One second the geology is like a city skyline, the next it's another planet. Sometime it seems it's all a mirage. The colors, the plant life, the birds and animals, you're forever wondering how they all got here. It's a place that gets along pretty well without people. And as you walk, you'll be glad about that.
1 Get your first taste of Zion National Park's grandeur on a picturesque hike to the Emerald Pools through cottonwood, box elder and Gambel oak trees Learn about the area's geologic evolution as you explore Zion Canyon.
2 Wind your way through cool Refrigerator Canyon and up Walter's Wiggles to Scout Lookout, with views of massive cliffs and a yawning abyss A 360-degree panorama of Zion Canyon is the backdrop for today's breathtaking hike up to Angels Landing, a sheer wedge of rock looming 1,500 feet above the valley floor If heights aren't your thing, explore the West Rim trail for equally stunning vistas.
3 Experience the Narrows—a hike of a lifetime Beat the heat and get wet on a spectacular trek that follows the inner gorge of the Virgin River as it forges through rock—a classic Zion hike Small waterfalls and hanging gardens drape the canyon walls, which rise 1,000 feet Of course, there's always the option of strolling through charming Springdale or lounging poolside at the hotel.
4-6 Hike amid Bryce's fantastical hoodoos, crooked stone spires and striking monoliths in brilliant hues of orange, pink and red The Fairyland Loop drops you into a seldom-visited section of Bryce Canyon National Park Feeling young? You will next to bristlecone pines, some of the oldest living organisms on Earth Discover the otherworldly wonderland of Queen's Garden Grab your camera and a seat on the canyon rim to watch the sun set or rise over Bryce—the dance of light and color over the spires is a performance you'll always remember.