Zion from Springdale

I was impressed with Zion the moment we entered the eastern entrance, but I wasn’t quite ready for the tunnel that led down to the main section of the park. See that small hole in the center of the photo? That’s a window in the tunnel.

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Since you’re not allowed to stop in the 1.1 mile tunnel, it was impossible to get a picture from there, so you’ll have to take my word that it was a memorable tunnel, even more so if you’re slightly claustrophobic.

After the tunnel it’s a rapid drop into the valley below.

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The campgrounds in the park were full, and I got one of the last camp sites in a nearby campground, probably because I was camping in a pickup not a bus-sized RV. It was by far the most expensive campground we stayed in our trip, but it was acceptable because the setting was beautiful.

Not only were there upscale shops,

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but there were restaurants where you could eat on the patio at the end of October.

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Walking back to our camper after dinner we could look over the top of buildings and see mountains glowing in the sunset.

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Even if it was short-lived. In the few minutes it took to get to a better viewpoint, the glow was already half way up the mountain.

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Still, if we had camped somewhere else we might not have seen it at all.

What do you think?