March 2, 1997 |
From aptly named Canyon Overlook Trail, we beheld the majesty of Zion National Park, a wonderland of sculpted cliffs and deep canyons. Before us a kaleidoscope of desert colors shifted constantly with the angle of the sun. "It's just like a birthday cake," exclaimed my Sophia, who just celebrated her 5th birthday. I applauded my budding naturalist's observation: In winter, the park does resemble a red-rock layer cake topped by snowy white frosting.
October 12, 2003 |
Zion National Park, Utah The late afternoon sun painted the cliffs with rich rays of red as we rolled to a stop at the booth where rangers collect a $20 entrance fee and dispense information and advice. To our right, the western face of the Watchman -- an aptly named 6,545-foot-high sandstone monolith towering above the main gateway to the park -- gleamed crimson as it rose above an expanse of golden cottonwoods. Fall colors come late to Zion National Park.
April 25, 1999 |
Zion. Bryce Canyon. Capitol Reef. North rim of the Grand Canyon. Arches. Canyonlands. These are the national parks of the Colorado Plateau. Together they form what is known as the "Grand Circle," but each is a geological treasure in its own right. Visitors come from around the world to see their magnificent rock formations. Most tour by car or RV, but my husband, Joe, and I prefer to go by motorcycle.