lake Biscuits And Limeade, Ginza Japanese Shabu Shabu

Jinya Ramen: ★★★★ (5) While Jinya is a chain, it tasted and felt extremely authentic and we were really impressed. I got the Sprouting Up Ramen bowl which had chashu pork, seaweed, a soft boiled egg and best of all,  crispu brussels sprouts. We also tried their takoyaki, and Jinya Bun. The boys really enjoyed their hearty and cheap, $1 noodle refill!

Purgatory: ★★★★☆ (4) We grabbed a late night bite and some drinks at the Purgatory, a bar downtown.  It was affordable, tasty, and had a good selection of both food and drink. The overall ambiance of the place was also nice, the space well designed, and busy with a young adult crowd. Another plus, were the games in the back (GIANT Connect Four, Jenga, and Shuffle Board.)

Pig & a Jelly Jar: ★★★☆☆ (3) We got our food to go because the wait was long and seating limited. We didn’t receive great service and it ended up being a frustrating experience. The servers kept telling us to conflicting information and kept moving us around until we were told to wait outside for our food. We waited quite a while for our orders and when we payed they kept our cards for an uncomfortable amount of time. We took our food home, and while it was good, it wasn’t anything out of the world, and had inconsistent portion sizes.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill: ★★★☆☆ (3) Tucanos had a very casual vibe for a Brazilian Steakhouse, with lots families and large parties. Their food was buffet style, except the meat of course. We found that where we were seated, we weren’t getting the best options, because by the time they made their round, they were usually out. However the food was decently good and the pricing okay also (at ~$24/person before T&T).

Sweet Lake Biscuits and Limeade: ★★★★☆ (4) This spot had quite a wait, but it was Sunday brunch hour. The food was good, most of us got the Eggs Benedict (pictured below), The Hoss, or T-Rose, all really good! Their Limeade was also really good, the raspberry one a little chunky, but the mint limeade perfectly tangy. We also had to try their Biscuit Bread Pudding, which was enough to share with our party of seven, because of how full we were and sweet it was. Also if you check-in on yelp, you get a really good Salted Caramel Banana Cookie (a little too much frosting though.)

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Ginza Japanese Shabu Shabu: ★★★★☆ (4) Ginza is south of Salt Lake City in Sandy. We went on a Sunday night and it was pretty quiet with only two other parties. But the food was good and service excellent. They had a good selection of broths, meats and veggies, and dipping sauces. It was also affordable at $18/person before T&T for all you can eat!

 

Utah National Parks Road Trip Tips & Guide

 

This is my complete guide on how to visit some of Utah’s must visit National Parks in just six days. Utah is really a beautiful state with tons to see and do (despite it being super spread out with little civilization besides Salt Lake City and the national parks.) I loved spending the week camping under the stars (one night in the car while it unexpectedly snowed), hiking up to views we didn’t end up seeing (Angel’s Landing), and photographing to my heart’s content. Even driving for miles and miles between parks was exciting to see! Our road trip through Utah didn’t disappoint and definitely hope to re-visit it one day.

Overview of the logistics of our trip including how to get there (flights + rental cars), what to wear, links for important maps and guides, and where we stayed. I also included a quick rundown of our spending, the rental car, gas/mileage, food, and a packing list!

Zion National Park Pt. 1  + Pt. 2  •  Bryce Canyon National Park •  Arches National Park Pt. 1 Pt. 2


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Zion National Park
Angel’s Landing/Scout’s Lookout + Emerald Pools | ~2.5 Hr Outside Las Vegas, Airbnb In Hurricane

*Background* We flew from SJC to LAS and landed around 9AM. We got our bags from baggage claim and took the shuttle to pick up our rental car. By the time we were leaving the airport it was around 10AM and we arrived at Zion just before 1:30 PM (~2 h 30 min, 171 mi,  +1 hour for MDT)

We had 1.5 days at Zion in mid-end September: the rest of that day and the majority of the next. Originally, we planned on hiking the Narrows as soon as we arrived the first day and Angel’s Landing the next morning before heat and crowds. But it ended up being a cool and rainy visit. There were flash flood warnings the day it arrived and we hoped it would be lifted the next day so we could hike The Narrows. We hiked Angel’s Landing the first day despite advisory not to.

