This set of photos include Snow Canyon, just west of I-15 in Southern Utah, Coral Pink Sands State Park
which is just southeast of Zion, Bryce National Park and the nearby Red Canyon National Forest.

These are the very red rocks of Snow Canyon.  There has never been snow in Snow Canyon.  It's
name came from an early Mormon settler named Snow. 
Red Cliffs in Snow Canyon

Here are more of the amazingly red cliffs of Snow.
RedCliffs Clouds Snow Canyon

Not everything in Snow Canyon is red.  Here is a sample of some of the whitish grey hillsides with black
volcanic material in the background.  Snow Canyon is Red, White and Black.
Sliding Hillside


After going through Snow Canyon, we headed a bit further west to follow a dirt road Utah calls a Backway.
It took us south through beautiful county much of which was a Piute Reservation.  We enjoyed this winding
dirt road for well over an hour before returning to Interstate 15 and heading back east.  We passed a big
reservoir in these hills and talked to the Park Ranger who said it would be empty by mid August as it was
used by local farmers for irrigation water.  The water in the reservoir was mostly Spring snow melt.

Piute Backway

The next day, we drove east through part of Zion and south on Route 89 to visit Coral Pink Sands State Park.
This is a little gem of a park well worth a couple of hours trip out of your way.  This was our first stopping point.
The Park is a Valley where sand has piled up over the centuries from a gap at the western end between two
mountains. 

Note the nearby flowers fill the mid distant field and almost match the sand dunes beyond.
Fence Flowers Dune

A little further down the valley, I climbed up a dune near the road that was only about 100 feet up,
but with the soft sand, quite a challenge to climb.  It was worth it to see the Dunes close up. 
Apparently they are constantly reshifting shapes as the wind blows down the valley. 
There were rocky cliffs with some trees on the far side.  I would guess that the valley here is less
than a half mile across.
Dunes 

Below is a photo of my foot print while climbing back down the dune to the Van.  The sand
was very dry, but apparently my weight compacted the sand just a bit to make a rise where
my foot had been and the sand then fell away from around that place. 
Foot Print

While I was looking down, I found this little guy making his way across the path down the dune.
Bug and Prints


Near the end of the Coral Pink Sands State Park, one can see the gap where the winds enter the valley
and a large set of dunes across the valley.  I guess the valley might be well over a mile wide here.
Dead Flowers View Across Dunes

On our way back to Route 89, we stopped to capture this amazing valley of orange flowers.
Orange Flowers leaving Coral Sands

And just after we headed north on 89, we stopped to capture these blue lupins
that seem to be growing out of pure red rock.
Blue Lupins


We made several visits to Bryce Canyon which is something not to miss.  This is a vew from Bryce Point,
a major overlook in the Park - camera pointing southeast.
Bryce Point looking Southeast

This is later in the day looking more east, northeast.
Bryce Point looking east

At the north end of Bryce Point is an amazing collection of what are called Hoodoos.  The trees
you see in this picture are large 60-80 foot high trees, to give you some perspective on the height of
the hoodoos.
CloseUp Hoodoos


Please notice the trees growing on top of this amazing feature. They were 20 or 30 feet tall themselves!
Tall Obilisqque

Dave at Agua Point in Bryce Canyon National Park
Dave at Agua Point

Another very narrow set of Hoodoo features.
Narrow Hoodoo Feature

Cliffs through cliffs.
Cliffss through Cliffs


Late Afternoon the far cliffs just glowed to match the nearby hills along Bryce Canyon main drive. You can see
the small town down in the valley in near distance.
Late Afternoon Matching Cliffs

We got up early the day we heading north to Capital Reef and made one more
visit to Bryce to capture the big Hoodoo scene at Bryce Point in early morning. 
This white feature is along the path to the viewpoint for the next shot --
a panarama of hoodoos at Bryce Point.

White Hoodoo


Panarama of hoodoos.  This is three vertical shots stitched together in PhotoShop.
Panarama of Hoodoos


When we left Bryce, we drove down Route 12 through Red Canyon National Forest which had red cliffs to rival
Snow Canyon.  There are two tunnels along the road.  How long do you suppose these rocks have been perched
on top of this bridge?
TunnelsRedCanyonNatForest

Red Cliffs

Bring peaks leaving Bryce

Two Towers Leaving Bryce

Castles Skyline Red Canyon Nat Forest

Red Canyon Castle Details

That's it for Snow, Bryce, Coral Red Sands, and Red Canyon Parks.  The next set of pictures will include Capital
Reef, Canyonlands and other Utah points of interest a bit further north in the state.

Next: North from Bryce Through Capital Reef (North into Utah)