Here’s Zions! National Park That is…

Okay, I said that first title using my best Jack Nickolson impersonation…

DSC_4805This gorgeous couple were on the way into Zion’s National Park on the “Checkerboard Rock” formation…

We really lucked out being there at the right time!

DSC_4850We parked our car at the Visitor’s Center and took the shuttle into the main park.  It’s closed to private vehicles now days.

We continued on the shuttle until we got to the last stop.  DSC_4941

We disembarked and proceeded to the “Narrows” trail.  I use that term loosely as it

really means, “Meander your way up the 1.1 mile sidewalk, then prepare to get wet as the trail continues following the Virgin River up the slot canyon!”

DSC_4885There is no way to follow this canyon without getting your feet (and in some cases lots of other parts of yourself) wet!

My son ended up taking his camera for a swim.  😦

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We hiked at least another mile up the Narrows.  We saw these gorgeous Desert Draperies along the weeping rocks.

The Canyon is made up of Navajo sandstone that absorbs rainwater, which allows it to “seep” out of the rocks like tears.

Along the trail you can find hanging “gardens” that feature plants like ferns that are usually seen in wet, humid climates.

DSC_4918On the return trip, we ran into a traffic jam Zion’s style!  Talk about traveling against traffic…

If you have the opportunity to hike the Narrows, make sure you take a walking stick!  It made a huge difference!

DSC_4797And just because he was so handsome, another shot of the Big Horn Sheep at the entrance!

Followed by the Gentleman (or Woman, I’m no birding expert!) we saw on the trip out of the park, a Golden Eagle!DSC_4949I hope you enjoyed your journey with me again!  Thanks

for stopping by…

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8 Responses to “Here’s Zions! National Park That is…”

  1. kittywilkin Says:

    These photos are absolutely stunning!! I love the traffic jam! LOL I can’t think of a better place to be stuck in a “traffic jam”! Gorgeous!

    • ruthiequilts Says:

      Yeah, it was a pretty cool place to be stuck! LOL! (Pun intended!) The Park map said it’s a “cold” hike, but I just loved it! And my feet weren’t even that cold…

  2. Quilt Musings Says:

    Gorgeous! Sorry about the swimming camera. But those bighorn sheep! What an amazing sight.

    • ruthiequilts Says:

      Thank you! Those Big Horn Sheep were simply awesome! When I lived in Wyoming several years ago, we could go up a certain canyon and see them in the winter. Not so easy here!

  3. laflor5233 Says:

    Great shots.

  4. 2bleubirdzsssing4u Says:

    Oh, love those big horn sheep, though I don’t want to meet one head-on, if you know what I mean. Why is the park closed now?

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