Mercy and Will went to Zion National Park in 2016 for Canyonning and rock climbing. They took rock climbing lessons prior to their adventure. It was an awing experience to them.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park in southern Utah is amid the impressive National Parks and National Monuments. The Park’s abundant beauty stops visitors in their tracks and leaving them gaping in awe. The crushing violence of Mother Nature has created the weathered perfection in the heart of Utah.
The nine-known exposed geologic formations in Zion National Park are part of a super-sequence of rock units called the Grand Staircase. The rock formations represent about 150 million years of mostly Mesozoic-aged sedimentation in North America.
Uplift affected the entire region, known as the Colorado Plateaus, by slowly raising these formations more than 10,000 feet (3,000 m) higher than where they were deposited.
The faster-moving streams took advantage of uplift-created joints in the rocks. Eventually, all Cenozoic-aged formations were removed, and gorges were cut into the plateaus. Zion Canyon was cut by the North Fork of the Virgin River in this way. During the latter part of this process, lava flows and cinder cones covered parts of the area.
High water volume after snowstorm in wet seasons does most of the downcutting in the main canyon.
Guided horseback riding trips, nature walks, and evening programs are available from late March to early November.
The Junior Ranger Program for ages 6 to 12 is active from Memorial Day to Labor at the Zion Nature Center.
Seven trails with round-trip times of half an hour (Weeping Rock) to 4 hours are found in Zion Canyon.
Lodging in the park is available at Zion Lodge, located halfway through Zion Canyon.
Three campgrounds are available. Overnight camping in the backcountry requires permits.
It is a pleasure to introduce my guest blogger Mercy Rossi, my daughter. She will take you on an exciting trip. before they went on this trip, they took rock climbing lessons!
The fall of 2016, my husband and I traveled to Zion National Park. We were awed yet again by God’s beautiful creation.
The sun moves towards the horizon, casting shadows on majestic rock formations, which draw thousands of visitors each year.
We did an overnight camping trip along the West Rim trail. Sometimes in life, we lose sight of what’s truly important, but being in nature helps us regain our focus.
Alone in the wilderness, I gaze out over the deep canyons, breathing in the sweet air slowly, appreciating being present in the moment.
The light breaks through the trees in a soft and gentle way.
This was our first canyoneering trip together. It involved trusting one another, trusting ourselves, trusting the equipment, communicating well, overcoming fear, and I saved the best for last – having fun and memories of being outside of our comfort zone together!
There are many quotes about hard work but this one I find captures what we experienced during this trip: “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations” – this was true of canyoneering but also true of life in general, whether it’s overcoming a difficult situation with a good friend or a partner or something more personal like being hurt by a loved one.