Tuesday, October 4, 2011


We have spent the last two days exploring Zion National Park Canyon. Yesterday we rode the shuttle on our own and got off to explore several stops.

We don’t walk very far but there were a couple of hikes that were only about a half mile round trip that we were able to do. One of these was at the Court of the Patriarchs.


I took so many pictures I am really having trouble deciding which ones to put in the blog. If you have not been here, you definitely need to visit this park.





Another hike that we were able to do was to Weeping Rock and the Hanging Gardens. This late in the year there really aren’t too many plants in bloom but I found a couple of them.



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This little girl was at Weeping Rock. You can’t really see, but there is a small stream of water by her feet and she was having so much fun playing in the water with rocks. I asked her Mom if it would be okay to take her picture because she just made everybody smile.


IMG_3184 On Tuesday we took the Ride Along With a Ranger tour. We highly recommend this. It’s a two hour tour that stops at different areas than the regular shuttle and the Ranger explains the creation of the canyon as well as explains the relationship between plants, water, animals, and humans. Extremely interesting.

If you want to take this tour (which is free), be sure to sign up the day before because it fills up rapidly.


IMG_3178Now to explain the title of my blog post – our Ranger is the one who said that most National Parks like Zion, Bryce, the Grand Canyon, are all monuments to erosion. Erosion is how,  over the million of years involved, we see all this great beauty around us.

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Some people like a challenge.



Zion is incredibly beautiful and if you have never been here, please put it on your list to see.


  1. Your photos are excellent, as usual.

  2. Great photos and it looks like you are catching up with all that time you stayed put!

  3. Wonderful photos, Sandie! We visited Zion for the first time in April, 2010. We were there for five days and stayed at an RV park in Virgin, UT. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Zion. We took our bicycles on the shuttle, rode to the end, and then bicycled back down to the visitor's center. Zion is one of our favorite national parks!

  4. spectacular views ..thanks for sharing your day!!

  5. Our first year full-timing when we worked at the Grand Canyon, we visited Zion and the others several times and we took thousands of photos and totally understand how hard it is to choose which photos to use. There is not a person who can take a bad photo in Zion.

    Bryce Canyon was wonderful, so were Red Canyon and the Coral Dunes and so many more places including the Escalante (?sp). Absolutely love that area...enjoy!

  6. Love your photos! Are you going to try to go to Capitol Reef while you're there? Not near as crowded and quite beautiful. They also have a great campground.

  7. Utah is one of my favorite scenic States. Been to Zion and Bryce a couple times and just loved my time spent there. That whole area of Utah is just scenically beautiful with so many places to see and travel to. If your headed for Bryce now you had better put your snow tires on as a winter storm is closing in on that area according to Jean and Skip on our side bar.

  8. Looks like you had a great day. That park is definately ON THE LIST. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna...

  9. Beautiful photos! We loved that park and plan to do a big tour of Utah.

  10. You can't hardly beat Utah for beautiful erosion! :)

  11. Wow... great photos... We have never been to the Park, but it is right at the top of the list now!

  12. You are right...it is incredibly beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  13. What awesome pictures! Thanks! I often wonder what it all looked like before the years of erosion and wear and tear. Some day God will make it new again, and we'll probably wonder why we ever called this beautiful -- but I can't even imagine what that will be like. ~Liz

  14. Suzy visited Zion with her Mom many years ago -- another story to tell some time -- but I've never been there. Thanks for the show, the great pictures, and just for being you!

  15. I really loved Utah. Pictures? I took so many I thought my camera would go into overload. Is it amzing how many different pictures of rocks you can take! Have fun.

  16. Amazing photos! Utah is on our agenda for next spring as we head home to Canada from Texas. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Zion is my favorite park, and you got some great pictures. Thanks for sharing. I never heard of the Ranger tour - I'll have to go back!

  18. Zion is also one of my favorite parks. I like Bryce too, but Zion more.

  19. Ranger tours are such a great way to learn more about the areas we visit - we don't do enough of them.

    Your photos sure make me miss Utah. It is one state that I would enjoy visiting again.


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