On Sunday, we drove from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (Jacob Lake, to be exact) in Arizona to Zion National Park. The nearest place to Jacob lake that could qualify as an actual town, Kanab, was nearly an hour away. Kanab has everything you need for a grand spankin’ time:
Also on this route is the Roadside tourist stop, Moqui Cave, built into the side of a rock, which purportedly has the largest collection of fluorescent rocks (naturally displayed under black light) in the U.S. The story goes, too, that the original owner, Garth Chamberlain, had built a giant triceratops head over the entrance (perfect for a roadside attraction, right?), but when he died and the family took over, they didn’t think this was classy enough, so they tore it down and made it look like a cliff dwelling. It was closed, so we didn’t have the honor of going inside, but I’m sure it’s plenty classy now.
I found out the backstory of this place from Roadside America, which has an excellent iPhone app that lets you know about all of the weird and wacky things nearby.
The drive into Zion National Park was just as thrilling. We ended up at the wrong park entrance, so got to pay an extra $15 to be “escorted” through a too-narrow-for-RVs tunnel, then drove down the most switchbacky switchback ever, but we got an auto tour of the entire length of the park before setting up camp, at least.
It was 100°+ in Zion the entire time we were there, so we didn’t go hiking at all and didn’t seem much of anything. (We melt in the heat).
There were at least two people who recommended to me that we do Angel’s Landing— are you kidding me?! These folks obviously don’t know about my vertigo. And by vertigo, I don’t just mean Acrophobia, though yeah, after the fiasco on the drive up Pike’s Peak, I finally admit I have that too — but actual, clinical Vertigo (Labyrinthitis), in which I lose balance and fall down while the entire world spins around me. Angels Landing, which is basically a very tall fin with a trail across its ridiculously narrow peak, is not something I will be experiencing, even if we do return in more agreeable weather!