Today, me n Uncle Steve drove to Las Wages. His vacation is over and he leaves Sunday morning 0140hrs. I decided to rest another day in Vegas, get some laundry done. I spent some time over at the California Hotel where I ran into a very dear friend, JT.


This morning, I headed North to Zion National Park. I arrived at the park around 1430, and looked for a free campsite. I have an ebook with listings of free dispersed camping areas. The areas listed in the ebook were not valid for Zion. So I stopped into the one Mexican restaurant in town for a margarita n chips. While speaking with my server, I was told that they did not mind if I park in their lot over night. It is a very large parking area and I spent a comfortable night there.

The next morning, I parked at the visitors center and toured the park. Since dispersed camping was not available, I secured an electric only campsite for $18, which was quite reasonable for the area. The next two nights were $16 each for dry camping in a really cool area of the park.

The Court of the Patriarchs

The Court of the Patriarchs in Zion National Park near Springdale, Utah, are sandstone cliffs named for three towering figures of the Old Testament. They hold court over Birch Creek Canyon and that section of the Virgin River. In 1916 Frederick Vining Fisher, a Methodist minister, gave the religious names to the peaks. On the left you can see Abraham Peak (6890 ft; 2101m), in the center you'll find Isaac Peak (6825 ft; 2081m) and on the right, almost hidden behind Mount Moroni (5690ft; 1734m), is Jacob Peak (6831 ft; 2083m).

The Emerald Pools

The trail system climbs to three sets of pools, with panoramic views up and down the canyon. Year-round seeps and springs continually recharge the pools. Rare in a desert environment, the se preennial waters create micro-habitats for a variety of animals and plants, including the green algae that give the pools their emerald hut.

Grotto Trail

The Grotto Trail is a short stretch that connects the Grotto picnic area to Zion Lodge. It is level (negligible elevation gain), short, and easy, but gives visitors a nice taste of the spectacular canyons.

Temple of Sinawava River Hike

Historically the trail was called Gateway to the Narrows, but now the popular name and the name the NPS advertises is Riverside Walk. This 2-mile round-trip stroll begins at the farthest end of Zion Canyon, in a natural amphitheater called the Temple of Sinawava.



Dry Campsite


Sky View


View from front door


Court of the Patriarches






Emerald Pools


Grotto Trails


Temple of Sinawava River Hike