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Zion Canyon National Park

     Zion Canyon is the product of erosion by the Virgin River, a tributary of the Colorado River, over eons of time. The cliffs of the canyon vary in height, reaching several thousand feet in places. The width of the canyon also varies, from several miles down to only several tens of feet (the Narrows). We visited Zion Canyon in May 2004, after the main spring run-off had occurred but while the weather was still relatively cool, water was plentiful, and the wildflowers were at their peak. 

Geology: See this page for a brief description of this area of the country.

    Click on any of the thumbnails or its title to see the full size image.

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Geologic Layers Virgin River Valley River Exiting the Narrows
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Spires of Camelot Walls of Zion Canyon Zion Meadows
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Stone Jigsaw Puzzle Golden Columbine Abstract Palette
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Robbie the mule Zion Shooting Star A River Runs Through It
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Waterfall at Emerald Pools Prince's Plume Cardinal Monkey Flower
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Globemallow Eastern Exit Wildflowers Yucca Bloom
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Rock Formations, East Exit Ground Squirrel

 

 

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