How to Protect Yourself from a Storm in Zion

Posted at July 18th, 2014
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There is nothing better than going for a camping or hiking outside with a blue sky and the sun shining very brightly at you, especially in a place like Zion National Park. However, in some instances, the weather may sometimes be unpleasant and force us to change our schedule or hiking location. Or worse, the weather may change into a bad situation while you are already on the trail or in the camp site. In this article, we will teach you some tips that you can use in order to be safe while being troubled by a storm on your hiking or camping trip, and more importantly, we will teach you how to determine whether a storm will be coming on your way. Hopefully if you’re ever hiking in Zion and encounter some of these things you’ll be better equipped as to know what to do.

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How to Predict a storm in Zion and Elsewhere:

If you are a camper or engaged in any outdoor activity, you should take time to consider the weather that you may encounter. Before the day of your planned camping, make sure that you observe the sky. See if the sky is darkening or if there are flashes of lights or if the wind is unusually strong. Also, listen for any rumbles in the sky. If you can hear rumbles in the sky, that only means that you are close enough to the storm and that there is a chance that you can be struck by lightning. In that case, quickly go to a safe place where you will be protected.

There is actually a simple criterion on how you can estimate the distance of the lightning: a light travels at a speed of 300,000 km/s while the sound travels at 330 meters per second. In short, to measure the distance, count the seconds of intervals between the flash and the thunder and multiply it by 330. For example, there is a three (3) second interval between the lightning and the thunder then, 3 sec x 330 meters/sec = 990 meters.

If you are determined to reach the top of the mountain or to finish a route then you should take note of the following:

  •  Be aware of the weather forecast in your place and in your destination especially in the mountains and forests where storms can be very dangerous.
  • Sometimes people can, without them being aware of it, sense danger through their bodies. Sometimes we feel a strange tingling under our skin, or sometimes our hair stands when we get in contact with metal objects which end up in a buzz and give us a little shock. This happens because we are moving in an area with a high static energy brought by the storm. In this situation we are conductive. This is why sometimes when two campers are close to each other and they touch each other they get a shock.

What to do During a Zion Canyon Storm:

  • Keep your cool and analyze your situation. Move rationally.
  • Stay away from high places and go to low areas which are not prone to flooding.
  • Never run during the storm especially when your clothes are wet. This is very dangerous as you can attract lightning.
  • Gather all materials made of metal (ice axes, trekking pole, frame backpacks, rods, sticks, pans, grills, fishing rods, etc.) and place them 30 meters away from you. Allow them to attract the lightning.
  • Never hide under a tree or a rock which is standing alone. A tree which stands alone with no other trees nearby can easily attract a lightning. However, a forest or any group of trees can be used as a shelter during a storm.
  • Keep a distance from metallic objects and other electrical facilities like fences, barbed wires, pipes, telephone wire, railroad, bicycle and other machineries. Being close with these objects is dangerous even when not into direct contact because these can have shock waves created by thunder heats in the air which can be a cause of lung diseases.
  • Keep away from an open and plain area. Standing alone in the middle of an open field can make you a lightning rod because you are probably the tallest object in that area.
  • Stay away from wetlands or puddles. Quickly move to another place if you found yourself near a river, a lake or the sea as the water in these areas can quickly rise.
  • Don’t hide in small shelters such as barns, shacks, and tents. They are not safe.
  • Turn off cellphones, tablets or other electronic gadgets as electromagnetic radiation may attract lightning.
  • The best place to hide under a storm is inside a car. However, inside, you must turn off your engine and lower your radio antenna. You should also close the windows. Even if your car gets struck by a lightning, you will still be perfectly safe inside.
  • Be a small target by being in a squatting position. Your hands should be around your knees and your head between it. Try to be as small a target as possible.
  • Do not walk barefoot.

Butterfly in Zion

Posted at July 9th, 2014
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We saw this image of a butterfly in Zion and just had to share it.

It combines the massive, stunning beauty of the canyon walls in Zion; with the simple, small, and delightful view of a butterfly.

The yellow flowers only add to the drama of the image, making you wish you had been there to witness it yourself. That’s how we know when to post or share an image or video of Zion. If it makes us wish we were there right now soaking in the sun, or stooping down to see a pretty little butterfly, then we know we’ve found the right thing to post on our blog.

Quick Video Tour of Zion

Posted at July 2nd, 2014
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We really enjoyed this quick video tour video of Zion National Park.

It has some great views of the tremendous hiking opportunities available to you in this great park. It also shows you that just taking a leisurely drive through the park is an adventure with tremendous beauty offered.

Come to Zion and come to Bumbleberry when you visit!

The Subway in Zion

Posted at June 26th, 2014
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The Subway hike in Zion National Park is one of our favorite hikes (we may say that a lot, but we really really like this one too). It is not for those unprepared (you need a permit too) as it is a quite grueling hike. The beauty offered is very close next to none.

From the descent, to the slot canyon, to the cascading waterfalls, to the pot holes, it’s just a beautiful hike and canyon.

