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Zion National Park — Photo Collection
Zion National Park, established in 1919 in Utah’s south-west corner, is that states most visited national park with about 2.5 million yearly visitors.
The Virgin River runs through Zion Canyon surrounded by steep cliffs, rock towers, sandstone canyons and other dramatic landscapes. The park covers 229 square miles at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces.
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is open to free shuttle buses only spring through fall. There are a number of named rock formations lining the canyon. I’ve included pictures of several below. Many hiking trails are scattered throughout the park. Photos from the Emerald Pools Trails and the Canyon Overlook Trail are here also.
Highway 9 becomes the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway as it passes through the park. It features a just over 1 mile long tunnel following the profile of Pine Creek Canyon 21 feet from the outside face of the rock. Galleries provide light, ventilation and views along the way. Larger vehicles require permits to enter the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel and traffic is restricted to a single lane when they are present.
Zion National Park
Court of the Patriarchs rock formations view from across the canyon.
Rock formations at Big Bend in Zion Canyon.
Rock Climbing at Big Bend in Zion National Park.
Free shuttle end of the line at Temple of Sinawava.
Looking south from the Lower Emerald Pool Trail which begins at the footbridge across the Virgin River.
Zion Canyon and Virgin River, looking north from Lower Emerald Pool Trail.
A waterfall (summer flow) along the Emeral Pools Trail in Zion National Park.
The Middle Emerald Pool.
Upper Emerald Pool, Zion National Park.
Switchbacks on the road to the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel view from end of Canyon Overlook Trail.
Rock formations on the Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion National Park.