Zion National Park

Zion National Park, UT

Campsite: Virgin Dam, free

40 min drive to Zion National NP

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Heading from Joshua Tree National park we drove through dessert and mountains into Las Vegas right before hitting dusk. We lost cell service most of the way prior to Vegas but we had downloaded some fun music to entertain along with the scenery. With a quick grocery run through a Walmart we grabbed burgers and headlamps before departing towards Virgin Dam in southern Utah, just outside of Zion (a free site we found through Campendium). We arrived at 10:30 after six hours of driving and two hours in complete darkness before setting up the tent. Alex made some cheeseburgers for dinner as I worried about the “wild animals” getting us from the smells. I heard some noises but could’ve been my imagination.

Our tent held up against the blustering winds, but we did feel a bit cold. It was 23 degrees  fehrenheit with a windchill throughout and a corner of the rain flap had came loose exposing one of our windows to the wind. We awoke to a light dusting of snow  around the tent.

All good things, we tried to make some coffee but the wind was a little too much for our butane grill so we cut breakfast and made way towards Zion.

The mountains and canyons towered over each other with  trees climbing the steep cliffs, in awesome spectacle to see.

It had unique views with shades of red coloring the mountains covered by snow and vegetation. Every area that we drove through was a different experience.


Dark tunnels carved through the mountains and winding snowy roads brought us to an overlook in which we can see for miles. We whipped together a quick lunch  of eggs, ground beef,  Hawaiian rolls  and fresh brewed coffee at the north entrance.  

Finishing up we passed back through a few more scenic  areas, took some photos before taking off towards the Horseshoe bend.