Thursday, July 21, 2011

Zion National Park - Fond Memories

I've been reliving some of the awesome memories from our 2,800 mile road trip in February as I go back and edit / re-edit photos from the trip. I don't think I ever finished publishing my best photos so here are a few for your enjoyment, as well as an excerpt from my "adventure journal."

Our goal was to reach Zion National Park by noon, but we got a later start than we had hoped. We took AZ-64 east out to Hwy 89, where we headed north, then west after passing Page, AZ. Scenic Highway 9 led us into the park. We were immediately in awe - this place is spectacular! Both Jonathan and I were constantly snapping photos through our open windows, while winding down the twisty roads into the valley. I don’t think too many of mine turned out but you never know!

At the park fee station we asked the ranger about conditions on Angel’s Landing Trail and he said it would probably be fine since they haven’t had much precipitation lately. He was mostly right. 

After entering the park we went straight for the trailhead and headed out at about 3:30pm. Angel’s Landing is a 5 mile round-trip hike, so I figured we had enough time to make it there and back before sundown. The first 3/4 mile were fairly easy, then it got really steep for another 1/4-1/2 mile and then leveled out for a while. The last part of our hike was probably the most fun because it involved skirting sheer cliffs on both sides while gripping a chain anchored into the rock. Truly adventurous. We passed on the last 1/4 mile because the trail got too icy and would have been too risky.

Zion Canyon, viewed from near the top of Angel's Landing. Zion National Park, Utah.
Zion Canyon and the Virgin River, viewed from near the top of Angel's Landing

The Great White Throne, Zion National Park, Utah
The Great White Throne, viewed from near the top of Angel's Landing
Looking down Zion Canyon from near the top of Angel's Landing. Zion National Park, Utah.
Zion Canyon at sunset, viewed from near the top of Angel's Landing (the rock prominence to the left).

Zion Canyon and the Virgin River at dusk. Zion National Park, Utah.
Zion Canyon and the Virgin River at dusk

Starry night sky, Zion National Park, Utah.
Starry night sky in Zion National Park

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow - love the starry sky picture!

Blessings,
Mrs. Bryan

Rachel said...

Just ran across your blog. Great photography!