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Saturday, 21 April 2018 14:15

BEHIND  THE  LINES

BY BOB JALDON

Las Vegas, NV. — Located in southwestern Utah, near the Arizona and Nevada borders, Zion National Park is the highlight of the celebrated “Grand Circle” of National parks, monuments, historical and recreational areas in the southwestern U.S. Even in the region rich with natural and cultural resources, Zion is a premier tourist attraction.

For those who can’t enjoy this awesome experience, allow me to walk you through the areas where you can go mountain climbing, hiking, biking, leisure walking or simply camping and watchful for deers, wild animals and falcons.

This park has nine great areas. The Pa’rus Trail follows the Virgin River from the south camp ground. This trail will lead you to the museum, the canyon junction, the Court of the Patriarchs, Zion Lodge, the Grotto, weeping rock, big bend and, finally, the Temple of Sinawara.

The archeology trail is short but steep. It starts from the visitor center and leads to the outlines of several prehistoric structures. At the Zion Lodge is the lower Emerald Pool Trail that leads to the waterfalls. No swimming is allowed here. At the Kayenta Trail are steep mountains that adventurers can climb to the emerald pool.

If you’re afraid of heights, the Hidden Canyon Trail is not for you. This trail leads to the Angels Landing.

The park operates free shuttle to tourists. Some friendly precautions: Hypothermia can happen when the body is cooled to dangerous levels. It is responsible for the many deaths among people engaged in outdoor activities. “It is a hazard in narrow canyons because immersion in water is the quickest way to lose body heat.”

There are three camping grounds here for people who love to stay in the wild, and the cold and stillness of the night. But you have to make your reservations well ahead of time because always the camping grounds are filled during the reservation season.

Before reaching the canyon, we drove through the City of St. George where an imposing Church of the Latter Day Saints is located. We were one of the many “usis” taking photographs of the white-painted cathedral. It took us two hours to get here from Las Vegas.

If there are nine things to do at the Zion Canyon, there are 10 things or more to do in Las Vegas — just in case political Hall of Famer Erbie Fabian and any of the distinguished members of Barangay Hanazono decide to take a vacation in this city of lights and moonshiners.

You can experience the High Roller at the Linq, the towering 550 feet above Las Vegas strip; Drai’s Nightclub at the Cromwell that provides an over-the-top club experience with an outstanding panoramic view of the strip; the Backstreet Boys at Planet Hollywood that sold over 130 million albums worldwide; Elton John’s show “The million dollar piano” at the Colosseum inside Caesars Palace. His first show was booked as “ The Red Piano.”; the Masters of Illusion at Bally’s, America’s largest touring magic show; Bacchanal buffet at Caesars Palace, voted as the number one buffet in America; or you may want to witness the Marci Gras at the Empire at the Carnaval Court outside the Harrah’s Hotel; Toby Keith’s “I love this bar” also at Harrah’s that combines southern favorites and free live country music nightly; the “5 o’clock Somewhere Bar at Flamingo that includes $5 landmark drafts, Margaritaville gold tequila shots, craft beer flight, cocktails and margaritas; the Eiffel Tower experience at Paris Las Vegas and view the bright and colorful lights and the lit water show.

There are a dozen more fantastic things to do in Las Vegas. If it doesn’t take your money at the tables or slots, your wallet will be emptied by eating, drinking, shopping, watching shows and dancing, like viewing the amazing white tigers and dolphins at Mirage, The Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil also at the Mirage, David Copperfield show, Donnie and Marie show at the Flamingo, Michael Jackson’s ONE, Carlos Santana at the Hard Rock, Righteous Brothers (You’ve lost that loving feeling) at Harrah’s.

Nothing’s in your fingertips. You gotta experience Las Vegas, where you go home poorer, but wiser.

 
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