May 14, 2011 – Hiking Little Cottonwood Canyon – photos
- Orange cup mushrooms – the mountains are full of them at this time.
Capitol Reef Area Trip, October 2010
April 19, 2009 – First hike of the spring
HIKE 1: 5 mile recreation area West Desert area
We tried to overlook the hundreds of people on dirt bikes and ATV’s and still had a beautiful hike:
HIKE 2: Little Cottonwood Canyon
Southern Utah Camping – March 25 – 27, 2008: Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
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We arrived in Zion National Park Tuesday, March 25th and stayed one night. The Park is spectacular with its cliffs.
This photo was taken as we entered the Park.
The Park does not permit cars to travel to the top of the canyon anymore. In 2000, the National Park Service implemented a shuttle which takes tourists throughout the canyon and makes 7 stops. Since shuttles run every 6-8 minutes throughout the day and evening, you can get out and take photos and hike for as long as you want. We took the shuttle to the end of the line, at “Temple of Sinawava“, where the Virgin River narrows – called “The Narrows”. At this point the river becomes the trail and you can wade through the narrows. We had our water shoes with us and had planned to wade a little, but it was late in the day so we decided against it. The following photos are what we took in this canyon:
To get out of the Park on the East Side, you must go through the tunnel in the mountain, which is a little over a mile long. Learn more about the history of the tunnel here.
Once through the tunnel, you can park and walk up a half mile trail to the canyon overlook.
We packed up our camp on March 27th and continued traveling the Cottonwood Canyon road until we reached Cannonville, Utah where the pavement began again. Along the way we saw spectacular scenery and rock formations.
Nearly to the end of Cottonwood Canyon Road, about a mile off the road, is the Grosvenor Arch, a natural double arch.
As we left the National Monument, we continued to enjoy the beauty of Utah’s deserts.