WHAT TO WEAR: Hiking boots for those rocky and slippery ledges up to Angel’s Landing. Hiking boots have tread that help grip uneven surfaces while being water resistant and providing support. Bring clothing for all weather conditions and dress in layers!

QUICK TRIP TIPS:
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Day 1: Scout’s LookoutAngel’s Landing | Day 2: Emerald Pools
•  Use the park’s newspaper for trail information (difficulty, length, elevation, etc.)
•  Plan trip beforehand and talk to rangers at visitor center with any questions
•  Check weather conditions online before arriving and at visitor center

LODGING: We stayed in an AirBnB that night in Hurricane about 35 minutes outside of the park. There was a Walmart nearby where we bought a disposable cooler, food, and ice for the week.


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Bryce Canyon National Park
Queen’s Garden Trail + Inspiration Point | ~1.5 Hr From Zion, Camp At Bryce Canyon Pines, Budget Inn In Green River

We planned on seeing Inspiration Point and Bryce Point the second half of the second day (first half in Zion and driving from Zion). But it ended up raining, hailing, and snowing, so instead we spent the evening figuring out where to stay. The second day in Bryce we hiked Queen’s Garden Trail to Navajo Loop from Sunrise to Sunset Point and visited Inspiration Point. That same day we drove part ways to Arches National Park.

WHAT TO WEAR: Hiking boots recommended, however for the hikes we did, regular tennis shoes would have been fine! Dress in layers, depending on the time of the year, it may be cold but it definitely gets hot.

QUICK TRIP TIPS:
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Day 3: Queen’s Garden Trail to Navajo Loop from Sunrise to Sunset PointInspiration Point
•  Use the park’s newspaper for trail information (difficulty, length, elevation, etc.)
•  Check weather conditions online before arriving and at visitor center

LODGING:
★★★★☆ (4) 
Our first night in Bryce we stayed at Bryce Canyon Pines that offers both campsites ($37.50) and motel lodging. We were supposed to camp on their grounds but it ended up snowing. We tried to find another motel or inn, but everything was full so we slept in our compact car. The campground was amongst Pine trees, and the main office, where you check-in doubles as a gas station. The main office was also a convenience store, had clean bathrooms for showering, and laundry machines.

★★☆☆☆ (2) The second night between Bryce and Arches we stayed at Budget Inn in Green River, about 45 min outside Arches National Park and 3.5 hr outside Bryce Canyon. The inn itself is pretty small, rundown, kind of dirty, but still habitable. It was only ~$56/night, way cheaper than everything else near Arches. It comes with free cable/wifi, and complimentary breakfast. We didn’t trust the sheets so opted to sleep in our sleeping bags on the bed, which I recommend. We got dinner at Tacos Las Pasadita right across the street that was open late, delicious and cheap!


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Arches National Park
Devil’s Garden, Double Arch, WindowsDelicate Arch | ~4 Hr From Bryce, ~4 Hr From SLC, Camp At Moab KOA

We checked out of the Budget Inn ~6:45AM to get a head start and arrived in Arches by 7:30 when the visitor’s center opened. Because we read about difficult parking we wanted to get a head start. We visited a ton of arches all over the park. The first day we hiked Devil’s Garden and saw Landscape Arch, Double-O Arch, Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, and Black Arch. That same day we also visited Double Arch and the Windows around sunset. On the second day at Arches we hiked Delicate Arch both during the day and again at night!

QUICK TRIP TIPS:
•  Day 4: Devil’s Garden (Landscape Arch, Double-O Arch), The Windows, and Double Arches | Day 5: Delicate Arch, Sand Dune Arch, Sky Arch | Day 6: Park Avenue
•  Use the park’s newspaper for trail information (difficulty, length, elevation, etc.)
•  Check weather conditions online before arriving and at visitor center.

