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May 6, 2010

Zion National Park

Filed under: National Parks, The List, Travel — anotherheader @ 7:05 pm

The main portion of Zion National Park, viewed from the road (panorama)

Our arrival in Virgin came just as a squall hit the area.  Virgin received the better part of a typical April’s worth of precipitation, delivered amongst rain, hail, and lightening storms, in the first days of our stay.  This put a damper on our mountain biking plans, but it did give us a chance to visit Zion National Park.  The red rock views, with the evening light beaming through cracks in the clouds, were particularly inspiring.  It was a good time to take pictures.  There were few people in the park and admission was free—an ideal time to visit Zion.

Later in the week, after the rains had passed, we visited another portion of Zion National Park, Kolob Canyons.  I must admit that I didn’t even realize before this visit that this portion of Zion National Park existed.  Kolob Canyons’ is accessible by a road that splits off from Highway 9 very near our base in Virgin.  An easy drive put is up into the red rocks.  Check out the pictures to see what this area of the park is about.  The recent snows closed the road at the upper elevations leaving us with more to explore on a future visit.  The Kolob Canyons’ area of Zion National Park is worth a visit, but, if this is your first trip to Zion, go to the main portion of the park first.

Views from the main portion of Zion:

From the Kolob Canyons section:


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5 Comments »

  1. Dave and Becky,
    Of all your travels, I think these pics are the most amazing, beautiful ones ever!

    Comment by Judy — May 7, 2010 @ 4:00 am

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