Images from Zion

Here are three images of iconic views in Zion National Park.

First is the view of Zion Canyon from atop Angel’s landing.

Zion Canyon from atop Angel's Landing, Zion National Park, Utah

Zion Canyon from atop Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park, Utah

Here is a view of the Subway, part of the like along Left Fork Canyon.

In the Subway, Zion National Park, Utah

In the Subway, Zion National Park, Utah

And lastly this shot was captured on the highway bridge over the Virgin River.

Virgin River at Night, Zion National Park, Utah

Virgin River at Night, Zion National Park, Utah

Zion Canyon, Zion National Park

One of the most commonly captured images is from this view point, on the bridge over the Virgin River. The main highway makes a sharp curve and crosses this bridge. You will often see the bridge lined with photographers.
This shot was taken at about midnight, with a Canon 6D and a Rokinon 14mm lens.
I just got lucky on the satellite crossing and of course Orion looks stunning hovering above the scene…
Zion River and Orion

Hidden Canyon, Zion National Park

There are many hikes originating in Zion Canyon. From the visitors center you hop on a shuttle bus and ride up stream getting off at the various trail heads. About half way up is the stop for Hidden Canyon, Weeping Rock and Observation Point.

Last April we visited the park and stayed a week, doing many hikes, Hidden Canyon being one of them.
The trail starts with switchbacks, steep switchbacks!

Then the trail clings to the cliff while it swings around to a defile where there is a set of stairs.
Hidden Canyon, Zion National Park

Now the trail again hangs on the cliff while it rounds another bend.
Hidden Canyon, Zion National Park

Hidden Canyon, Zion National Park

The views start to open up of the valley below.
Hidden Canyon, Zion National Park

Now the trail plunges into the canyon, the narrow trail is full of amazing rock, fantastically colored and shaped.
Hidden Canyon, Zion National Park

Hidden Canyon, Zion National Park

Hidden Canyon, Zion National Park

On the way back we veered off and up to a high point of the ridge to see the valley below before heading back…
Hidden Canyon, Zion National Park

Hidden Canyon, Zion National Park

Zion Canyon and Angel’s Landing

Last April I made a week-long sojourn to Zion National Park in Utah. We camped at the Watchman Camp ground.
Zion National Park

On the first days hike we rode the shuttle bus up the valley…
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and hiked up to Angle’s Landing.

The hike is about 2 miles and 1,600 ft of elevation gain. The hike takes you up a series of switchbacks and then through Echo Canyon.
Zion National Park

More steep switchbacks leave you on a plateau where you can catch your breath before the last steep pitch along a knife’s edge to the top…
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Zion National Park

The view down the valley is breathtaking.
Zion National Park

The Watchman provided a sweet backdrop for the stars at night.
Watchman

Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah

The National Park Service has implemented a fleet of tour buses to handle the massive flow of people through Zion Canyon. The system works very well, there are many clean, electric, buses running up and down all day long, stopping at all the key sights and trail heads. Angel’s Landing is one of the key attractions in the valley. Just the trail itself is a wonder of engineering. Rising more than 1,500 feet from the valley floor to a sheer precipice in a scant few miles along a finger of rock the trail affords unsurpassed views…
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