ART Vegas>Grand Canyon>Zion>Bryce Road Trip

ericande

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Feb 9, 2007
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My wife and I are trying to see all the National Parks and took a little trip to see 3 more last week. The trip was a blast but we were hiking 10 miles a day or so which kinda zapped my energy for taking photos. Still happy with some of them but the biggest disappointment was that it was a new moon so I couldn't do some of the night shots I had hoped for at the Grand Canyon.


1) Grand Canyon - I was surprised that there is such a defined edge to the canyon. You drive along a completely flat road and then boom, it's just there.
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2) We started hiking Bright Angel trail which was great because after just 100' you leave the fat tourists behind and it feels much more serene.
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3) This is 3-mile rest stop. In the distance you can see where the trail continues on the plateau past Indian Garden and it eventually will reach Phantom Ranch which sounds like an awesome place to spend a night or two.
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4) Since the canyon is so deep you can't usually see much of the Colorado below but we got a glimpse of it here.
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5) From GC we drove to Zion which is amazing. This was from a short hike that ended at an amazing viewpoint on a cliff a few hundred feet above the valley.
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6) We did a hike called Angel's Landing which may be the coolest hike I've done. It starts out somewhat steep but on a smooth trail.
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7) But the last 1/2 mile is more like this. Not a great hike if you're scared of heights.
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8) The top is the peak in front of us up a narrow ridge.
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9) There are chains to hold on to if you need it where the dropoffs are.
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10) It's about 1300' down from here
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11) The setting for Zion Lodge is unbelievable
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12) The next hike was The Narrows, the majority of the hike is actually through the river.
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13) Crappy photo but I wanted to show how deep it got
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14) Still in The Narrows
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15) Last hike in Zion up to Emerald Pools
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16) Upper Emerald Pool. During the fall and winter these stay full from aquifers that leach out of the cliffs above.
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17) Bryce Canyon is a bizarre looking place. Famous for it's towering hoodoos that Native Americans thought that a coyote took the souls of evil people and trapped them for eternity here when they died.
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18) Hiking through the narrow canyons between the hoodoos
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19) Sunset
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20) Sunrise
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14 National Parks down, 44 to go.
 
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ericande

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Feb 9, 2007
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That first photo was all you needed to post. :eek3:

I haven't been down to Zion in 10 years, and this thread makes me want to go down for a few days. Awesome Pictures!

1st sex is pic!

I mean, yeah.

Thanks guys

first photo is awesome, but pelfed

It was more distorted than pelfed but fixed

whoa

Can you please give some info for someone who will be going there for first time?

Sure, which place?

Awesome! Just went down to Zion/Bryce in April! So gorgeous!

Did you get any snow in Bryce? Bryce looks like it would be fun in winter
 

Marix

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May 23, 2006
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Wow, great pics! :bigthumb:

The walk looks a lot of fun! Went I went to Grand Canyon we did the lazy thing.. coach, helicopter, boat etc :hs:
 

Marix

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May 23, 2006
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Oh, and btw the reason grand canyon is so famous.. it's for those steep edges!

It's not the biggest, deepest or longest, but it IS one of the most dramatic. I just got back from Peru where the Colca Canyon is far larger and far deeper, but the edges slope down gradually. The grand canyon has those sudden drops and edges which make it looks visually incredible :cool:
 

gtcrispy

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Jul 28, 2002
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WA
#1 is amazing and the rest are great too. #1 made me want to revisit some of my pics from a few years ago.
 

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