Saturday, December 22, 2012

Zion in Winter


Life has a way of keeping us unexpectedly busy.  It also has a penchant for overtaking our free time, hence, my recent absence from blogging. I do, however, have some good photos to share, which will hopefully make up for the lack of words.

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Zion National Park in Utah. Most hikers prefer to take on the trails during the summer months; I, however, love the winter. The snow, fog, and even the rain all offer extraordinarily unique scenes.  The barren trees pierce into the sky like skeletal fingers grasping for something just out of reach, and the fast moving clouds offer ever-changing sights that disappear just as quickly as they come into being.

The mountains of Zion offer spectacular views in any season. The peaks are only enhanced by the dark, stormy clouds. The variety of trees and foliage are so diverse that you may see evergreens intermingled with contrasting barren, leafless varieties.

Another advantage to the winter visit is the lack of tourists. In the summer, the trails are crowded, the prices in nearby Springdale are more than double the off season rates, and the heat is only slightly less intense than in Las Vegas. I much prefer the quiet, lonely trails of wintertime.

Angel's Landing

Canyon Overlook

Canyon Overlook

Weeping Rock


Off trail, along the Virgin River

Angel's Landing

Court of the Patriarchs

Weeping Rock

Weeping Rock


Weeping Rock



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