This is a view from Zion National Park's East Rim Trail. The trail starts 150 yards west of the Park's East Entrance, and covers a total distance of 10 miles. At the end of the trail catch the public Zion Canyon Shuttle bus back to your parked car. The average hiking time is 6 hours.
The East Rim Trail is perhaps the "biggest bang for your bucks" and most scenic in all of Zion. The hike begins with a backdoor view of Checkerboard Mesa as the trail follows Clear Creek, gently climbing through juniper and pine forests. On top of the Mesa is a spectacular view of Echo Canyon a photogenic slot canyon. Three major areas are accessed next - Jolly Gulch, Steve Spring, and Echo Canyon. Then the trail descends into Zion Canyon with all its major landmarks, the path is narrow and rock lined, winding around Nature's towering temples showing off the incomparable maginificence of Zion's geology - crossbedded sandstone cliffs, windswept slickrock slabs, fossilized sand dunes, and giant monoliths everywhere.
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Noel_Byrne (31666) 2014-04-11 13:25
The shadows have made this a wonderful image, creating a perfectly dark inversion of the towering mountain. perfect central composition for this view as it rises from dark blackness to vivid blue up higher. Great moment, thanks as always
federico (3961) 2014-04-11 15:35
hi ray very well composed picture, perfect balance of light and shadow, with the tree silohuette giving a great touch, wonderfull enviroment too
jhm (154548) 2014-04-12 6:56
You chose a very well angle, and a nice point of view with the mountain in bacground.
Excellent captured, nice presentation too.
Good contrast picture too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Silvio1953 (145605) 2014-04-12 7:09
Ciao Ray, fantastic landscape, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
saxo042 (37898) 2014-04-12 7:31
The shadows here provide a good balance for the impressive peak. Good colours and a beautiful view.
nikkitta (17066) 2014-04-12 9:06
One of the best captures of the park, like the triangular frame given by the very blacks shadows contrasting like a mirror with the rock mountain at the back
fabianoleite (11763) 2014-04-17 7:44
Really an amazing view, with the size and dimension of the mountain well highlighted. The shadows here play an essential role, drawing lines which form a great composition. Good work, congratulations!