Utah is know for its striking scenery, but Zion stands above the rest. With breathtaking waterfalls, towering cliffs, narrow canyons and numerous water features, it is hard to image a place more beautiful.
Because Emerald Pools are so easy to get to, they are often overlooked as one of Zion’s best features. But, frankly, they are hard to beat. They get their name from the emerald green algae that colors the water. The three pools, Upper, Middle, and Lower begin with a 110-foot Emerald Pool waterfall filling the lowest pool. It only goes up from there.
Mystery Falls is accessible to almost everyone in an easy hike up the Narrows.
The beautiful Parunuweap canyon has thousand foot cliffs and waterfalls that can be seen from the rim over the falls.
At Cave Canyon waterfalls spill over series of drops before resting in the pool below.
The right fork of North Creek is a tough hike that requires bouldering, some rope work, scrambling, and numerous water obstacles. But for those up for the challenge, the pools, waterfalls, springs, and seeps are a well-deserved treat at the end of a long day.
The Three Patriarchs dominate the valley and are visible from almost everywhere.
Turn in a circle at the administration building and you will find the Towers of the Virgin, The Sentinel at the northernmost peak and The Alter of Sacrifice with red iron oxide streaking down its face.
Temple of Sinawava is the entry point for Riverside Walk. Look for a rock that looks like a minister’s pulpit called, appropriately, The Pulpit.
The Spearhead is a stone promontory is part of the lower section of Mount Majestic, located just north of Emerald Pools.
Checkerboard Mesa is a worn mountain covered with cross-hatching that makes it resemble a checkerboard that lies along the Zion Mt. Carmel Highway.
Some say Angel’s Landing produces sounds like a pipe organ when the wind passes through it.
The large, white mountain on the east side of the canyon is the Great White Throne.
Don’t forget to visit some of southern Utah’s other great geological sites: Bryce Canyon, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Natural Bridges, Monument Valley, and the Grand Canyon.
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