Zion National Park

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When most people think of Southern Utah, they think Zion. I’m going to say this: Zion is overcrowded and over-saturated by social media.

While it is a beautiful place, I live right next to it and haven’t visited in over 2 years because it’s just not worth the crowds anymore. It’s more like cattle being herded through the park, and I’m not about that life.

That being said, it’s well worth seeing it at least once in your lifetime!

No matter what time of year or what time of day you go, there will be crowds. Avoid going on an obvious holiday where you know the masses of asses will gather.

Since you can do a simple google search and find a million articles on hiking and visiting Zion, I’m going to keep this short and sweet by quickly mentioning my two personal favorite hikes at Zion.

Angel’s Landing

This is an obviously popular hike, but for good reason. It’s beautiful. It has this hard-core reputation of being this crazy sketchy, difficult hike. Maybe I’m off-base here, but I disagree.

It’s a ton of fun and the views are amazing. My favorite run of my entire life was running down the switchbacks on the way back down the trail, dodging tourists. You should try it sometime.

Maybe this is why it has a bad rep, here’s your sign. Literally.

There are some major switchbacks on this trail. It’s a great calf work out and obviously easier on the way back down, when it’s down-hill.

The animals all over the park, including deer, are all super domesticated due to the number of tourists that visit every year. You can walk right up to the deer as well.

The Narrows

The nice thing about this hike is that you can make it relatively short, or do the entire hike. Either way, you start out on a cement trail and begin trekking through the water.

Keep in mind that the entire river is full of large and small unsteady rocks, so I’d suggest being THAT person and bringing a walking stick. Or you can be like me and just use another person as leverage and take the risk of one of you going down at any time. It keeps things interesting.

Fun fact: there’s two things you’ll never see me caught dead with: a walking stick, and a selfie stick. It’s a no from me dawg.

Have you been to Zion? What was your favorite hike?

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  • Heidi
    2019-09-02

    Beautiful photography!

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    • Jessi Bang
      2019-09-02 Heidi

      Thank you so much!

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  • Morgan
    2019-09-02

    That looks so cool! I can’t believe the animals just come right up to you! So beautiful!

    – Morgan @ http://www.mommyaboveall.com

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    • Jessi Bang
      2019-09-02 Morgan

      It’s a cool place! Thanks so much for reading!

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  • Paige
    2019-09-02

    What breathtaking photos! I’ve never been, but it’s now on my bucket list.

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    • Jessi Bang
      2019-09-02 Paige

      You definitely need to go!

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  • Cheryl Oreglia
    2019-09-02

    I love your site! The pictures are outstanding. Thanks for sharing your travels in such an appealing way with a beautiful story.

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    • Jessi Bang
      2019-09-02 Cheryl Oreglia

      Thank you so much for the compliments! I sincerely appreciate it ♥️

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  • Ana
    2019-09-02

    Gorgeous pictures! I’ve never been to Zion but it looks amazing. Not sure about the switchbacks, yikes!

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    • Jessi Bang
      2019-09-02 Ana

      It does get pretty crazy! But it’s fun! And the views are totally worth it!

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  • Sharona
    2019-09-02

    Beautiful pics! I will add this destination to my travel list. I like the two trails you picked. Each is different and striking.

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    • Jessi Bang
      2019-09-02 Sharona

      Thank you! They are great hikes!

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  • Marchelle
    2019-09-06

    WOW!! What a gorgeous place! And you captured it perfectly!

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    • Jessi Bang
      2019-09-06 Marchelle

      Omg! Have you never been to Zion?! You need to come and I’ll take you!

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