LODGING: ★★★★★ (5) We stayed at Moab KOA which was $36/night and only 15 min outside the park. It had clean showers/bathrooms, a small convenience store, and wifi. I highly recommend this clean and budget friendly spot for camping!

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Other Tips, Packing List, & Budget

FOOD/WATER: $213 for meals and groceries
•  Buy a styrofoam cooler and ice, once you arrive buy convenient sandwich/wrap ingredients. We made chicken wraps (shredded a rotisserie chicken, sliced tomatoes, avocado, spinach, hummus) for most of our meals and only ate out maybe 3 or 4 times during out trip.
•  Pack snacks high in protein and healthy fats to give you energy and keep you full (nuts, seed crackers & hummus, turkey jerky)
•  Buy a small case of water bottles, and BRING YOUR OWN water bottle/hydration pack because all parks had filling stations
•  Make sure to pack aluminum foil and Ziploc bags, cutting board surface, knives

FLIGHT:
Southwest
•  SJC > LAS (~$50)
•  SLC > OAK (~$89)

RENTAL CAR/GAS/MILEAGE:
•  LAS > Zion > Bryce > Arches > SLC ≈  1016 mi
•  Filled 3 times at ~$2.20/gallon
•  Enterprise, 2016 Ford Focus, Compact
•  $406, 6 days, Different drop off location

PARK ENTRY FEES: $80 Annual Pass is highly recommended, each park’s fee varies ranging from $15–$35/vehicle so if you go to multiple parks an annual pass is the best deal. Each pass covers one vehicle but can be shared by two people so I would recommend sharing with another person, not on the same trip with you so it’s only $40/party! Passes can be bought online or at REI.

LODGING: ~$217 for 5 nights camping, AirBnB, Inn (details above)

OTHER SPENDING: 
~$30 for souvenirs, medicine

PACKING LIST:
•  GPS
•  tent + stakes + hammer
•  footprint
•  sleeping pads
•  sleeping bag
•  travel pillows
•  knives
•  backpacks
•  hydration packs
•  gatorade powder
•  hiking shoes/socks
•  styrofoam cooler
•  aloe
•  sunscreen
•  hats/sunglasses
•  swimsuit
•  hammock
•  rope/tools
•  headlamps
•  camera
•  chargers
•  external charger


•  car charger/aux
•  tripod
•  towels
•  toiletries
•  first aid kit
•  medical cards
•  cooling towels
•  dc/ac converter
•  duct tape
•  hand sanitizer
•  shower shoes
•  extension chord
•  toilet paper
•  paper towel
•  garbage/ziploc bags
•  aluminum foil
•  power block
•  bug spray/candle
•  fire starter
•  mirror
•  tupperware/cutlery
•  clothing for all weather conditions

 

Delicate Arch (Day + Night Hike) | Arches National Park, Utah

 

Delicate Arch
~1-2 hr Roundtrip, 3 mi Roundtrip, Intermediate

How to get there: Turn right off the main road onto Delicate Arch Road after 11.5 miles from the park entrance. park in Wolf Ranch parking lot on the left. You can also keep going straight to view the arch from the Upper and Lower Viewpoints.

The entire hike is only about 1.6 mi each way. It only took us 30 min to hike up, but we read it takes most 45 min –1 hr. It isn’t extremely difficult except the middle section which is a consistent incline on the face of open rock. The trail starts pretty flat, you pass a cabin and eventually reach a short incline. This incline turns hilly, but is still pretty easy. Walking up and down a couple times, you reach the base of the previously mentioned incline.

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Once you reach the incline it isn’t super steep but just consistently uphill for quite a distance. Because there is no clearly define path, just follow the crowd up! While it is defined as a ‘difficult’ hike but the park, there were people of all ages making their way up. Just stop and take breaks every once in a while.

