North and West of Zion National Park, Utah

These photos were taken on the road from La Verkin to Kolob Reservoir, a road that goes in and out of the park boundaries.  The main parts of the park will be a subject for an upcoming photo expedition.

On road north from LaVerkin, Utah, looking toward mountains of  Zion National Park.  The tops of some of the white mountains are visible that give the park some of its distinctive features.

Summer flowers on the side of the road.

The main mountains of central Zion National park are on the Eastern horizon.

Farther north are the red sanstones of the Kolob Canyons area of Zion National Park.

Higher up, north of the Kolob Reservoir at about 8,800 feet above sea level, the red rock display of Cedar Breaks National Monument is visible to the East on a parallel mountain range.

The Quaking Aspen tree makes for a very pleasant terrain at these high altitudes.

My desire is to return to Zion one of these weekends and take some pictures to post here, in the central gorge of this beautiful place.  The Grand Canyon is not all that far from here, and a good way to get there from Las Vegas is through Zion Canyon.  Grand Canyon's vistas are breathtaking, but are typically seen from the upper reaches of its rims.  Zion Canyon is one where you drive into the bottom of the canyon, and look up at the walls.  Some of its dayhike opportunities are simply wonderful in terms of vistas and appreciating the role of water in sustaining life in a hot climate.  It really is a spectacular place in its own right and well worth a visit.

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