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Towering Above

 

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. 

 

photoblog image Zion 24(1).jpg

 

 

Information from Wikipedia:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion_National_Park

Towering Above

 

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. 

 

photoblog image Zion 24(1).jpg

 

 

Information from Wikipedia:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion_National_Park

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • United States
  • 5 Apr 2017, 01:00
Love it!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Ray!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 5 Apr 2017, 01:23
Beautifully framed view with splendid colors!! The people add a nice sense of scale here.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Steven!
Magnifique ! Les humains paraissent petits comme des fourmis.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Martine! One feels very insignificant in a place like this!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Apr 2017, 06:21
A great adventure, make the best of it all!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: We certainly did our best, Chris!
Man alive, Elizabeth. You climbed all the way to the top of Mt. Baldy???? Am I ever impressed. I wonder if you have ever done this before Frank? And if not, I can just imagine how he has changed everything for you, and vice versa.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Sure! Not in record time these days, mind you - but we certainly get where we want to go!
I have always enjoyed hiking and bouldering... growing up in Wyoming - not much else to do! smile Frank didn't start hiking until in his 40's, but had always been very active with cycling, handball, tennis, etc. So we compliment each other very well in the activity department. It's wonderful to have a partner who wants to do exactly what you want to do... wants to go exactly where you want to go... We are like mirror images on some things! smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Apr 2017, 07:14
Absolute fabulous. Thank you for the information. Beyond fascinating. Look at that tree holding on to that rock... what a 'walk' to take.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Astrid! It is something to see all of this! It's definitely a place I want to return to!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Apr 2017, 07:28
Gorgeous!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Philine!!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Apr 2017, 07:35
Oh fabulous! Its is good to look back and see what has been achieved so far; better than considering how how far it is still to climb! I'm aways amazed just how the trees grow in minimal soil.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Alan! It is isn't it! I always love looking forward and back! smile
Those trees find the smallest fissures to grow out of - it's incredible!
How I should like to wander along this track gazing in awe at the spleandour all around.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh, Chad... you could spend days and days at Zion. 229 square miles of it!
An awesome sight E. I assume these are normal sized people and you haven't photoshopped them to be really tiny
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Bill - it is just an incredible place!
Normal sized... except the guy in blue - as I recall he was extra tall! smile
Wow! The colours are amazing!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: The colors are just unbelievable!!
As I remarked to Frank, and the same goes for your I guess, except the age bit, but you must both be very fit and healthy to be able to walk steep and long paths like these. BTW in your notes the reference to 32 types of thingy is a bit disturbing!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile We do alright, Brian. So fare we've been blessed with good health!
Well, now, 32 types of reptiles doesn't mean they're all thing's... some will be really cute lizards! smile
I enjoy the vertical POV of both shots, especially the second, looking down.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Mary!! Sometimes it's hard to know how to take and portray a place like this!
  • Ladicola
  • United States
  • 5 Apr 2017, 14:19
Beautiful! Love the contrast with the hikers.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, so much - I'm glad they were there to provide some scale!
What a walk this was, I know we did it by mistake, but so glad we did!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm glad your glad... I felt bad for erring... smile
Wow and Wow again
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, and thank you again!
beautiful images...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Larry!

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