At the top, the last stretch is winding through short shrubs/trees and rocks. Finally, you reach a set of stairs that takes you up to a ridgeway along a rock wall. Just above the stairs, if you climb up the wall, there is a hole that gives you a view of the arch from that point. Continuing on, you follow this semi-narrow ridge along the wall before turning the corner and seeing the Delicate Arch.

It really is stunning view and I can’t decide if it looks bigger in person or smaller, but regardless standing underneath it is something to experience. There is a line for pictures underneath the arch, but everyone is polite waiting their turn. People even offer to take help you take your photo. Make sure to fasten hats and other loose articles of clothing. It was very windy at the top! Also if you are afraid of heights, something to note: the whole area is like a huge bowl that funnels down, and you walk along the top edge to reach the arch.


Delicate Arch at Night

Essentially the hike is the exact same but here are some tips and bit from our experience:

FOLLOW THE ROCK STACKS (later learned these are called rock cairns) We have come to the conclusion that these were created to help you find your way and navigate. Let’s just say we got lost twice, and it was scary in the pitch dark. So follow the stacks and footprints in the sand.

Make sure to dress warm and wear head lamps. We started our hike around 11PM in hopes of seeing the Milky Way at it’s highest point. Do some research beforehand to find out what time is best. National Parks are ideal for stargazing and night photography because they are so isolated from civilization and light pollution. We used the free app Sky Guide which we found pretty useful. If you are going up for photography, allow yourself enough time to hike up and set up your equipment. You might want to go at a time where the Milky Way is right above or through the arch.

While hiking up, we did pass by a couple groups but not may were around. We also heard coyotes in the distance but not close to where we were. The hike was pretty scary with getting lost and it being completely dark. At the same time it was thrilling and not sure if I would want to do it again, but I definitely don’t regret it. Overall go in a group, be careful and follow the rock stacks!

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Devil’s Garden, Double Arch, Windows | Arches National Park, UT

 

Devil’s Garden
4.2 mi roundtrip, ~2–3 hr, Easy-Intermediate, Landscape, Partition, Double-O Arch

How to get there: Devil’s Garden is at the very end of Arches National Park which is a one way park and not a loop. It’s about 18 miles into the park. There are lots of parking spots, but also lots of people, so make sure you get there early. We arrived around 8AM and parking was no problem.

Start at the trailhead in the center of the parking lot, next to the bathrooms. Within the first 0.3 mi you will come to the first major arch: Tunnel Arch, and a little farther along at is Pine Tree Arch. Both are exciting to see but nothing compared what is to come.

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At about 0.8 mi is Landscape Arch, the first iconic arch in Devil’s Garden. Landscape Arch is the longest arch in Arches National Park at ~290 feet wide. Up until this point, the trail is relatively even and mellow. Some turn around at this point, but you can continue on to the Primitive Trail to reach Double-O Arch.

While the trail becomes more challenging and is classified as a ‘difficult’ trail by the Arches NP Visitor’s Guide, we found it to intermediate at most if not still easy. You leave the ground’s sandy path and climb onto an inclining ramp-like sandstone fin, elevating 250 ft with drop offs on each side, but is by no means extremely narrow. After you reach the top of this section, there’s another fin you can climb onto, to get a cool overlook of what you just climbed.

After you finish this fin, you hike for about half a mile on the dirt path before climbing onto another fin. This fin is wider and flat the whole way with a great view of Devil’s Garden on the right.  On the way there is also a sign that points you to and overlook where you can see Black Arch. Just past Black Arch maybe less than half a mile is Double-O Arch

Towards the end you climb down another narrow fin before the last little walk to the base of the Double-O Arch. Climbing down the last fin can be a little intimidating but is by no means impossible. It is recommended to walk through the arch to get a view from the other side.

On our way back we stopped at Partition Arch and Navajo Arch. Partition Arch was pretty cool but a little sketchy once you climbed through, but sitting underneath such a large arch was a cool experience. We didn’t find Navajo Arch particularly exciting but is really close by so worth checking out!


