A friend said he liked Zion National Park, but that it wasn’t his favorite. Hmm, for once, I don’t have enough of a reference point to be critical. This place blew my mind. Everything is huge, dramatic, textured, and multicolored. I could definitely go back and explore it more closely.
Located in Southwestern Utah on the edge of the Colorado Plateau, the park includes sandstone canyons, freestanding arches, dramatic rock towers, and mesas and plateaus. So much cream, pink and red in one landscape!
The over all scale is awe-inspiring, but looking closely is incredible as well. These colors and textures are amazing to see:
And there’s this spot, Checkerboard Mesa. Well crafted, nature!
Nowadays people, and especially a city slicker like myself, tend to think of the landscape as consisting of separate places but, as the Zion site helpfully explains, “The bottom layer of rock at Bryce Canyon is the top layer at Zion, and the bottom layer at Zion is the top layer at the Grand Canyon.” Thus, I’m adding Bryce and the Grand Canyon to my list of places to see next, so I can continue to better understand the bigger picture of that part of the US.