Photographer's Note

Zion's narrow and tall fin monolith Angel's Landing was named in 1916 by explorer Frederick Fisher who looked up at the giant monolith and exclaimed: "Only an angel could land on it".

Today visitors (without vertigo) may saunter up Angel's Landing precarious steep trail. The trail starts in Zion Canyon near the Grotto Picnic area.
The first two miles are a steady 2 mile uphill trek, then the last half mile is along a narrow sandstone isthmus with sheer cliffs on both sides. The narrow and arduous trail drops 1,200 feet on one side and 800 feet on the other. The views from the top of the peak are fantastic - the Great White Throne appears to be touchable, northeast across the canyon is Observation Point, and to the east is Cable Mountain.

On my last Zion visit, I was sauntering up the Angel's Landing Trail slowly but surely, until I started the section of the path carved into the cliff side, with a width of less than one meter. I could not go any farther, figuring I would fall to my death and either meet the angels or the other possibility?

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