I have been looking forward to "Z" for a long time. I have been waiting to share with you one of my favorite places in the U.S. , Zion (Utah). The colors in these rocks are amazing, the hiking is amazing, the fun to be had is amazing. We have been here twice, once as Out West trip counselors and again last summer for field camp. Each time I just can't believe how beautiful it is.
Things I would recommend doing:
Hike the narrows. Wear your water shoes because you will be walking down a river through some narrow canyons. Don't go if it is raining, people have died due to flash floods.
Hike to Observation point. This is an 8 mile, 5 hour, hike up to a beautiful view of the park and through sky high canyons. It is definitely worth the hike. The pictures below are from our first trip out there, so not the best quality.
This is on the East side of the park. The rocks in Zion are mostly Navajo Sandstone formed by the fossilization of ancient dunes. It is very recognizable by its cross stratification (the diagonal lines that criss cross the rocks).
For more information about Zion
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