Together with three friends we started to plan a 9 Day Trip to the Zion and Grand Canyon National Park, with visits to Antelope Canyon, and Arches National Park.
The planning commenced in March of 2012, with camping and backcountry reservation in the parks. We researched weather, natural dangers as snakes and such and worked out a detailed nutrition and hydration schedule. We stayed away from energy drinks and instead used dissolving isotope drink tablets, to be used in our water which we purchased at MEC as well as REI.
We worked out a detailed hiking schedule for the Grand Canyon with a maximum hiking time of 6 hours per day. Regular hydration and snack breaks and made sure that we all are aware of each others responsibility to ensure each of Us stays hydrated and nourished.
This type of planning is very important as there are restrictions in weight during our hiking activities. We made sure that we can carry for the Grand canyon at least 10 liters of water per person, per day due to expected high temperatures.
We carried one camp stove per 2 people as well as all necessary cookware.
We decided to make a great road trip out of our adventure, as we would have more flexibility.
We planned 7 hrs of driving time per day to make it in 2 days to Zion National Park. In Zion we planned to stay 3 nights, and then to drive in one day to the Grand Canyon. After 4 days in the Grand Canyon we planned to spend 1 night at Antelope Canyon and 1 night at The Arches National Park, to drive back to Calgary, AB in 2 days.
The trip was an outstanding experience: Here are some pictures to start.
We arrived after 2 days of driving (overnight in Grand Falls)
We set up our tents at “Watchman” campground and visited the town of Zion, purchased some groceries and enjoyed a great dinner at the local Mexican restaurant. The town of Zion is worth the visit and has a few other options for lodging then camping.
The next day we took the complimentary shuttle service in the park to the Angel’s landing Trail head.
The trail is completely paved until the first view-point, where most tourist hikers stop their voyage.
From there it goes up a step trail along cliffs, equipped with chains.
This beautiful tree welcomed us at the end of the trail.
It was a great hike up with a reward of amazing views. And of course, how else to celebrate this, then Jumping in the air..
And here is the rewarding view, down to the Zion valley:
This is the view to north from Angels landing.
We ended our day with a easy stroll back to the Visitor centre, spent some time to get some more information about the next days excursion: The Narrows in Zion National Park.
watch my next block for another tale….