Zion National Park is 229 square miles in the South Western
corner of Utah. A prominent feature is Zion Canyon, which is
15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) 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
(1,117 m) at Coalpits Wash and the highest elevation is 8,726 ft
(2,660 m) 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 life zones allow for
unusual plant and animal diversity. Numerous plant species as
well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals (including 19 species
of bat), and 32 reptiles inhabit the park's four life zones: Desert,
Riparian, Woodland, and Coniferous Forest. Zion National Park
includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers,
slot canyons and natural arches.
In the top photo, a group of hikers show the scale for the
detailed photo's of the canyon walls that I featured yesterday.
And how far we've yet to climb to get to the top of Mt. Baldy.
And below... we look down to see that our hike from the
canyon floor has already brought us to a considerable elevation.
Information from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion_National_Park
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