Zion National Park Off The Beaten Path

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    In a little corner of the...

    by Pavlik_NL Written Oct 15, 2002

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    In a little corner of the scenic drive is a special natural phenomena to be witnessed (especially when it has rained in the days before). It is the weeping rocks. Because the topmaterial of this mountain is rather poreues, water gets sucked in like with a spunge. As it goes down with gravity it meets a very hard layer in the mountain and thus has to either go left or right. At the edges of the mountain it drips out, even weeks after the last rainfall, water appears here along the wall and green vegetation hanging from the mountainside prooves the presence of water. At some spots one can almost speak of hanging gardens.

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    Kolob Canyon

    by richiecdisc Updated Jun 13, 2009

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    The Kolob Canyon section of Zion National Park is a great place to escape the crowds in Zion Valley. This colorful and more serene area offers a near empty scenic drive and some lengthy hikes such as the one to the 14-mile round trip to Kolob Arch which I did as a day hike in 1995. This arch is the second longest free standing arch in the world next to Landscape Arch in Arches National Park. We contemplated doing this as an overnight hike to get better light on the Arch but the lack of water for drinking/cooking put a damper on our desires and after completing the West Rim hike from Lava Point in the nearby Kolob Terrace section of the park, we decided to move on. The Kolob Canyon is 90 minutes from the south entrance of Zion National Park.

    serene walk to Kolob Arch in fall of 1995
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    My Way / Slot Canyon - Full of the unexpected.

    by Jerelis Written Jun 30, 2006

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    Colossal mass of rocks stand out as geological temples against the clear blue sky. Age-long streams of mineral waters have colourfully covered the faces of the mountains.

    Zion, it's a fitting name for a solemn area where nature shows it's awe-inspiring shape as a supreme creator. Protected within Zion National Park's 593,1 square kilometres and esspecially this slot canyon hike is a spectacular cliff-and-canyon landscape and wilderness full of the unexpected.

    Cliffs hanging over in Zion National Park. Jeroen entering a slot canyon.
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    My Way / Slot Canyon - Capriousness of nature ...

    by Jerelis Written Jun 30, 2006

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    We went for a nice hike by the name "My Way", which was selected by our guide. During this hike we noticed the capriousness of nature by all the horizontal and vertical shuffled lines in the rocks.

    Differences in elevation, sunlight, water and temperature created "microenvioronments" like hanging gardens, forested side canyons and islolated mesas that lend to this diversity. It is a beautiful sight.

    Jeroen is hiking through a canyon in Zion.
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    My Way / Slot Canyon - A riverbed dried out.

    by Jerelis Written Jun 30, 2006

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    The hike took us to a slot canyon which means that the high canyon walls come together untill you're almost unable to walk over the path anymore. Able to touch both sides of the canyons by hand! It was quite spectaculor.

    The path we took was a riverbed and was dried out because of the summer period, but be aware during other seasons, because you might get cought by a tidal wave because of heavy rain or water of melting glaciers.

    Relinde at the middle of a slot canyon.
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    waiting for little green men.

    by skanda Updated Apr 21, 2006

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    On the road from Zion to Bryce you'll find an interesting rockformation. These red rocks are not fenced off in any way. It is a great photo point and there are a few wonderfull, but short, hikes. We expected to see little green men, yelling "we mean you no harm", at every corner. Welcome to Mars!

    look at the size of that thing!
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    More of Zion in winter

    by goingsolo Written Dec 21, 2004

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    It doesn't snow much here at this lower elevation, but it can get awfully cold. On the morning of this visit, the temperature hovered around 26 degrees fahrenheit. Barren trees flanked the trails and remnants of snow and ice were strewn about Zion's paths.

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    Northgates Peak Summer Stroll

    by WinInZion Updated Jun 1, 2007

    Ok, you're visiting Zion in the Summer and it's HOT!! Take a nice ride up Kolob Res. Rd to the Wildcat Trailhead and do the Northgate Peak hike. The temps will be 15-20 degrees cooler!

    This is a nice level hike thru the forest to a terrific viewpoint. This is also the TH for the Subway and a connector to the West Rim Trail. The hike is well signed. Never crowded!

    Wife along the trail. We always have snack under the dead tree.

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    Gooseberry Mesa for the mountainbiker

    by Combinedefx Written Jan 4, 2004

    Gooseberry Mesa is first-class riding. About an hour or less away and the landscape is yours. No crowds to deal with and you are in the wilderness.
    Trails for all skill levels provide a full day of fun and challenges. There are 1000' drop-offs right next to the trail for a little extra thrill!

    Bike trail with Zion in distance
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    All about Gooseberry Mesa

    by Combinedefx Written Feb 7, 2004

    It's a must see/go/do for mountain bikers and those who are willing to put some effort into reaching an out of the way destination. There are trails marked for bikes only, ATVs only, and I believe, no hiking only trails. If one wanted to walk in the area the bike trail would be the safest. Maps can be found in the Springdale bike shop and online.
    Everyone gives the same common sense warnings about the place, and keep them in mind. It is about a mile or more of a drive up the rough road (for a car) so it is harder to escape storms.
    We were caught by two converging storms on the way down the mesa, and were in a series of sandstorms going down the winding road. We left just in time.

    Gooseberry potholes and Vermillion Cliffs
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    wildflowers

    by richiecdisc Written Jun 13, 2009

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    Arriving in Zion in early May was not only great for the weather and hiking but also for the wild flower display. Some of the very best were found along the trails. So, you know my advice: hike.

    Zion's colors not confined to the rocks the Watchman flanked by flowers creeping through the rocks prickly pear watch your step
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    The Narrows

    by DPando Updated Mar 2, 2008

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    This is my chronological journey on the Zion narrows, where i spent so many hours hiking up the river seeking the "famous" springs and waterfalls

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    After 180º bend

    by DPando Written Mar 12, 2008

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    More water, less safe sandy pathes, and more exposure to water to cross to shallow water.. that the point after this gorgeous bending

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