Waterfall in Zion

We found this photo quite stunning of a waterfall in Zion National Park. The variety with which what this canyon offers people is just amazing. One second you’ll be standing on top of the world at Angels Landing, and the next you’ll be standing next to a cascading waterfall dropping from hundreds of feet above you.

Zion is just a wonderful place to come, stay, and see. This photo stands as proof of that.

Tips for Packing When Staying in Zion Canyon

When I was a kid, I would get so excited about going out of town that I would pack my bag weeks in advance. As I grow up, weeks dwindled into days, with more thought being put into what I should and shouldn’t bring. This is especially true when coming to visit Zion National Park and Bumbleberry Inn.

Of course, that never really stopped me from over-packing. All the what-if question runs through my head, prompting me to bring one more extra shirt, and extra pair of jeans and maybe a couple more underwear. My toiletry bag takes up as much space as my pair of trainers. And don’t get me started on my little plastic containers.

Travel Kit
Photo Credit: Richard Moross

It amuses me when they show people on TV just throwing their closet into their luggage and sitting on it, in a vain attempt to zip it close. Though I find it silly and impractical to just throw your clothes into your luggage, deep down I realize it hits a nerve. They’re over-packing, and so do I. What makes it worse in over-packing is that I sometimes don’t have enough room for the things I should be taking along, and end up with things I never get to use.

And so I’ll share with you some tips that I found useful when packing for a trip:

Roll, not fold. This advice is pretty much a staple in every article about packing. It really is effective in decreasing creases in your clothes. Also, it leaves you with more space for all your clothes (a double-edged sword, actually, since more space tempts you to fill in said space).

Don’t pack new things. Whether it’s a year-long trip or a weekend getaway (or an overnight field trip), there’s always an urge to buy new things that we believe would make this trip better. Like a new pair of hiking shoes for when you go trekking, a pair of goggles for swimming, or those top of the line travel pants the every travel article said you absolutely must have. There’s nothing wrong with buying those things, but if you plan on taking those with you, make sure to break them in before putting it inside your luggage. There’s nothing worse than wearing uncomfortable clothes and shoes while traveling.

Make a packing list. Whenever you go shopping, it’s essential to make a shopping list so you’d know what to buy, and not end up buying the same things that are already in your pantry and neglecting to buy what you really need. It’s the same with packing. You need to come up with a list of the things you need to bring. Once you’ve drawn up your packing list, check each item if you really need to bring it along. Last year, before I went on my Zion National Park trip, I came up with my own packing list. I used this to check and double check the contents of my backpack before I left. When I got back, I reviewed each item, and made a note on how often I used it, if I used it at all. It’s enlightening to see how much stuff I could’ve done without. The great thing about making your own packing list is that it is tailored to your needs and preferences. In evaluating each item after a trip, you get ideas on how to make your list better.

Put your “must haves” in your carry-on. Except if it’s liquid and more than 100ml. We’ve all heard of horror stories of missing luggage. I’ve never had the misfortune to experience that but I always try to prepare myself for the worst. I make sure my travel insurance covers lost luggage. Also, I make sure I only put the stuff I wouldn’t mind losing in my check-in luggage. Of course I don’t want to lose anything, but taking a proactive step in avoiding a major loss is necessary.

Amazing Timelapse Video of Zion Canyon

We found this timelapse video of Zion and just fell in love. They are able to capture images of Zion in an amazing way and the music added only adds to it. Take a look at it and we’re certain you’ll feel the same way about it.

Surprisingly getting videos of Zion in this caliber is much harder than it looks. That’s why you don’t see many videos of Zion like this, primarily because they are so time consuming. This one is just well done definitely worth a watch.

A Great Image of the Narrows

This is a such a beautiful image of The Narrows in Zion that we just had to share! The contrast from the beautiful canyon walls, to the green trees along the bank, to the water is just incredible. And even the hiker in the pictures adds a depth to the photo, giving you a real idea of what it would be like to go hiking there.

The Narrows offers a great opportunity to see not only the beauty that Zion has to offer, but the adventure as well. Because you’ve got to walk through water that can go up to your neck at times. Which if you’re prepared for it makes for a great time as you hike.

Rappelling Pine Creek

Often the hikes of Zion get all the attention, primarily due to their ease of access, you don’t need any real special skills or equipment to go hiking. But there are some amazing canyons in Zion that are accessed only by rappelling, and one of our favorite is Pine Creek.

In comparison this is a fairly easy canyon, but it offers some great rappels down some amazing canyons. It does have some swimming parts though (usually) so be prepared to get wet. Pine Creek is a fantastic canyon to do in Zion, so if you get the chance to do it, make certain you take it.

How to Protect Yourself from a Storm in Zion

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.


Photo Credit: Michael Carlson

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

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

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

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

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!