Zion Narrows

Posted at June 20th, 2014
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We found this image of the Narrows that is just stunning and we couldn’t resist sharing. The Narrows is one of the more popular hikes in Zion but as you can see there’s a really good reason why. If you’re coming to hike the Narrows then you’ll probably want a place to rest afterwards, that’s where we come in!

Biking in Zion

Posted at June 11th, 2014
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I had the chance to go mountain biking in Zion National Park the other day and didn’t realize how much fun I was in for.

I began my journey just outside of the park in Springdale where they have a new bike lane on the side of the road. I rode past many of the restaurants and bed and breakfasts that are along the road in Springdale including Bumbleberry, and then got on the Pa’rus trail.

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The Pa’rus Biking Trail in Zion

The Pa’rus trail begins right past the pay station in Zion and weaves its way up through the campgrounds. It also follows the Virgin River for the majority of the way. In fact there are a handful of bridges that take you to the other side of the river several times, which only add to the beauty of the trail.

If you have time you’re going to want to stop and go down to the river, as it offers some great places to go swimming and playing in the water. Some places along the river are as picturesque as you can find anywhere in Zion.

If you continue on the trail you’ll soon reach (after crossing several bridges) the end of the Pa’rus trail, and there you have to make a choice, continue heading up towards the Narrows, or head up towards the tunnels. I chose to head towards the Narrows.

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I debated hitching a ride with one of the buses that go that way but decided against it, and I have to admit that was a wise decision. Because you see going up and coming down gives you two different angles of the canyon, it gives you two canyons of sorts. As well since I rode my bike up I also found an offshoot waterfall with a little deck on it that I would have not noticed had I taken the easy way up.

Soon I found myself nearing the lodge and the trees grew taller and provided a lot of shade, which made for just a cozy feeling as I rode. I continued up and kept finding myself straining my neck to look up at the canyon walls that were before (and above) me.

I reached the top (the Narrows trail head) drank some Gatorade and then began the most fun part of the trip, the ride down! It was so much fun flying down those Zion Canyon roads with only the occasional bus to distract me from the road. It really was a different canyon than the one I’d seen riding up.

All in all it was a great trip and one you should take if you get the chance. As the sun was beginning to finalize its retreat I was back on the Pa’rus trail, and found that the fading light made the trail a pleasant and beautiful end to a great day.

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Jaw Dropping Video of our Beloved Zion Canyon

Posted at May 9th, 2014
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If there’s one thing we love most about doing what we do, it’s seeing the faces of those who’ve come back to relax after their first day in the park. They come back with smiles across their faces that you couldn’t wipe off if you tried. Often they come back exhausted as well, because once you start exploring all that is Zion Canyon, you don’t want to stop. That’s what we love about being one of the best lodging spots in Zion National Park. That’s also what drew us to this video, because it begins to scratch the surface about what you’re in for when you visit here.

Beautiful Video of Zion

Zion First Timers

Even that video can’t even get close enough to doing it justice. Until you set your eyes on it for the first time (Zion first timers), you just can’t imagine how amazing it is. Pictures and videos attempt to showcase it, highlight it, but it’s similar to the first time you tried a real bumbleberry pie, we could explain it to you all day long, but nothings like the first time you bite into it (do you like our shameless pitch for our pies?).

That is truly the icing on the cake. You come to Zion expecting something and return back to your Zion hotel at Bumbleberry Inn, to eat some amazing pie and then relax in our hot tub before crashing for the night. We guarantee you it will be one of the best nights of sleep you’ve had in years. Something about a sensory overload that will just make you sleep like a child.

Come Soon, Come Often, Come to Zion – Stay in Zion

Our real mission is to make certain our guests leave infinitely happier than they came. That they came to understand why everyone has always raved about Zion Canyon. That they’ve been able to feel the water from Emerald Pools, or the breeze blowing over the top of Angels Landing. That’s what our mission is, to support people in their en-devours to drink in all that is Zion.  Then come back and relax and sleep like you’ve never slept before.

Hiking Angels Landing Video

Posted at May 7th, 2014
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We found this amazing video of Angels Landing in Zion, one of the best hikes and most popular hikes in all of Zion. It is without a doubt one of our favorites as well. We love talking with our customers who are coming to stay, seeing what their plans are in the park.

Often they ask us our opinion on hiking Angels Landing and we quickly show them this video, after which they’re sold pretty quick. Some are worried about the ascent but most, when they come know that to really experience all that is Zion, you’ve got to get off the road and up into the hills and canyons.

Angels Landing offers so much, the views atop it are unparalleled. You’ll have to earn it though as the ascent is grueling, but when you reach the top and sit down to take it all in, you’ll be so grateful you did.

The chains along the cliff edge offers a thrilling touch for those looking for a little bit of an adrenaline rush.

Angels Landing is one of our favorite hikes in all of Zion, and after watching this video you’ll know why.

Come to Zion, hike in Zion, and sleep at Bumbleberry!

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Posted at April 16th, 2013
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Posted at April 15th, 2013
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