We weren’t planning much in Zion but we hate Las Vegas and love Zion and Springdale so we always head right out. Smooth, non stop flight on Southwest arrived early. We quickly got our pile of luggage (camping gear), SUV from Dollar (great price) and headed north on 15. Before we were out of the city, we stopped for some water, ice, beer and snacks to fill the two soft, folding coolers we brought along. It was so incredibly hot – the car thermometer just kept creeping higher as we drove.