Today we headed out to venture through Zion National Park. The drive to the visitor center is very scenic. There is a large 1.1 mile tunnel in which the traffic is controlled mostly as one way traffic. The reason is the height...there are lots of motorhomes and RV's traveling to campgrounds and they need to be escorted. They are measured and charged a fee.
The major Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is closed to private traffic. You can catch a shuttle bus at no charge. It will take you through making several stops along the way. The ride is not scenic. They pack you in the bus which includes standing in the center isles. There are many backpacks in your face, baby carriages to step or stand around. It's just a ride...not a tour bus. The shuttle started in 1999. Imagine thousands of visitors a day with only 450 parking spaces in the park.
We went to the end and took a small hike to see the Virgin River Valley. The kids had a good time playing in the river.
We got back on the shuttle and went to the lodge for lunch. Ava wanted two hot dogs and then changed her mind to have a bacon cheese burger. Jay wanted a pretzel and a slice of pizza. We don't care as long as they eat what they ordered. There was no problem with that!
We got back to our car and headed out the same way we came in. The weather didn't look good and we wanted to head home to beat the storm. We had an evening of hard rain, lightning and hail.