Friday, May 28, 2010

Zion Canyon National Park, Diverse Views & Hikes

Zion Canyon National Park has a base level of about 4,000 feet above sea level.
The cliffs rise about 3,000 feet above the Virgin River.

The lizard above rested on my shoe while I rested at a spring after hiking the West Rim Trail in Zion. Views out across Wildcat Canyon below.

Typical scene of sage scrub along the Zion trail, once you have left the rim.
Zion lies in an area where the Colorado Plateau, the Basin and Range province and the Mojave Desert come together. It is not far from the Painted Desert. Very rich geological & biological diversity.

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