We arrived in Zion on a 4 day Utah school holiday. Bad timing. Every family had Grandma/pa, Mom/Dad, and their kids and a couple of aunts/uncles - so family units looked more like brigades. ANYWAY - we got on the shuttle buses, (so crowded, cars aren't allowed in the park) and got off at our desired trailhead. Strange to be in the free transportation with multi-day backpackers, day hikers like ourselves, and just plain sightseers. It's a great system since the scenery is fabulous and almost unbelievable and everyone gets a chance to experience it without traffic jams. Our first day here, we decided to hike The Narrows - a slow slog up the Virgin River in a slot canyon. Fun for the first 2 hours then, not so fun hiking out after slipping and falling in the icy water.