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November 7th. 2017

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Time to get off the mountain!

   One of the perfect seasons of the year to get to a warmer climate in the desert. This typically means a lower elevation. Follow us down off the mountain from the Navajo Lake area down to the Eastern entrance of Zion at a much lower elevation. This is an elevation drop of 5,500 ft. This is also a big loop around Zion, down the east side and back up the Western side to Kolob Lake. When it gets colder and the snow starts falling these roads will be impassable! Late Fall is a great time to make this run. One thing you might want to consider though, don't end up going thru Zion on a holiday or a weekend, it will be mobbed!
   Coming down the East side of Zion you'll get to see some really nice scenery, rock formations, canyons and steep cliffs, all typical of the scenery bordering Zion National Park. This whole trip was 120 miles that took 6 1/2 hrs. of driving. You can split this up to make two separate trips.

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North Fork Rd., Zion

Video, Slideshow of the trip! View full screen!

   Even though we drove this trip on a Saturday and Zion was crowded, the trail down from Navajo Lake was nearly void of vehicle traffic. We just wish we had taken more photos. And there are a lot of side roads/trails we didn't explore!

Zion National Park, Video/slideshow

Zion Topography Map

Zion Topography Map
   Download the GPX track HERE and you'll notice a track shown in "green" just above Kolob Res. This is the "common route" that most explorers use to get to Kanarraville Rd. We took the "uncommon route" which is not often used and probably not many know about it. Also the "Obseratory" shown is the one located at Cedar Breaks Nat. Monument.
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