After we left the North Rim of Grand Canyon we drove north to
Utah. We arrived at a crest in a hill and looked out
over this scene of a broad valley and the Mountains that contain Zion
National Park beyond.
A bit further along we approached another long downhill road toward the
town of Virgin, Utah. It was fairly steep.
After we passed through the town of Virgin, we headed east on Route 9
Zion National Park and the town of Springdale. The Peaks ahead
gave us hints of Zion Park.
Here's another shot as we got closer to the town of Springdale which is
right on the west border of Zion Park
After we got into Zion Park we saw this nice field of yellow flowers
with high peaks beyond.
The following images show some of the amazing variety of rock
formations at Zion.
This is called Checkerboard Moutain
We were stopped to wait for one way traffic through a tunnel and looked
up to our right to find
a climber on this straight cliff.
Two pebbles fells thousands of years ago.
At one of the Visitor's Centers these cactus were blooming. I
also saw wild pink cactus along
the road at places too hard to climb to.
The reddish form below the yellow bloom is a bud.
The Virgin River flows through Zion.
We went west to Interstate 15 one day and entered the Western side of
I think many fewer people visit than do the main part of the park near
is Dave at a viewpoint and then a panarama that we was viewing of this
splendid part of Zion.
The next set of images will include more of southern Utah (Snow
Canyon, Coral Pink Sands State Park and Bryce National Park.)
Next: Snow, Coral Pink Sands, and Bryce (Southern Utah 2)