Zion Mountain Ranch chickens
The kids enjoyed the farm animals at Zion Mountain Ranch, outside Zion NP.
Morning at Zion Mountain Ranch
"Elvis" the rooster greets the morning at Zion Mountain Ranch, beside the outdoor dining area.
Zion Canyon and Virgin River
An upstream view of Zion Canyon and the Virgin River, from the trail to Angels Landing, Zion NP.
Hiking to Angel's Landing
The switchbacks of the trail to Angels Landing are cut into the cliffside; you can see hikers making their way up. (Zion NP)
The trail to Angels Landing cuts back and forth along the cliffside, and parts are actually paved. Zion NP.
Andy ascends the trail to Angels Landing, Zion NP.
Andy views Zion Canyon
Andy leans on the railing overlooking Zion Canyon, along the trail to Angels Landing, Zion NP.
John and Mara on Walter's Wiggles
John and Mara climb "Walter's Wiggles", a tight series of paved switchbacks alomg the trail to Angels Landing, Zion NP.
View up Refrigerator Canyon above the trail to Angels Landing, Zion NP.
Near Angel's Landing
At our high point, close to Angels Landing, Zion NP.
Approaching Angel's Landing
Andy holds tight to the chain as we get close to Angels Landing, Zion NP.
View of Angel's Landing
A view of the final approach to Angels Landing, which towers at left center. Note the knife-edge trail and thousand-foot drop. Zion NP.
Zion Canyon and Angel's Landing
With Angels Landing to the left, we can see down along Zion Canyon..
Andy and John in Refrigerator Canyon
Andy and John stroll through Refrigerator Canyon on our way back from Angel's Landing, Zion NP.
Andy, John, and Mara fool around in Refrigerator Canyon, Zion NP.
Andy and John find a hole in Refrigerator Canyon, Zion NP.
John and Andy finish Angel's Landing hike
John carries Andy along the trail from Angels Landing, Zion NP.
Deer at Zion NP lodge
A pushy deer begging at the Zion Lodge, Zion NP.
A view of Zion Canyon; at center, note people on the trail to Emerald Pools.
Wildflowers near Emerald Pools
Wildflowers near Emerald Pools, Zion NP.
Cascades above Emerald Pools
Water cascades from high above into Lower Emerald Pool -- note people at lower right. Zion NP.
Middle Emerald Pool
Middle Emerald Pool, Zion NP
Cliffs above Emerald Pools
Cliffs above Emerald Pools, Zion NP.
Virgin River, Zion Canyon
Mara stands on the shore of the Virgin River near Emerald Pools trailhead, Zion NP.
Checkerboard Mesa, Zion
Checkerboard Mesa at first light, eastern Zion NP.
Sunrise in Zion
Sunrise near Checkerboard Mesa, Zion NP.
Bighorn sheep, Zion
Bighorn sheep along the East road into Zion National Park.
Riverside Walk, Zion
Along Riverside Walk, from trailhead to the Narrows, Zion NP.
Entrance to The Narrows, Zion
A group chooses walking sticks at the entrance to the Narrows, Zion NP.
The Narrows, Zion
A group explores the Narrows at Zion NP.
A group navigates the Narrows at Zion NP.
A spring cascades into the river in Narrows at Zion NP.
The Narrows at Zion NP.
It's often necessary to wade across the Virgin River when hiking the Narrows at Zion NP.
I'm glad I explored the Narrows first thing in the morning; on the way out there were hundreds of people coming in.