Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

In October of 2016, we visited a few National Parks in the southwest of the United States. We started our tour in Las Vegas where we arrived on October 8, and after visiting Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches, Monument Valley, and the Grand Canyon, we were back in Las Vegas on October 15. The trip yielded a large number of photos, only a few of which are presented in these pages. This is the first of a three-part series; it highlights our visit of Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.

Zion National Park

We arrived in Springdale around one o'clock in the afternoon. Zion National Park is different from the other canyon parks we visited in that one enters the canyon at the bottom. In all other cases, the access is along the rim. This means that we didn't have as much time there as we would have liked: inside the canyon, the light fades quickly towards the end of the afternoon, and we still had to drive a couple of hours to take us to Cannonville where we had reservations for two nights at the Grand Staircase Inn.

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Near the Canyon entrance

Near the Canyon entrance


Canyon walls Canyon walls

Canyon walls

Canyon walls


In the park The Virgin River On Riverside Walk

In the park

The Virgin River

On Riverside Walk


View near Zion Lodge View from Riverside Walk

View near Zion Lodge

View from Riverside Walk


On Riverside Walk The Virgin River

On Riverside Walk

The Virgin River


By the Virgin River On Riverside Walk

By the Virgin River

On Riverside Walk


View from Riverside Walk By the Virgin River

View from Riverside Walk

By the Virgin River


Canyon walls The Great White Throne

Canyon walls

The Great White Throne


View from Riverside Walk View from Riverside Walk

View from Riverside Walk

View from Riverside Walk


Looking across the river to Emerald Pools Trail The Emerald Pools Trail foot bridge

Looking across the river to Emerald Pools Trail

The Emerald Pools Trail foot bridge


Mule deer On Emerald Pools Trail

Mule deer

On Emerald Pools Trail


The Virgin River The Virgin River seen from the Emerald Pools Trail foot bridge

The Virgin River

The Virgin River seen from the Emerald Pools Trail foot bridge

Bryce Canyon National Park

We spent the entire day of October 10 at Bryce Canyon. After exploring the rim for a while, we hiked down a very easy path, Queens Garden trail, that led from Sunrise Point to the bottom of the canyon. The return was slightly more challenging: via Navajo Loop Trail and up a short but incredibly steep part called Wall Street to Sunset Point on the rim. After lunch, we took the car and explored some other points along the rim, such as the Bryce Natural Bridge and scenic Rainbow Point, where the evening light was beautiful. We then drove back to Cannonville for our second night there.


Panorama from the Rim Trail

Panorama from the Rim Trail


By Bryce Point View from the Rim Trail

By Bryce Point

View from the Rim Trail


Natural bridge Near Sunrise Point

Natural bridge

Near Sunrise Point


Descending on Queens Garden Trail On Queens Garden Trail

Descending on Queens Garden Trail

On Queens Garden Trail


On Queens Garden Trail Amid the hoodoos

On Queens Garden Trail

Amid the hoodoos


Hoodoos On Queens Garden Trail

Hoodoos

On Queens Garden Trail


On Queens Garden Trail Chipmunk

On Queens Garden Trail

Chipmunk


Going down further Almost at the bottom A delicate balance

Going down further

Almost at the bottom

A delicate balance


On the canyon floor Climbing back up on Navajo Loop Trail

On the canyon floor

Climbing back up on Navajo Loop Trail


Looking up Wall Street Looking back down Looking down Wall Street

Looking up Wall Street

Looking back down

Looking down Wall Street


Back on the rim at Sunset Point Bryce Natural Bridge

Back on the rim at Sunset Point

Bryce Natural Bridge


Evening light panorama at Rainbow Point

Evening light panorama at Rainbow Point


The photos on this page were taken on October 9 and 10, 2016.




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