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Oct 28, 2014 - Zion NP - The Visitor Center & History Museum

(Ron Writing) This morning we walked a little ways south of the campground to the visitor center. It’s a modern new facility that was built in 2002. We were last here in 2004 but I guess we didn’t stop at the visitor center that time so today was the first time we saw it. It didn’t take long since there really weren’t many displays there. We then took a short hike north along a paved trail to the Zion Human History Museum. This building was formerly the visitor center and is the one we remember stopping at on a couple prior visits. They...

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Oct 27, 2014 - Zion National Park - Scenic Route 12 & Bryce Canyon

(Ron Writing) We left our nice campsite near Escalante, UT this morning and continued south on UT-12 and it continued to live up to its name “scenic byway”. We had very scenic views all the way to its western terminus at US-89. This included a beautiful drive through the north end of Bryce Canyon National Park. Our original plan was to spend a few days at Bryce but the weather forecast is for several nights with temperatures down in the low to mid 20’s – not good for us – especially when we don’t have hookups and the campgrounds in Bryce do...

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Sep 30, 2014 - Zion National Park UT

This was our third visit to Zion and unfortunately we could only stay overnight. Murray and Shelle were staying a few more days to await the arrival of Mike and Sally Theroux. The plan was to hike to the Emerald Pools as we had done on our other two visits. On the first visit in 1982, the rock wall above us at the upper Emerald Pool broke away and nearly came down on top of us. However as we were checking in Richard asked the ranger if he had the name of a good RV mechanic. Why, I asked? It's seems on the way down the mountains, the trailer...

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Sep 22, 2014 - The Narrows

The Narrows in Zion National Park, is a section of canyon on the North Fork of the Virgin River. The hike of The Narrows is one of the premier hikes on the Colorado Plateau. The term The Narrows refers to both the through-hike of The Narrows, and to The Narrows themselves, especially the 3.6 miles long section of canyon between the end of the Riverside Walk Trail and Big Spring. The Narrows lies north of, and upstream of, the main Zion Canyon. Hiking the Narrows was rated # 5 in the National Geographic ranking of America's Best 100...

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Sep 20, 2014 - Zion-Mt. Carmel

The Zion–Mount Carmel Highway was proposed by the Utah Parks Company, which managed tourist concessions in Zion National Park, as a means to link Zion with Grand Canyon National Park and other attractions in northern Arizona. The road runs from the entrance to Zion eastward to Mount Carmel Junction with US 89 as a portion of Utah State Route 9. The road became part of a loop tour of Zion, Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The route was surveyed in 1923 by B.J. Finch, district engineer of the US...

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Sep 19, 2014 - Observation Point

Observation Point is a narrow promontory, elevation 6,508 feet, that overlooks much of Zion Canyon including such famous landmarks as the Great White Throne, Castle Dome, Three Patriarchs and Angels Landing. The 4 mile trail to the summit climbs 2,150 feet so this is a fairly strenuous hike, though still relatively easy as all the route is well maintained, well used, and clearly signposted at junctions. Although the view from Angels Landing on the opposite side of the canyon is slightly better, the variety of scenery on the way makes the...

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Sep 19, 2014 - Weeping Rock

Weeping Rock is an overhanging blind arch which “rains” every day of the year. The spring water seeping out of the rock 100 feet overhead takes nearly 1000 years to travel through the porous Navajo sandstone above. The percolation slows at the underlying dense, less porous Kayenta sandstone layer, then follows a downhill course, raining on the observers below. Weeping Rock is one of the top attractions of Zion Canyon, and may be reached by a gentle, paved, quarter mile trail. The rock is an eroded, bowl-shaped cliff face where water seeps...

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Sep 18, 2014 - Angels Landing

Angels Landing, known earlier as the Temple of Aeolus, is a 1,488-foot tall rock formation in Zion National Park. A trail, cut into solid rock in 1926, leads to the top of Angels Landing and provides a spectacular view of Zion Canyon. The trail to Angels Landing is 2.4 miles long. It begins at the Grotto drop off point on the park's shuttle system. It roughly follows the path of the Virgin River for some time, slowly gaining elevation in sandy terrain. As the trail gets steeper and leaves behind the river, it becomes paved. After a series...

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Sep 17, 2014 - Emerald Pools

The Emerald Pools trailhead is across the highway from Zion Lodge. Two trails begin there. The Lower Trail follows the canyon bottom to Lower Emerald Pool, which is located at the base of a cliff. Two small streams spreads across the cliff face and trickle into the pools. The trail leads behind the falling water. (During spring runoff, the stream may surge and create powerful waterfalls.) The Middle Trail climbs the ridge to a series of viewpoints above the lower pool. From the lower pool you can climb a steep route and connect with the...

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Sep 16, 2014 - Zion NP

Zion National Park is located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. The lowest elevation is 3,666 ft at Coalpits Wash and the highest elevation is 8,726 ft at Horse Ranch Mountain. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the park's unique geography and variety of...

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Aug 19, 2014 - Parc National Zion, 8 au 10 aout 14

Parc National Zion au Utah (Desoler pour les accents, clavier) Plus qu,impressionnant comme paysage !!! Par ses differentes formes que la roche de sable (Sand Rock, ancienne dunes de sable compresser par des millions d,annees et soulever par les formations des continents) a prit avec l,erosion par l,eau et le vent. Plus vous progresser dans le parc, plus il y a du magnifique. Cependant, plus on avance vers le centre des visiteurs et camping en bas de la vallee, par une route avec tunnel et lacet, plus il fait chaud 35-40c. Un peu comme les...

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Jul 19, 2014 - Zion National Park, UT

The Quail Park Lodge provided a continental breakfast: fruit, muffins, sausage balls (the fav), coffee and juices. After tanking up on food and drink, we drove to Zion National Park. We entered the park from the east via Hwy 9, locally called the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. We passed the Checkerboard Mesa as we approached the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. The road disappears into a canyon wall and 1.1 miles later back into sunlight. After emerging from the tunnel, the highway switchbacks down Pine Creek Canyon and then arrives at Zion Canyon where...

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