Hiking in Zion

Zion National Park Travel Blog

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Danny wakes up to find he was rained on during the night
Zion is absolutely breath-takingly beautiful in the morning after it rains.  Our campsite was in a valley of sorts, nestled between two cliff faces.  The night before, as we all sat around the campfire enjoying the mild weather, the majority of the class decided to forego pitching tents and instead simply laid their sleeping bags out on the ground to sleep under the stars.  Lindsay and I decided against this option, rather wisely.  We were awakened at roughly 2am by a torrential downpour...and the screams of our startled classmates.  We smiled to ourselves and rolled over to go back to sleep...in our dry sleeping bags.

That morning, Matt the TA explained how the Colorado River (which he dubbed "The Badass") uplifted and created much of the valleys we would be seeing over the weekend.  We also learned about stratigraphy and the seven major sediments present in Zion, but I'll refrain from putting those down here.

We spent the morning hiking up to Observation Point, through a beautiful little canyon.  Many of us wanted to take the zip line from Angel's Landing, but Matt veto'ed our idea and said we had to get going if we were going to make the north rim of the Grand Canyon by nightfall.

On the way out of the park, we passed the Great Arch (a "blind arch," for those who care about geology at all), a 600-foot long natural arch that was created by stones sloughing off of the bottom due to an inability to support its weight.
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Danny wakes up to find he was rain…
Danny wakes up to find he was rai…
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Danny and Dave discuss more about…
View from our campsite
View from our campsite
Hiking to Observation Point
Hiking to Observation Point
Hking to Observation Point
Hking to Observation Point
Hiking to Observation Point
Hiking to Observation Point
Hiking to Observation Point
Hiking to Observation Point
Hiking to Observation Point
Hiking to Observation Point
Hiking to Observation Point
Hiking to Observation Point
Becky, Danny and Yasean, in a cany…
Becky, Danny and Yasean, in a can…
Hiking to Observation Point
Hiking to Observation Point
Looking down at all the switchback…
Looking down at all the switchbac…
The class at Observation Point
The class at Observation Point
View from Observation Point
View from Observation Point
Zion National Park
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