Zion

Zion was the second to the last place Steele and I visited on our epic roadtrip last winter/spring (our last was the Grand Canyon).  We camped on BLM land outside of the park, because free!, beautiful, and quite. For once (all of my friends that know my researching ways you can be shocked at this moment), I actually have no clue what the area we stayed in was called. I probably could research & tell you, but check out this blog post (thanks Google) that has all the beta on the BLM lands around Zion! BLM lands, dispersed camping through the National Forests, and free local spots are absolutely how I kept the expense of traveling for over four months on the cheap. I love our public lands and so wish the east had more! (end tangent)

One of the "cons" of public lands is the lack of stewardship of other people. (If you want to know about how to leave no trace while camping, read up on the general   principles  and then about enjoying the  desert .) That being said, it's a perfect opportunity to talk with Steele about leaving places better than we found them. If you ever get to camp or hike or climb with us, you better believe this guy is on trash patrol. 

One of the "cons" of public lands is the lack of stewardship of other people. (If you want to know about how to leave no trace while camping, read up on the general  principles and then about enjoying the desert.) That being said, it's a perfect opportunity to talk with Steele about leaving places better than we found them. If you ever get to camp or hike or climb with us, you better believe this guy is on trash patrol. 

This book was one of my favorites of 2015! (Read an excerpt on Patagonia's  blog ) 

This book was one of my favorites of 2015! (Read an excerpt on Patagonia's blog

We spent an entire day just playing around our campsite without leaving once. 

We spent an entire day just playing around our campsite without leaving once. 

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Our climbing partners did their first big wall in the park, while Steele and I explored! And by explored I mean, hiked Angel's Landing! I will say if you're not afraid of heights and in decent shape, this is definitely a must do! I would not have brought Steele if he wasn't in a carrier. Even if you're afraid of heights or exposure, consider hiking the first two paved miles up to Scout Landing. It's a wide area that would be perfect for picnic (which is what Steele and I did before finishing out the last .5 mile to the landing) and has restrooms.  

Probably our most epic selfie! There were also climbing anchors down behind us and the wall below them looked fantastic.

Probably our most epic selfie! There were also climbing anchors down behind us and the wall below them looked fantastic.

A really nice lady took this for us! One of my favorites of our entire trip. 

A really nice lady took this for us! One of my favorites of our entire trip. 

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We spent about an hour at the top of the landing and then made our way back down to play in the river. 

We spent about an hour at the top of the landing and then made our way back down to play in the river. 

We also rode the shuttle approximately 472,827 times while waiting for the guys to top out and make their way down. 

We also rode the shuttle approximately 472,827 times while waiting for the guys to top out and make their way down. 

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Zion is stunning. Angel's Landing was our only longer hike in the three days we were there. Part of that was being available to our climbing partners if anything should arise on their first big wall. They ended up topping out right at sunset of day two of the climb and we got to watch them on the last few pitches from the shuttle stop two photos up. Steele and I took one of the last shuttles out and got the Jeep to pick up the guys (since by time they hiked down the shuttle service would have ended). Before they even got down, the S tribe ended up running shuttle for the nicest climbing couple that had just missed the last shuttle. Once the guys were retrieved, we hustled to the Mexican restaurant in town and got awesome food right before they closed! 

The most important part of our trip: visiting  Deep Creek Coffee  two of the three days! Steele was the proud owner of a lemon blueberry pastry that he devoured before our Angel's Landing hike. 

The most important part of our trip: visiting Deep Creek Coffee two of the three days! Steele was the proud owner of a lemon blueberry pastry that he devoured before our Angel's Landing hike. 

Next time we go, I've got us a long list of hikes and we will definitely stay longer!

Have you been to Zion -what were your favorite hikes?