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In pictures: Red, white and green in Zion National Park

After the sandy yellows and oranges of Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park was a whole different colour palette. Here we had the red of the rocks and the bright greens of the trees, backed with misty white skies. Even the park roads were paved in red so they blend in with the landscape. Not that you’ll want to spend too long on the roads. Zion is famous for its hiking trails – like the 16-mile Narrows hike where you wade through a riverbed canyon or the precariously perched path up the rockface to Angels Landing. There are plenty of less extreme options too, like a riverside walk or the paths through the forest to the Emerald Pools. As opposed to Bryce Canyon where you’re looking down, here you’re on the floor of the canyon with the rocks towering above you, with those reds and greens starting to glow as the clouds broke up.

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park is in southern Utah, near the town of Springdale. Entry costs $25 per car (or $12 on foot/bike) and is valid for a week, or it’s free with a National Parks Pass. There’s a shuttle service around the park every 15 minutes from 7am to 10.15pm which is compulsory from 24 March to 3 November. Parking is limited inside the park but you can also catch the shuttle from Springdale.

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  1. I really wouldn’t have taken up much space in your rucksack, Lucy! Beautiful scenes. 🙂

    June 13, 2013
    • Next time I’ll squeeze you in Jo! Loved the US National Parks so already planning the next ones I’d like to see – got a long list already.

      June 13, 2013
    • I’ll start slimming now! 🙂

      June 13, 2013
  2. Absolutely gorgeous Lucy! You’ve got me brainstorming how I can make it there this summer…

    June 13, 2013
    • Hope you get to make it – loved that there was so much to see in this region without travelling too far, though I could’ve easily spent a few days in each park if I had the time.

      June 13, 2013
  3. swedenole13 #

    You have described Bryce and Zion so well. Really good photos of both as well. Loved them both and hope to return to this area again one day! Arches is lovely too in a different way! Enjoy, and great posts Lucy!

    June 14, 2013
    • Thank you – loved photographing this region, such stunning scenery. Still have some posts from Arches and Canyonlands to come once I finally finish going through all my photos!

      June 14, 2013
    • swedenole13 #

      I look forward to seeing them! Good times!

      June 14, 2013
  4. Nice to see it looking so beautiful. When we were there it rained the whole time!

    June 14, 2013
    • It started off pretty misty so did think we might not see anything for a while but luckily the sun made an appearance later!

      June 14, 2013
  5. I can’t decide which I like better: those gorgeous colors, or the black and white. All are stunning.

    June 14, 2013
    • I’m on a bit of a roll with the black and whites at the moment after getting some new software (Silver Efex Pro) which does really good conversions – always a good cheat if the skies aren’t so good too!

      June 14, 2013
  6. Wonderful shots – just adding to my wanderlust…. 🙂

    June 14, 2013
    • It’s such a picturesque region, I was totally spoilt!

      June 18, 2013
  7. You have been to two of my favorite places. Zion is almost mystical to me. There were fires in the higher areas when we were there (in July 2007) so some of the hiking trails were closed. Thanks for the re-visit!

    June 14, 2013
    • Glad to bring back some good memories, I didn’t get chance to do much hiking on this trip but have seen some amazing photos of the longer hikes.

      June 18, 2013
  8. I love Zion! It’s impossible not to take beautiful photos.

    June 16, 2013
    • It is – even without the best weather the scenery was fantastic.

      June 18, 2013
  9. Now I feel like I have to go there. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.

    June 18, 2013
    • Thanks Gerard, hope you do get to make the trip out there sometime.

      June 21, 2013
  10. missarielbody #

    I have so much love for Zion! I did a bit of climbing when we were there last, and there’s nothing quite like that to really get a sense of how enormous and stunning the place is! Hopefully you’ll have more time to hike next time as well! Beautiful photos!

    June 19, 2013
    • I bet it’s an amazing place for a climber! My visit was a little bit more sedate but did give a good taster and a wish list of hikes to do next time.

      June 21, 2013
  11. I did a 3 week road trip around southwestern USA in April, much like yourself. I really wanted to go to Zion on one of our Las Vegas days but we weren’t able to make it. Gutted! It just means I’ll have to go back on a southwestern National Parks tour – Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon South Rim (we did the West Rim) etc…

    July 13, 2013

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