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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.

Court of the Patriarchs, Zion National Park

 

Rock formations at Big Bend in Zion Canyon.

Big Bend, Zion National Park

 

Rock Climbing at Big Bend in Zion National Park.

Rock Climbers at Big Bend, Zion National Park

 

Free shuttle end of the line at Temple of Sinawava.

Rock formation Temple of Sinawava, Zion NP

 

Looking south from the Lower Emerald Pool Trail which begins at the footbridge across the Virgin River.

View south from Lower Emerald Pools Trail

 

Zion Canyon and Virgin River, looking north from Lower Emerald Pool Trail.

Zion Canyon view from Lower Emerald Pool Trail

 

A waterfall (summer flow) along the Emeral Pools Trail in Zion National Park.

Waterfall, Emerald Pools Trail, Zion NP

 

The Middle Emerald Pool.

Middle Emerald Pool, Zion NP

 

Upper Emerald Pool, Zion National Park.

Upper Emerald Pool, Zion NP

 

Switchbacks on the road to the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel view from end of Canyon Overlook Trail.

Resting at the Canyon Overlook, Zion National Park

 

Rock formations on the Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion National Park.
The Overlook Canyon Trail begins at the west portal of the Zion Tunnel.

Rock formations, Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion NP

 

Unusual sandstone formations on the Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion NP.

Zion National Park, Canyon Overlook Trail

 

A section of the Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion NP passes below a large rock overhang.

Canyon Overlook Trail overhang

 

Ferns grow where water seeps out of the rocks on the Canyon Overlook Trail.

Ferns growing on the Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion NP

 

One of the tunnel windows is visible in this panoramic view from the Canyon Overlook Trail.

Canyon Overlook panorama, Zion Canyon

 

Here is a telephoto shot of the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel window in the cliff face from the above panorama.

Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel window in cliff face, Zion National Park

 

Looking the other direction from inside the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel.
At the time of its completion in 1930 it was the longest non-urban road tunnel in the U.S.

Looking out a window in the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel, Zion NP

 

A telephoto shot of Zion Canyon from Lava Point Overlook in Utah’s Zion National Park.

Telephoto view of Zion Canyon from Lava Point, Zion National Park

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