Friday, May 30, 2014

Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion NP

I've been without internet for a few days, so catching up with the last posts from Zion National Park. Here's a description of the Canyon Overlook Trail, rated "Moderate."
The trail starts across from the parking area just on the east side of the tunnel.
Tunnel entrance. RVs have to be escorted through the center because of the height.
Birdie above the parking area at the start of the trail.
Ready? Let's go!
There are railings along parts of the trail.
Views from the trail:

Amazing tree root.

Deep gorge below
Close-up of the gorge.

Area of "weeping rock" and hanging gardens.

Interesting rock shapes.

Approaching the overlook.
Overlooking Pine Creek and Zion Canyons

We can see these formations: Altar of Sacrifice (red streaks representing the blood)
The West Temple, highest formation in Zion at 7,810 feet.
Bridge Mountain, 6,803 ft.
The Streaked Wall and The Sentinel (7,157 ft.)
Birdie and me overlooking the canyon.
The road leading up to the tunnel.
One of the "windows" in the tunnel.
Looking back the way we came.
Looking down on the overlook.
On the way back. Birdie's getting used to these high places.

And all the way we were serenaded by this Canyon Wren, singing a canyon song. I should have recorded it for you.

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