After we left the North Rim of Grand Canyon we drove north to Utah.  We arrived at a crest in a hill and looked out
over this scene of a broad valley and the Mountains that contain Zion National Park beyond.
First View of Utah

A bit further along we approached another long downhill road toward the town of Virgin, Utah.  It was fairly steep.
Hill Down To Virgin Utah

After we passed through the town of Virgin, we headed east on Route 9 toward
Zion National Park and the town of Springdale.  The Peaks ahead gave us hints of Zion Park.
HighRidges HeadingToward Springdale

Here's another shot as we got closer to the town of Springdale which is right on the west border of Zion Park
Spingdale Sign

After we got into Zion Park we saw this nice field of yellow flowers with high peaks beyond.
Yellow Flowers and Peaks

The following images show some of the amazing variety of rock formations at Zion.
Red and White Cliffs

Swirling Hillside

This is called Checkerboard Moutain
Checkerboard Mountain


We were stopped to wait for one way traffic through a tunnel and looked up to our right to find
a climber on this straight cliff.
Climber

Cave and SwitchbackRoad

Topsy Turvey Hillside

Two pebbles fells thousands of years ago.
Two Giant Rocks


At one of the Visitor's Centers these cactus were blooming.  I also saw wild pink cactus along
the road at places too hard to climb to.
Red Cactus

The reddish form below the yellow bloom is a bud.
Yellow Cactus

The Virgin River flows through Zion.
Virgin River

Three Large Peaks

Rock Wave

Vertical of Swirls

Closeup of Swirls

We went west to Interstate 15 one day and entered the Western side of Zion which
I think many fewer people visit than do the main part of the park near Springdale.  Here
is Dave at a viewpoint and then a panarama that we was viewing of this splendid part of Zion.

Dave at Overlook

West Zion Panarama

The next set of images will include more of southern Utah  (Snow Canyon, Coral Pink Sands State Park and Bryce National Park.)

Next: Snow, Coral Pink Sands, and Bryce (Southern Utah 2)