Zion National Park
Hands down the most exciting part of our trip in Utah. Zion National Park offers everything you'd want in an outdoor adventure: Amazing views, awesome park service, & incredible hikes. We started our day off at the top of the park winding through the tunnel and down into the valley. The trip through the park took roughly an hour but was well worth the wait through the tunnel. The drive down offers countless views of the park's famous peaks and even offers a few opportunities for wildlife viewing. I couldn't shake the feeling of being in a Jurassic park movie hoping to see a pterodactyl fly. The mountains were not only some of the biggest we'd seen on our trip, but also the most beautiful.
Zion offered a variety of hikes ranging from beginner to extremely questionable. We opted for the latter of the two ascending to the highest peak at the park, Angels Landing. This was by far the most gut-wrenching hike I've ever been on and if you're afraid of heights I would not recommend this. We were fortunate enough to receive a delightful thunderstorm once we reached the summit which added to our excitement (and absolute horror). I've never been the type to actively use the man-made guides on any hike but my knuckles turned white on our way down.