Photos of the Week: Zions Canyon: Became one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the last 10 years. See why:
OF ALL THE NATIONAL PARKS IN THE UNITED STATES, THERE ARE A FEW THAT COME TO THE TOP OF THE “MUST VISIT” LIST NOW. YELLOWSTONE SEEMS TO BE AT THE TOP OF THE LIST, BUT, SOMEHOW, ZIONS NATIONAL PARK HAS GROWN TO THE TOP OF THE LIST VERY FAST. PEOPLE VISIT YELLOWSTONE FOR THE UNIQUE GEYSERS, AND THE BEAUTY OF THE SCENERY, AND THE WILDLIFE. BUT….. STOP, WAIT….. ZIONS NATIONAL PARK SEEMS TO HAVE SOMETHING THAT DRAWS PEOPLE TO IT AS WELL, AND IT HAS BROUGHT A BIG PROBLEM TO THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE: TOO MANY PEOPLE, JUST LIKE YELLOWSTONE. WHY ALL OF A SUDDEN HAS ZIONS NATIONAL PARK BECOME SO POPULAR ALL OF A SUDDEN? WELL, IN PICTURES, MAYBE WE COULD SHOW YOU WHY:
The scenery and the country compared to Yellowstone is totally shocking. Yellowstone is green, high country with lots of mountain vistas, meadows and rivers and streams. Zions National Park seems to be the opposite: rugged canyons, red rocks and almost “Grand Canyon” feeling without the big canyon. But, a whole different breed of animals living here as well. Desert big horn sheep, deer, lizards, snakes, etc inhabit this country. But, there is something majestic about the scenery at Zions National Park. It is breathtaking. It makes you want to be a part of God’s Creation here too.
The mountains here just shoot up, making you think you are just puny. You don’t climb these. You adore these mountains. They are for your admiration only.
Maybe you have heard of the “slot canyons” or the narrows. If you look closely at the photo above, you can see a person standing at the base of that canyon. This gives you an idea of the massiveness of this canyon. There are times when a rainstorm, on a mountainside far away, will bring all the water down through these narrow canyons, and if you are in these narrow canyons, you could get caught up in a very dangerous downstream flood, that has taken many lives. These canyon hikes are to be taken with great caution.
Part of really enjoying Zions National Park is getting out and taking hikes to see the magnificence of these mountains. Can you think of what you would say if you stood below these magnificent peaks?
The main entrance into the park on a typical day during the summer is incredibly busy. It can take hours some days to get around the park to see things in your car. The recommendation, they say, is to park your car outside the park, and take the shuttle. It will get you where you want to go, no waiting, and get you back to the car at the end of the day, with no hassle.
THAT’S A TRAIL?
HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS PICTORIAL OF ZIONS NATIONAL PARK. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS OF THIS MAGNIFICENT PARK, PLEASE GO TO THEIR WEBSITE AT: https://www.facebook.com/zionnps/
* All photos courtesy of Zions National Park
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