Monday, October 20, 2014

A Perfect Camp at Zion

It didn't take me long to learn that the best camping spots in Zion were on the outside of the Watchman B loop and that I needed to make my reservations six months out to get one of those sites. B 27 had been on the books for many months when I finally arrived.  They are big sites to accommodate big rigs,  with my van I can jockey it around to park sideways creating a very private space with my double doors opening to the table and the view of Watchman.  It's just about perfect! I had that shot, but it's lost now so this one will have to do.....

During my visit I did one big hike, Observation Point, one long downtown walk, several shorter hikes, some Christmas shopping,  and many hours just sitting in camp soaking up the mountains. Almost every evening was a gorgeous sunset; several looked like Thomas Moran paintings.

It's pretty hard to snap a good shot of the Temple of Sinawava (at least with my cameras) at the far end of the canyon.  From down river a ways it's almost possible to get the whole thing.

But then there are the iconic Fremont Cottonwood trees framed by a background of the red cliffs to make me happy again.

Saving the Observation Pt pics for another post.

Leaving Zion is always sad; so  leave early and you will get to see the sunrise on the mountains behind the Visitors Center!

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