Photographer's Note

"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."
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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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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
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