Saturday, September 29, 2012

Zion National Park- September 29, 2012

Today, Saturday, we spent in Zion National Park.  This was a National Park free day and there were many people taking advantage of the free entrance fee.  Shuttle buses are used for transporting people through the park.  Luckily, we got to the park early enough to get a parking place at the Visitor's Center huge parking lot.  We took the shuttle from this Center through the canyon to the last stop(#9), Temple of Sinawava.  A nice fairly level 1 mile trail follows the Virgin River to the area that between the canyon walls becomes narrow.  We chose not to continue on across the river on a more strenuous trail.
We returned to the shuttle getting off and on the shuttle back toward the Visitor's Center.  Prior to the Visitor's Center is a musuem of natural history and a 22 minute movie about Zion is shown that we watched before returning to our car at the Visitor's Center.  On the east side of the park there is a long tunnel, a mile plus, that has several turns.  Cars going in opposite directions are able to pass without problems but larger vehicles as RVs can only go through without passing opposing traffic.
Returning to the campground, we saw a restaurant a short distance from the campground, Buffalo Bistro, and thought we'd give it a try.  We stopped and saw signs stating closed so we returned to the campground and while talking to the campground owner mentioned the restaurant being closed.  She said that they should be open and then called to find out that indeed it was opened.  So we returned for dinner at this unique restaurant.  We were seated on the porch and the cooking was done in a corner of the porch.  Tom had a ribeye steak and I had wild boar ribs- they were served with a salad, grilled potatoes and zucchini squash.  The food was very good.  We brought a dessert of apple cobbler back to the motorhome to eat later.