Escape the Crowds: Tips on Evading the Masses in Zion National ParkJan 13, 2018
Escape the Crowds: Tips on Evading the Masses in Zion National Park
Is standing in line and pushing through hordes of people your least favorite thing about going on vacation? If so, you are going to like the information ahead. Zion National Park is one of the most incredible places on Planet Earth and the fact of the matter is that this is not a secret anymore. Over 8 million people visited the park in 2017 and that was an increase from the previous year, a pattern that has stayed steady for years. If you love hiking Zion National Park but would prefer to somehow circumvent the throngs of fellow tourists and have a more peaceful, intimate, and less stressful vacation experience, read ahead. Here are 4 tips to do just that.
This may sound strange or maybe even dangerous, but in all seriousness, it really is hardly any different from hiking while the sun is out if done correctly. Obviously, bring a headlamp with some extra batteries and a flashlight. What you do is prepare beforehand by finding out the approximate time when the moon will rise on the particular evening you’ve planned for and schedule your excursion around that. Honestly, once your eyes adjust, your headlamp may not even be necessary at that point. Cameras adjusted to the proper settings yield incredible photos. You’ll have an amazing time. Many people who’ve done this for the first time then prefer hiking Zion National Park at night altogether. With the trail to yourself and the calm sounds of the evening under the moonlight, it’s an incredible experience.
Choose Trails Wisely and Wake Up Early
This little suggestion will go a long way. Internalize the following advice: weekends are for unpopular trails, weekdays are for popular trails, and start early. Midday is when the tourist herd is on the move so the earlier you can accomplish your desires, the better. For all of you photographers out there, this is a golden rule. You get the best and most fantastic shots with ease because you’ll have the locations all to yourself and the silence will be bliss.
Head for the Northwest Section
The hikes in the main canyon are far and away the most popular and see the most foot traffic. The unfortunate part about this is that all of those people who exclusively stick to the tentpole attractions are truly missing out on some of the best that Zion offers. The northwest section of the park, for example, is where you’ll find Kolob Canyon and La Verkin Trail, two amazing hikes that are just as great as most of what you’ll experience in the main canyon. Campsites are available, permit backpacking is much easier to accomplish, more wildlife will be seen, and a stronger connection to the park and to Mother Nature will most certainly be felt. Get a campsite by the water near Kolob Arch, for example, and you will be sitting pretty.
Come During the Off-Season
If you come during the summer, just know what you’re getting into. It’s still an incredible time, hence the millions of people who plan their hiking Zion National Park vacations for the summer months. Springdale is a phenomenal city to visit during any month of the year and your Zion experience is going to be incredible no matter when you come. But know that you’ll be sharing the space, the trails, the restaurants, etc, with a lot of other people, and there are many folks who’ve said they love that aspect of taking a trip to a destination location. But if that doesn’t suit you and you would prefer to visit Zion on a more peaceful note, consider what we’ve written here and make your decisions from there. Truly, no matter what you do, just getting yourself here in and of itself primes you for an amazing experience and Springdale is ready for you. Visit Zion in 2018!
Escape the Crowds: Tips on Evading the Masses in Zion
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