Subject: Zion National Park-Travelogue III
Date: 2003/04/14 14:48:18
We went to Las Vagas and seen Hoover Dam and stayed on Lake Mead at Las Vagas Wash CG. For $10
this is a very, very nice CG, no hook ups but great drinking water, bathrooms and of course RV
Dump. There are many CG along Lake Meade and it is a part of the NPS so we got into the park
free with our annual NPS pass! Hoover Dam is a decent tour and I would recommend it. We spent a
whole day and evening in Las Vagas. It is NOT FOR ME but I guess everybody should see it once!
To me it is the SCAM CAPITAL OF THE WORLD! I had a long chat with a fellow from Henderson, NV
and he told me it definitely is just THAT! People are trying to hustle you every place you go!
Food certainly is not as cheap as I heard it used to be but still reasonable; although most
buffets like Fur's, Golden Corral, Royal Fork are considerably cheaper by $5 to $7 each but
don't have quite the selection. Be prepared to walk a lot or spend lots of money on fares!
I will never be back. Again I am OK with going once, no regrets but I won't be back.
Next stop was Zion National park. It seems like no matter how much research you do it takes
about one day at a place to get your feet on the ground and figure things out. That was true
for Las Vagas and certainly has been true of every park we have visited in the U.S. and
Canada! Zion is no exception and after April 1st you have to use the shuttle buses to go up
Zion Canyon. You can take HWY 9 through the park but not with an RV as the tunnel (over 1 mile
long) is to low so you need to come into the park from the south and leave the way you came.
We parked at the NPS South CG and took the F-350 and went on up to Bryce and did some other
touring. Zion is a canyon experience and you look up and up and up at colorful cliffs. You
can hike to the top in numerous places. It seems most parks the major attraction anymore is
hiking and Zion is no exception. There are a number of easy hikes and of course some hard ones
and some outback ones requiring a permit. Rock climbing is big here, the second in the U.S.
next to Yosemite. BTW the shuttle system is free and works well. I had some reservations but
I will give it a big thumbs up!!! Really the best I have been on, even better than Denali
in Alaska but then that is a much, much bigger place so really not a fair comparison.
Denali is very, very good with their shuttle system.
It appears to me that in the summer time you would have trouble getting into the NPS CG so
you better get a reservation for ZION if it is into May or later. Watchman opens Friday so
South is it and we got the last spot when we came in. A few free up right away in the morning
but they are soon full. When Watchman opens it should be fine until into May.
Amateur Radio E-mail continues to work great. Cellular coverage is spotty since we left
Phoenix, even outside of Las Vagas; however we do have coverage here at Zion in the park.