"The Watchman Trail is a Zion classic. The dirt path is a moderate two mile hike with a mild 456 ascent that travels along the foothills beneath massive Bridge Mountain and ends at a bench near the base of the Watchman spire. Most of this trail is in full sun and through a hot desert environment, dotted with prickly pear cactus and a few other less common cacti. Therefore a mid-day summer saunter is not advised. Many Zion National Park landmarks are visible along this saunter including: Beehives, Towers of the Virgins, West Temple and the Altar of Sacrifice. The end of the trail stops at a view point of the Watchman, a red spire rising to an elevation of 6,545 feet."
--- reference: www.zionnational-park.com
Zion's federal campground is located near the trail and makes for a fine base-camp, also for the shuttle bus system into Zion Canyon.
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cargus (8018) 2014-02-25 8:32
Beautiful landscape, beautiful colors, well framed and rendered, image well done.!
emilbo (22256) 2014-02-25 10:29
Un paysage de toute beauté avec une belle végétation et de superbes montagnes. Les couleurs automnales sont tout à fait merveilleuses et j'aime bien aussi la rivière qu'on aperçois sous les branches.
ktanska (23910) 2014-02-25 10:33
Autumn coloured leaves glowing on backlight is one of my favorite themes. And on this one you show them on magnificient mountain landscape. Good framing with the tree trunk on the right edge.
tenretin (2203) 2014-02-25 11:03
You made a perfect shot there. It is very well composed and balanced colors are more natural. Pleasant thing the picture is very sharp and full of details.
The rating is interesting.
elenimavrandoni (14197) 2014-02-25 19:57
Ray, what I remember most of Zion is the spectacular color changing in fall..a very beautiful natural spot worth visiting and enjoying wild life and impressive mountain range!!thanks so much for visiting me and for all very polite comments!
warm regards and wishes!!
saxo042 (36674) 2014-02-26 8:02
The blue sky and the blue river provide a beautiful balance in this picture. A very pleasant landscape view with attractive autumnal colours around the blue parts.
eldancer1 (24711) 2014-02-26 14:08
Those tree were bare when I went through Zion, I like this scene better. Love the fall colors. Good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
Wahclellaspirit (3961) 2014-02-26 15:19
If it was not for water what would this terrain appear like? Red and brown, no trees, and no life with which to associate being on the planet Earth.
tyro (18248) 2014-03-08 8:42
You have written an interesting note and that sounds like a lovely hike - though perhaps, as you suggest, not to be done at the height of the sun in summer.
And this is a fine photograph too, the river leading us gently from the lovely foreground trees toward the huge distant mountains and cliff faces which are perfectly depicted against a glorious sky.
Lovely light and colours, perfect composition and exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
serp2000 (37457) 2014-03-12 11:49
You are very modest trekker, this is your 1000th post here but you did not say about this fact. This is main milestone in every gallery, but I know and appropriate your contribution.
Another excellent photo from Utah. Attractive composition, marvelous palette of the autumn colors!