Early morning light blankets Zion National Park in Utah as my friends and I pull into a surprisingly full parking lot. It’s quite early and we’re left wondering what time everyone else got up to make it here before us. We hop in a long line for the free shuttle service that was put into place to cut down on traffic in the canyon, vowing to get there earlier the following day as we loosely plan our two days in Zion. As the shuttle slowly moves us closer to the Angel’s Landing hike, we start getting some of our first views of the 229-square-mile park. Walls of orange and red tower above as the shuttle pulls us further into the 270 million-year-old rock layers. We have no idea what is in store for us, but based on just the shuttle ride, we know it’s going to be an unforgettable trip.
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