Nature Cravings: Exploring Zion

Court of the Patriarchs, Zion National Park, Ansel Adams source

Court of the Patriarchs, Zion National Park, 1933 Ansel Adams source

Zion National Park — nature’s bath for the soul. There is a discussed theory in science called The Law of Vibration — where everything in the Universe is considered in constant motion and therefore has a vibration. And these vibrations can be felt and affect one another, like the way you can tell when someone walks into a room that they are giving you “bad vibes”, and you avoid them as not to disrupt the “good mood” you are in.

The setting sun shines on The Watchman, Zion National Park, by Joe Parks source

This is often why spiritual practices often recommend connecting to nature. With absolutely no interactivity with the things that challenge our vibrations (like breakups, bad bosses or waiting two weeks for a new Empire episode), the vibrations in nature are usually uninterrupted, positive and soothing. If you’ve been feeling a bit stressed or down, and are looking for a way to feel clear again, try getting out into the wild. Find a trail or a field and spend the day in the sun. Let the sounds of the wind stroking the grass blades replace Spotify for a while. Let the colors of nature replace the Instagram filters on your screens. Let nature give your soul a bath.

The Narrows, Zion National Park, by Christian Schirm source

The Narrows, Zion National Park, by Christian Schirm source

For the soul bath of a lifetime, hop on a plane and visit the place thousands travel to every year to reset and revive the spirit. Tucked in the corner of Southwest Utah and stretching over 15 miles in red Navajo Sandstone, Zion National Park is a landscape of natural wonders. It’s said to be an intensely calming and spiritual experience — with a history of being a sacred space for most Native American tribes and a point of fascination, even for artist like Ansel Adams.

The Great White Throne. The name El Gobernador going out of use, by George A. Grant source

The Great White Throne. The name El Gobernador going out of use, by George A. Grant source

With canyon trails leading as deep as 1/2 mile into the earth, visitors can hike the Virgin River Narrows for an unforgettable, picturesque experience where scale and color will invite you to rethink the limits and inflexible patterns you’ve attached yourself to. You can get lost in a plethora of sceneries to choose from and can hike the trails of the park year round, rain or snow.

A November hike up the Narrows in Zion National Park, Utah

A November hike up the Narrows in Zion National Park, Utah, by Sakturner source

Angels

Breathtaking view from the Angels Landing trail looking northward to the Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah, USA, by Tobias Alt source

Planning Your Trip
Hop over to Zion’s official tourism site to get an idea of how to get there, where to stay and how you can hop around the trails. To get a detailed version of best times to travel and specific trail details, check the National Park Service’s page.

ertical view from third gallery of Zion Tunnel, during rainstorm. By George A Grant source

Vertical view from third gallery of Zion Tunnel, during rainstorm. By George A Grant source

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