Angel’s Landing: Zion National Park

This past weekend, I finally did something I’ve wanted to do since moving to Cedar City two years ago. Three friends and I hiked Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park. It took us about an hour to get to the park entrance, but it was a beautiful fall drive, complete with lots of laughter and conversation.

This is the group of us before getting on the shuttle that takes you to the trailhead. As you can see, we are clearly excited. The bus ride gave info about the hike and included that Angel’s Landing is a “strenuous and perilous hike.” Well, don’t worry. As long as you don’t goof around too much, you’ll be fine. Plus, that’s what the chains are for (pictures later on in the post).

 

 

 

 

We started the hike around 10 a.m. Saturday morning. It was a great time to start because we were ending as the afternoon heat hit. I suggest doing this hike in the morning as it can be quite the workout!

This is me just sitting in a little nook we saw on the side of the trail. These were everywhere & created great picture opportunities!

A group shot & the view from Scout’s Lookout, which is the stopping point for those who don’t want to continue the 1/2 mile uphill to Angel’s Landing. Still a beautiful view, but even better from the top. Trust me! Actually, don’t just trust me. Find out for yourself.

Getting ready for the 1/2 mile of chains! Let the fun/white-knuckle clenching the chains/reminding each other to not look down…begin.

Yep, that’s what we were about to climb. And it was awesome. Steep, but definitely worth the climb.
Nat, me, Jacob, and Rebekah made it to the top!

And, this is one more shot of us coming back down (I think that might have been more intense than climbing up with the chains). Either way, I highly encourage a visit to Zion’s National Park. There are so many great hikes, even if you aren’t a fan of heights. And, it’s only an hour away from SUU! I see more visits in the future…

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