Long before entering park grounds, we drove through a countryside of sandstone mesas and towering cliffs of incredible colors. I was thinking that we were inside Zion National Park until we passed through the south gate and parked our car at the Visitor Center. The soaring cliffs in the photo above was our welcome committee.
View from the Temple of Sinawava
It was late afternoon, the heat had dissipated and most of the tourists had left for the day. We took the shuttle that goes around the park and stops at several places along the way to drop off and pick up passengers. It takes about 80 minutes roundtrip from the Visitor Center to the Temple of Sinawava which is the last stop before it returns to point of origin. I got off at Sinawava to gape at towering monoliths and get a full view of the clifftops which is a stretch to see from the windows of the shuttle. It would be a great idea to have glass roofs for these shuttles to better see the corridor of sandstone cliffs along the way.
View from Big Bend
At Big Bend I was awed by the almost circular ampitheater of sandstone walls. Behind some of these red cliffs are white cliffs and some cliffs are favorite hang-outs of rock climbers (that is when they don't make it to the top before dark, they will hang from a hammock along the surface of the rock to rest until daylight).
Scaling the Wall
For more information about Zion National Park, go to http://www.zionnational-park.com/ or www.nps.com/zion.
For directions to the park, see map below.
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Images by Charie