Zion National Park

 

This post will probably be one of our shorter ones.  The reason for this is the lack of photos that I took in Zion.  During our 2 week stay in the area, we had 8 days of rain and 3 snow storms in addition to the rain.  This left me with a very short window for pictures as the clouds were hovering too low for us to see much.  The ice made many roads impassable for us to take hikes and we desperately wanted to hike the Narrows, however, it was so cold that we were warned against it by the rangers.

As soon as the sun broke, however,  we did run out and take as many pics as possible.  On the days that we had snow on the ground, it was beautiful with the contrast of the red dirt against the freshly fallen snow.IMG_0199 IMG_0198 IMG_0197

We began by driving up into the park to see the towering walls that surround you on both sides.  They have named the walls The Great White Throne and Altar of Sacrifice

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While in the park, we made the short hike up to the Emerald Pools.  We learned that the snow and ice had closed most of the trails in the park and this one was no exception.  We  made it to the lower pool, however, beyond that point, it was roped off.  The ice made for some wonderful icicles as it cascaded over the rocks into the pool below.

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We also drove up over the Mt Carmel Highway and through the mile long tunnel that was carved out of the hillsides in the 1930’s.  Once we reached the other side, we were shocked to find about 8 inches of snow on the ground.  We found a great place to sneek the dogs out for a romp in the fresh snow which made for some verry happy pups!

We continued up to the west side of the park and hiked as far as we could along the Left Fork of the Virgin River.  We found badger tracks in the snow and the mule deer were everywhere in the evening.  It was quite beautiful and the vibrant colors that the setting sun reflects off of the sandstone is just lovely.

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A look back into the park at sunset was spectacular from our front window

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We are planning to come back through this area during the spring or fall when the weather will hopefully cooperate better.  Until then, we are off to Lake Mead and some new adventures of hiking in the desert.  I’m sure we will find some great places to explore.

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