Zion Canyon (Day 1)

Utah, USA, 21st October 2014.

Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon

Moving out of Las Vegas and entering Utah, our first destination was Zion Canyon.  This is the view from the bridge on the way into the National Park.

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Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon

Zion Canyon is on the edge of the Colorado Plateau and so is unusual in that you walk in from the bottom of the canyon instead of looking around from the top.

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Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon

Near the bridge is as far as you can drive a car.  To go further up the canyon you have to take a bus and then walk.

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Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon

The rocks are mainly sandstone and the layers date mainly from the Triassic to the Jurassic (250 to 150 million years ago).

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Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon

Anasazi (ancestral publoans) lived in this area from about 2,000 years ago; Paiutes from about 800 years ago and Mormons from the 1860s.

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Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon .

Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon .

Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon

Back at the bridge (similar viewpoint to the first image) for the fading sun.

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Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon

This final image is a ten minute exposure after dark.

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5 comments on “Zion Canyon (Day 1)

  1. enmanscamera says:

    Excellent images and, as usual, information worth taking the time to read.

    Like

  2. Remembering my trip to Zion last summer. A place I want to return to soon! Loved the biking hiking and climbing there. Great pictures, thanks for sharing!

    Like

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