Double Arch
0.25 mi, ~5 min, Easy-Intermediate

How to get there: The drive from the entrance of the park is about 9.5 mi. You turn right towards “Windows Trailhead” just past Balanced Rock. Park in the lot connecting Double Arch and the Windows. You might have to drive around a couple times to find parking, but there is always someone leaving. I would suggest parking and walking between the two instead of re-parking to go to the other, which is only about a mile.

There’s a short, easy, half mile walk down the trail to the base of the Double Arch. You can see it from the parking lot and just follow the trail. However if you want to climb and sit in one of the arches this part could be considered ‘intermediate.’ The view through the arch isn’t that exciting but sitting in the arch is pretty cool. Coming down from the arch is probably the hardest part, as it is a little steep.


The Windows: North + South, Turret Arch
0.5 mi to N Window from trailhead, 1 mi Between all three, 10-20 min total, Easy

The North Window is the one you immediately see from the trailhead. From the North Window you continue on towards Turret Arch and if you turn left instead of going straight to Turret Arch you will turn a corner and see the South Window. From these windows you can also see the Elephant’s Parade.

 

Queen’s Garden, Inspiration Point | Bryce Canyon, UT

 

Queen’s Garden Trail, Navajo Loop
3 mi, ~2-3 hr, Easy-Intermediate, Sunrise to Sunset Point

How to get there: You can drive around Bryce but they also offer a complimentary shuttle. I would suggest parking at Sunset and starting the hike there. You can either walk to or take the shuttle to Sunrise Point, we walked since it was only 0.5 mi.

Starting at Sunrise point there is a lookout with an amazing view, but trust me, it only gets better. The trailhead is clearly marked by wooden signs as you venture down into the canyon, surrounded by hoodoos. Queen’s Garden Trail is ~1.6 mi downhill until you reach the bottom of the canyon and come to a fork. At the fork you can either continue to Sunset Point or take the Navajo Loop back to Sunset Point.

Take the Navajo Loop Trail until you reach a fork where you can either take Wall Street on the left or go right past Thor’s Hammer. We originally wanted to take Wall Street, as we heard it was amazing. However it was closed off so we had no choice but to take the other way, which was still amazing. Either way, both hikes up are quite steep switchbacks, so just take those breaks! It was really cool looking down from the top of the switchbacks.

Finally, the last stretch is really short, maybe a 0.2 mi at most where you see Thor’s Hammer and get a great view of the Amphitheater. At the end there is a viewpoint right next to the parking lot that many go to for a quick picture.

Overall, the most popular hike in Bryce because of how beautiful and doable it is. We chose to go from Sunrise to Sunset because Sunrise is a much longer incline than starting at Sunset. While Sunset is much steeper, chances are you will stop every few switchbacks to enjoy the view. So we preferred the long ‘milder’ downhill and quick ‘steeper’ uphill versus the opposite.


Inspiration Point
3 mi, ~0.5 hr, Easy

You park in the lot at Inspiration Point and can see the amphitheater from three levels. You can also actually reach Inspiration Point by walking 0.75 mi south of Sunset Point. It’s quite a steep walk up to each of the levels but they’re all short and definitely worth it!

Jordan and I both agree that Bryce was probably one of our favorite parts of our trip, while short lived, we thoroughly enjoyed our day there. It was just awe-inspiring seeing the thousands of hoodoos and the scale of mother nature’s formations. Even if you are only driving through, I would highly recommend checking out Inspiration Point!

 

Emerald Pools, Riverside Walk | Zion National Park, UT

 
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Emerald Pools
3 mi in-and-out, ~2 hr, Easy-Intermediate, Stop #5 Zion Lodge

How to get there: Park in Zion’s Visitor Center lot. Take the complimentary shuttle to The Lodge (5). Walk across the road and across the bridge to Lower Falls Trails.

