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    The Lower Emerald Pools

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2010

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    Lower Emerald Pool

    The Emerald Pools got their name from the Aquatic Green Algae growing in them. They have water in them year round and provide an ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife and plants. The Canyon Tree Frog is often seen here.

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    Court of the Patriarchs

    by Basaic Updated Oct 21, 2010

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    The first stop along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive after the junction with the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway is the Court of the Patriarchs. The peaks stand high over Birch Creek and were named by Frederick Vining Fisher, a Methodist Minister in 1906. He named them for three of the most important people in the Old Testament. The mountains are (in order left to right) Abraham Peak (6890 feet), Isaac Peak (6825 feet), and Jacob Peak (6831 feet). You can hike a trail to get a closer look at the peaks or take a short, paved trail to an overlook.

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    Human History Museum

    by Basaic Written Aug 28, 2010

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    The first stop for the shuttle after leaving the Visitors Center is the Zion Human History Museum. This museum has several rotating displays that depict the history of human habitation in the canyons. It was quite interesting, and worth a stop.

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    Big Bend

    by Segolily Written Aug 20, 2010

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    This is a nice place along the road to stop and take a look at all there is to see. Located on the north side of Angel's Landing there are good views of the 1000ft+ cliffs of that feature. There could be climbers on the cliffs, take a look for them.

    In the saddle between Angel's Landing and the Organ is a picture book frame of the Great White Throne. This is a huge white navaho sandstone monolith that dominates the upper main canyon.

    There are also trails that lead down to the river. This is apparently a good place to fish for brown trout, a non-native species they'd be glad to get rid of.

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    Weeping Rock

    by Segolily Updated Aug 20, 2010

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    The shortest hike in the park is also one of the steepest. It feels like it goes straight up for the 1/4 mile trail. Just when you wonder why you are doing this you get to the alcove that weeps constantly all year long. The water seeping out has been traveling through the upper Navaho Sandstone for hundreds of years before meeting the harder shale below. It creates a beautiful hanging garden that is best in spring. Going all the way up behind the dripping water is essential to truly appreciate this spot.

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    Emerald Pools

    by Segolily Written Aug 20, 2010

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    This is a favorite hike. You begin from the lodge area and cross the river. It is paved the whole way to the Lower Falls. It is a little bit of an uphill climb, but not much and not long (1/2 mile).

    Along the way you can see lizards, squirrels, get a look at some of the oaks and cottonwoods and other trees and bushes that make this an oasis.

    After a short walk the trail turns the corner from the main canyon into Heaps Canyon and heads to the waterfall that is the main attraction. Falling from Middle pool the waterfall comes down about 40 ft. It is not a major waterfall, it is best in the spring or after a rainstorm. But its gentle mist still cools you off in the heat of summer. During winter this area which is also plentiful with seeps and springs can become an ice field.

    Lower Emerald Pool is small and choked now with vegetation. You might find tadpoles, frogs or salamanders, though exploration is not encouraged since the plant life is fragile and easily disturbed.

    Continuing on and up the cliff you arrive at the source of the waterfall at Middle Pools. This is a beautiful little wide spot in the stream.
    Continuing on up to Upper Pools on the steeper and more rugged trail is harder but worth the effort. The upper pool is large and in the spring there is a beautiful 450 ft waterfall coming down the cliff face.

    This is a classic Zion hike and should be a must for any Zion visit. I prefer it in the spring when the water is faster and the green is greener.

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    Visitors Center

    by Basaic Written Aug 16, 2010

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    Visitors Center

    Anyone who has looked at my other pages knows I am a strong advocate of stopping at the Visitor's Center to gather information. The Visitors Center at Zion National Park is located near the Southern Entrance by Springdale. It is a nice Visitors Center with a few interesting displays inside and outside.

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    Human History Museum

    by Segolily Written Aug 11, 2010

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    Towers of the Virgi

    This is in the old visitors center. I'm glad they have renovated the building and put it to use. I have not yet had a chance to visit it since it was opened in 2007. However it sounds like a good way to display the human impact that has been felt in the park from first inhabitants, to early settlers, to park personnel and tourist visitors. They have all had an impact.

    You can also get a good view of the Towers of the Virgin, the West Temple, the Sundial and the Altar of Sacrifice. The West Temple is the tallest monolith in the park and has the tallest white sandstone cliff in the U.S. at 3500 ft above the valley floor.

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    Court of the Patriarchs

    by Segolily Written Aug 11, 2010

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    This is the first stop in the main canyon. From the road it is hard to see the three large rock monoliths named Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But there is a short uphill trail that will take you above treeline for a good view.

    This is also the place that the ancient lake bed began. From here to the end of the canyon it is fairly level. Ages ago there was a dam at this spot and the river created a lake thus creating a relatively level canyon floor.

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    Watch the Wildlife

    by Basaic Updated Jul 10, 2010

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    There is a variety of wildlife within the park. A couple of young bighorn sheep came right down to the road by the Canyon Overlook Trailhead. I also got the chance to photograph a butterfly, a turkey and a squirrel. I kinda like the butterfly photo.

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    Visitor Center Is the Center of It All

    by BruceDunning Updated Jan 1, 2010

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    There are many people who come here to see the center. They have a display of the geology and a film. Also amenity services like gifts are available to include toilets. The center is right at the west end of the park. They have maybe 500 parking slots for the park and shuttle but system,but it fills up. It can get extremely crowded around the center and people are literally fighting for a parking space close by the main outbuildings. It is the only place to park inside the park. Otherwise you need to go to the close by town

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    East End Hikes and Scenes

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 26, 2009

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    There are some of the better panoramic scenes at this end, in my opinion. It also does not feel as clustered and cramped. The Pine Creek-Canyon Overlook is Great hiking for 1 12/ miles and the best views

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    Diversion Dam

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 26, 2009

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    This is along side the creek bed. I read that you can park by the bridge and walk down to it. I did that, and took the long route. I later discovered there is a bike trail coming from Zion Lodge that you can enter easier than traversing down the steep and rocky creek bed. I hiked about 2 miles round trip, and the views were great. I also walked along the Pipe Creek for 1 1/2 miles near the switchbacks. It was thick underbrush, and tough going with some wet spots. The views are wonderful, and no one tries to hike here, so solitude is great.

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    Old Tunnel

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 26, 2009

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    This is hassle if you get stuck in traffic. That can happen when they close off one end while a big RV, or bus is coming through the other. The wait averages 20 minutes at least. I got stuck in traffic wait going both ways. The 1.1 mile tunnel was carved out of the rock over nearly one year period back in 1920's. It allowed tourists to come to Zion without taking the long way around and entering form the west; maybe an 80 miles route. There are 6 windows along the way for views of the rock formations-do not stop, please. Vehicles over 7'10" or 11'4" need an escort. That is what takes the time to get through. The escort may not be in a hurry. No trucks are allowed, or commercial vehicles.

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    Canyon View Overlook-Pine Creek Hike

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 26, 2009

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    This is a somewhat rigorous hike to the top-but well worth it. The round trip was 1.3 miles, and to get to the overlook the payoff is worth it. There is some rock climbing, but also a number of man made steps that are on the trail. The trail takes you along the cliff edge for quite a way. I rate the hike moderate in scale.

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