Archive for the ‘Zion National Park’ Category

5 Essential Items to Prepare for Zion Weather

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Zion National Park ranges in elevation from just under 4,000′ to over 8,700′, and temperatures can be quite different at varying elevations. Zion Ponderosa sits at 6,500′ and is therefore cooler than the bottom of the park, and that is a great thing during hot summer months. The upper areas of the park are part of large plateaus and are less shielded from breezes so during winter, spring, and fall, wind-chill is something to take into consideration.

Zion Hiking

Hiking to upper elevations in Zion National Park.

Layered Clothing:
With exposure to wind, sun, and the rare chance of rain or snow, it is always good to bring along some layers of clothing that can be easily added or removed. Light long sleeve shirts, and zippered leg-pants that turn long pants into shorts, or vice-versa, can be handy. If you intend to be in the water (slot canyons) it is wise to put some articles of clothing in water-proof or zip-lock bags so you’ll have some dry clothing.

Foil blanket and rain pancho

Take these items along every time you hike. They are small, light, and inexpensive.

Rain / Wind Protection: It is wise to include an inexpensive rain poncho, and an emergency reflective foil blanket, as these items are small, light, and always easy to include in a small backpack or waist pack.  These items can be converted into a crude shelter if needed.

Sun hat

Broad brimmed hats give better coverage from sun exposure.

Broad Brimmed Hat: No matter the time of year a hat is always a good item to have along since the skies over Zion are mostly clear, and sun exposure should be anticipated. It’s always wise to include sunscreen for any other parts of your body that will get too much sun exposure.

water bottles

Bring water on every walk or hike.

Water: No matter the time of year, if you are outdoors and walking for any lengthy period of time, you’ll need water. In summer months it is wise to plan on approximately ½ a liter of water for each hour, and depending on your level of exertion you may wish to have more. Water filtration bottles are easy to carry and not a bad idea for emergency situations.

Insulation: If you intend to go into one of the Zion area slot canyons where you’ll be in and out of water, then you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for water temperatures and sun-shaded canyons. In non-summer months water and air temperatures can be quite cool and you’ll need insulation for your feet, and/or your whole body (wet or dry-suit).

Other items for emergencies: It’s always good to bring a portable first aid kit and some matches or some way to start a fire to keep warm.

Angels Landing Trail – The Thrill!

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Angels Landing is one of the best known unique hiking trails in America. We’ve seen a lot of pictures and video of Angels Landing and the trail that leads to the top of this remarkable sandstone fin, but we’ve never seen a video as good as this one.

This video captures the real views and the dramatic sensations that come from hiking Angels Landing. We invite you to watch this and then plan your next great vacation to Zion National Park and Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.  Read about The Top 10 Things To Do in Zion.

The other best view in the park is Observation Point which is actually quite a bit higher than Angels Landing. Check out some pictures and video of that great hike which is best accomplished from Zion Ponderosa.

Observation Point – Zion National Park

Monday, December 30th, 2013

A while back we posted some photos about Observation Point in Zion National Park.  The easiest way to get to Observation Point is from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, and this road access is open to the public anytime of year. Here’s a short video clip from that same hike that we did recently to Observation Point.

Remember that there can be some snow in the winter at this elevation, and it may be a good time to snowshoe or cross country ski to Observation Point.  Be aware that snow is not consistent at this elevation, in winter months, and you can expect either zero inches of snow on up to one or two feet, depending on the year.  Either way, this is a great overlook to experience even in winter months from the trail-head at Zion Ponderosa.

The other way to Observation Point in winter is from the bottom of the park, and the trail is not recommend during this time-frame.

Summer or winter, remember the best access to Observation Point is from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort on the east side of the park.  Read more about it here.