Monday, September 28, 2009
Zion Canyon is millions of years old. Zion NP is 100 years old in 2009. Within the park is 229 sq miles of dramatic landscape, sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. Zion is located in southern Utah at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert provinces. The photos do not do the landscape justice...the large rock formation worn away by water, wind and volcanic action look like giant cathedrals against the blue sky. At the base of the formations winds the Virgin River, which gives life to the otherwise dry terrain.
Along the road open to auto traffic there are several tunnels...one of which is over a mile long. It was built in the late 1920s when vehicles were much smaller. If you are traveling through this area in an RV be aware there are length & height restrictions & at best you will have to be escorted through the narrow tunnel.
Zion Canyon, first know to the native Southern Paiute people as Mukuntuweap, was settled by pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1860s. The photos were taken around the Visitors Center. There is a free shuttle system with propane powered double connected busses for the 90 minute park tour. There is also one road on which auto traffic is still allowed.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Island in the Sky sets atop a massive 1500 foot mesa. From the parks viewpoints you can see nearly 100 miles in any direction, resulting in panoramic views that encompass thousands of square miles of canyon country.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Water & ice, extreme temperatures and undergound salt movement are responsible for the sculptured rock scenery in Arches NP. The park lies atop an underground salt bed that is responsible for the arches, sprires, balanced rocks, sandstone fins and eroded monoliths.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
These big boys have been entertaining the campers for the last couple of weeks. Also, have sighted a mother moose with her baby and a bull Elk with several females and their young....Also, the Elk bugling has begun. Everyone thinks winter is going to be coming early to Rocky Mountain National Park area.
Woody, Ted's Birthday gift, is now joining the Rocky Top Ramblers on their journey. He decided to join the party during the kids visit to Grand Lake. Had a nice meal with Vahe, Elk Creek Campground owner, and the Denver group, Colby, Joe, and Kari.