Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Zion National Park, July 2009

The day after visiting Bryce Canyon, we headed up to Zion. Unfortunately we weren't able to spend nearly as much time in Zion as I would have liked, but I did get a few pictures along the way. I'm not nearly as impressed with Zion as I was Bryce Canyon. Maybe if I was able to hike Zion more, I would have gained more appreciation for it, but based on my limited experience, Bryce has it beat in terms of shear awe.

My Zion photos can be found here:

Here are a few of my favorites...

This is the fall that leads to the Emerald Pool. If you get there earlier in the year, there is much more water if you hit it earlier in the season when there is runoff coming down from the mountains above. The hike takes you back under that rock, behind the waterfall.
Zion National Park, July 2009

There was a little bit of water coming down, but not much:
Zion National Park, July 2009

At the very top of Zion you hit a point called Big Bend. From that point forward, you can hike into the narrows. I would like to go back to hike them at some point. Clouds were coming in at this point and I was able to catch this one blowing in over the back of this mountain here.
Zion National Park, July 2009

One of my favorite things about this area is the random places plants find to grow. This is a pretty common scene down there. A large chunk of rock falls off and creates a ledge. Plant life finds its way up there and is able to get enough moisture to grow.
Zion National Park, July 2009

That's all I really liked about my Zion trip. Next up is Kolob Canyon which is part of the Zion park, but much further north than the main canyon. I will be editing those photos and posting soon.

1 comment:

BrItTnEeaNN said...

Yah you would have had to hike more of Zion to find a better appreciation for it...

My favorite was Canyon Overlook, you had to drive to get to it...

You have to hike at least three of them to make it worth it. I still want to go back and hike the more strenuous ones, we only did the easier ones. But I do want to go back to also see Bryce Canyon. It looked amazing.