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Zion National Park

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ranges in elevation from 4,000 feet to over 8,500 feet. These people are standing on the rim of the Blind Arch Overlook and looking from the eastern edge of the park toward the west. The elevation where they are standing is approximately 6,000 feet. There are hundreds of miles of trails in the park with varying degrees of difficulty. Each trail offers its own reward. 

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Angels Landing

Perhaps the most popular of all trails in Zion National Park is the Angels Landing trail.  Many people do this trail on a daily basis, but that doesn't mean it isn't a little un-nerving for the those who have a small fear of heights. This woman is walking along a spine and you can see that she is reaching out to hold onto some chains. The chains are just a precaution for certain parts of the trail. At the top of Angels Landing you can see down to the Virgin River as it wraps around you. The distance to the valley below (left of the woman) is about 1,000 feet.  

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View from the saddle

This is part of the view hikers have as they look down from Angels Landing. The Virgin River and the road in the main canyon follow a similar course as they wrap around the formations of Zion National Park.

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Walter's Wiggles

It took some great effort to create this trail going up the side of a mountain on the Angels Landing trail in Zion National Park. This area is colorfully names Walter's Wiggles.  Most hikers will make it through a few switchbacks and then take a rest.

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View of the Valley

This couple has a great view of the valley in the main canyon of Zion National Park.  At this point they stand about 1,000 feet above the valley floor.  The Sentinel is the point in the far distance (upper left). 

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Sandstone Vistas

Zion National Park is comprised of many different layers of sandstone. This person stands above the Blind Arch and near the mile-long tunnel. This hike is one of the easier ways to get a scenic view of the park. The trail starts just above the tunnel and there is very little elevation gain.  

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Scenic Side Canyons

This couple is wandering through a side canyon inside Zion National Park. The early morning light is reflecting off the walls and across some water from recent rains. The back of this canyon is a short slot canyon that makes for a great canyoneering experience.

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Observation Point

These intrepid hikers are enjoying lunch in Zion National Park at Observation Point.  This is one of the highest overlooks into the park.  Start on this trail at Weeping Rock in the main canyon.

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Natural Play Land

Some kids think that McDonalds offers the best play land but Zion National Park has all the natural elements for fun with the family.  These three friends posed for the camera in an awkward position over a fairly deep pool of cool water. They seemed to be enjoying the wet sand in their toes. 

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Along the Trail

This group is working their way downhill after a steady but fairly easy walk to this point. Just above them is Upper and Lower Emerald Pools. This area is one of the most popular destinations within Zion National Park.

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Toward Emerald Pools

These people are working their way along the trail to Emerald Pools in Zion National Park. They have a great view to the canyon below as the sandstone formations rise yet another thousand feet or more above them.Click here - Zion National Park Information Click here - More Zion National Park Photographs

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