After the sandy yellows and oranges of Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park was a whole different colour palette. Here we had the red of the rocks and the bright greens of the trees, backed with misty white skies. Even the park roads were paved in red so they blend in with the landscape. Not that you’ll want to spend too long on the roads. Zion is famous for its hiking trails – like the 16-mile Narrows hike where you wade through a riverbed canyon or the precariously perched path up the rockface to Angels Landing. There are plenty of less extreme options too, like a riverside walk or the paths through the forest to the Emerald Pools. As opposed to Bryce Canyon where you’re looking down, here you’re on the floor of the canyon with the rocks towering above you, with those reds and greens starting to glow as the clouds broke up.
Zion National Park is in southern Utah, near the town of Springdale. Entry costs $39 per car (or $12 on foot/bike) and is valid for a week, or it’s free with a National Parks Pass. There’s a shuttle service around the park every 15 minutes from 7am to 9.15pm which is compulsory from 12 March to November 2016. Parking is limited inside the park but you can also catch the shuttle from Springdale.