Day 1 - Zion National Park

Leaving home in Salt Lake City, Utah heading to Zion National Park

Stopped at Cove Fort

It's been probably 50 years since I have stopped at Cove Fort. So this was my first stop on the way to Zions.

Cove Fort served as an important way station for travelers, the Pony Express, and telegraph lines from 1867 to the early 1880s. Ira Hinckley and his family, and later Ira’s brother Arza and his family, provided food and lodging for visitors at the fort.

Interesting that there never was a shot fired and the Indians were very friendly to the settlers. 

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A Little Bit about Zion National Park

Located in southwestern Utah, 43 miles east of St. GeorgeZion National Park is Utah’s oldest and most visited national park, annually hosting an average of 4.5 million visitors. The park’s main attraction is Zion Canyon, at its south end, which exhibits stunning rock monoliths and eroded canyon walls cut by the Virgin River over time.

Some of Zion’s most recognized natural wonders are the 2,200-foot Great White Throne, its most famous landmark, the Court of the Patriarchs, Angel’s Landing and the Watchman, which guards its south entrance. Three of the canyon’s most popular trails, providing visitors with breathtaking views of these formations and others, are Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, and Riverside Walk (also known as “Gateway to the Narrows”). Each year thousands of people flock to Zion to hike the Narrows of the Virgin River, which are so narrow in some places that a hiker can nearly touch both sides of the canyon wall with outstretched hands. The Kolob Canyon section, located in the northwestern part of the park, is home to Kolob Arch, which at 310 feet is the world’s largest known natural span. (Credit:

Through Zions - Then Set Up Camp

Since I've been to Zions a lot, I just decided to take a few photos and get to camp and set it up. I'm staying at the Hi-Road Campground, just outside the east entrance of Zions. All the other campgrounds were booked up. I guess people are eager to get outdoors after being confined for 2 years. I don't blame them. 

In the morning, I'll pack up head to Kanab to attend Church, then explore the movie history around Kanab.

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