We took the road to the "other" Zion too! Kolob Canyon. The Visitor's Center is small. The services are limited -- summit road, trails, restrooms, picnic tables.
Driving up to the summit we spot another Sprinter Westfalia (California plates) parked at a trailhead. With only 250 of these vehicles in the U.S. we wanted to make contact. It's owners were off hiking so we left our card with a note under their wiper. Now we wait.
We linger at the summit enthralled with the view. Once again we have the Benton dilemma -- no dogs permitted on trails. Dogs in hot cars = stupid. Thistle ventilates well and we can leave a huge bowl of water, but still...our hike is short.
Next stop Cedar Breaks, but the road is barricaded. Snow! With the visitor center at 10,000 feet, it's difficult to pretend surprise, but our disappointment is real.
"When you get to the fork in the road, take it."