Friday, April 06, 2007

Zion Country: Bring a Camera!

A quick two hour drive north on I15 will transport you to the stunning scenery of Zion National Park in southern Utah. Las Vegans seeking relief from our summer heat will soon swarm the area, filling shuttle buses, campgrounds, and the tiny town of Springdale just outside Zion’s gates. During the summer months, Zion isn’t as scorching as Vegas, but you still get temps in the 90’s (for true relief from the heat, keep driving north on I15 to Cedar City and Cedar Breaks – look for more on that in future blog entries).

We spent a couple of weekends in Zion, Springdale, and the ghost town of Grafton. While Zion is a destination in itself, the surrounding area holds many lesser-known treasures. Springdale and the tiny town of Rockville are chocked full of lodging, from bed and breakfasts to hotels (Google it and you’ll find an abundance of reasonably-priced places – accommodations range from Best Western to B&B’s in renovated historical homes). Springdale’s unusual and quirky shops sell everything from ice cream to beautiful statutes of Quan Yin. If you like tasty homemade burgers, you’ll be in heaven. Family-owned restaurants are common, a real find for those of us who were raised to believe that chain restaurants are evil. And the ghost town of Grafton almost exhausted my digital camera’s storage.

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