Because of all the rain, the falls at the Pools  were full and flowing. I’ve heard it is a little less exciting during the summer months. The trail to the Lower Pool is a flat and easy 0.5 mi. Once you reach the falls the trail takes you right under them along an alcove as  they pour down over you into the pools. You can see the falls from multiple angles if you keep walking.

The Middle Pool is an additional 0.5 miles and the trail gets slightly more difficult with little incline but still easy. The Middle Pool are the streams that flows down and turns into the waterfalls that flow into the Lower Pool.  From here you get a great, wide view of the scenery.

The Upper Pool is the most exciting to see, with water falling from 300+ ft. It’s only an additional 0.5 mi of moderate incline, still pretty easy. Towards the end you cross some small streams by jumping from rock to rock, before you face the towering falls.

Overall, highly recommend hiking the Pools. It’s cool seeing a lush oasis of waterfalls and plants in such a dry setting. It generally is pretty crowded so plan accordingly, and bringing a lunch or snacks would be a good idea!


Riverside Walk, The Narrows
1 mi in-and-out, ~1 Hr, Easy, Stop #8 Temple Of Sinawava (Last Stop)

How to get there: Park in Zion’s Visitor Center lot. Take the complimentary shuttle to the last stop, Temple of Sinawava (8).

Unfortunately, with the heavy rain and definite flash flood warnings we were unable to hike The Narrows. Instead, we did the easy Riverside Walk that takes you to the entrance of The Narrows where the riverbank disappears. It was a super easy walk that took maybe 20-30 minutes and was just a nice spot to takes some pictures at. There wasn’t too much to see at the end. We will definitely have to come back to hike through the water to reach the famous “Wall Street” where the walls really come in and around you.

 

Angel’s Landing, Scout Lookout | Zion National Park, UT

 

Scout’s Lookout
2 mi, ~1–2 hr, Intermediate-Hard, Stop #6 The Grotto

How to get there: Park in Zion’s Visitor Center lot. It’s pretty big, but gets crowded during peak season so you have to park outside the park and walk in. Take the complimentary shuttle to The Grotto (6). Walk across the street to the Angel’s Landing trailhead on the right (part of West Rim Trail).

The hike starts on a sandy path along the river before hitting a paved part that begins a mild incline. Soon you hit the first set of longer switchbacks climbing to Refrigerator Canyon where you walk along tall canyon walls. It flattens out for a bit in the canyon until you reach the challenging 21 switchbacks called Walter’s Wiggles. After that you are rewarded with the view atop Scout’s Lookout!

Overall this isn’t an easy hike but also not impossible. It’s just a steep incline but as long as you take breaks when appropriate, it is a great hike! We went on a rainy day so the heat nor crowd was an issue. But many suggest arriving early to avoid both. While many say it took ~2 hours to get up to Scout’s Lookout, it only took us ~1 hour hiking at a moderately quick pace. We stopped maybe 3 or 4 times to catch our breath and take in the view.

Angel’s Landing (cont. from Scout’s Lookout)
0.5 mi, ~1 hr, Intermediate-Hard, Stop #6 The Grotto

How to get there: See directions for Scout’s Lookout. This hike is an additional 0.5 miles from Scout’s Lookout along a rocky ridge with chains.

After taking a photo break at Scout’s Lookout, we continued on to Angels Landing. While it isn’t challenging on the heart, it does require some caution when maneuvering along narrow ledges. The hike itself is fun, climbing up and down rocks and along ledges with the help of the chains. Since it was raining pretty hard, the scariest part was how slippery the rocks and chains were while we held on for dear life. We were expecting it to be a lot harder after reading other’s reviews but found it to be only moderately difficult!

You continue climbing up until you reach the great view. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the view! While it was disappointing, we were proud of ourselves for making the hike through the cold wind and rain. Even without the views, the towering rocks and canyon walls were still captivating to walk amongst. We will definitely be back one day to hike this again and hopefully see the view.