Zion National Park in Utah

Kolob Canyon in northwest part of Zion National Park. Kolob Canyon is a separate canyon on northwest side of
Zion National Park. More detail information and more photos are on my Travelogue web page at:

群峰競秀, 空谷幽長, 人間仙境的奇景, 是大自然愛好者必到的國

Canyon Overlook (峽谷遠眺):

Breathtaking view of lower Zion Canyon from Canyon Overlook in Zion National Park in Utah. The majestic
view includes the famous twists and turns of the Zion Switchbacks seen at the bottom of this picture, the
Beehives, West Temple, East Temple, Sundial, Altar of Sacrifice, Towers of the Virgin, hoodoos and the
Streaked Wall.  An eye catcher is the large crown of rounded sandstone. This tuft of temple cap is the white
turbines of the Beehives. Zion monoliths are displayed in hues of red and white, crowded around the stark
white Beehives.

Another very impressive picture from Canyon Overlook can be seen at:


360-degree panoramic views from this Canyon Overlook can be seen at:

Kolob Terrace in Zion National Park. From Virgin on Highway 9, take Kolob Terrace Road to go north to tour the
Kolob Terrace region of Zion National Park.
Kolob Terrace in Zion National Park
老林在 Zion 國家公園的觀景台上留影, 一覽山谷壯麗美景,群峰環列,一覽無遺,静静
欣赏 群山競高之美, 精彩景觀, 絕佳的拍照點。

A picture of me (Sing Lin) at Canyon Overlook for breathtaking views of lower Zion Canyon, including Zion's
famous Switchbacks, the Beehives, West Temple, East Temple, Towers of the Virgin and the Streaked Wall in
Zion National Park. It required hiking on half-mile Canyon Overlook Trail and walking above the winding deep
narrow of Pine Creek to reach this fantastic Canyon Overlook on top of the Great Arch. The Trailhead is
located immediately east of the 1.1 mile long famous Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel by the ranger booth (i.e., east
portal of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel ). It begins with charming steps, carved into sandstone, that climb above
the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. The winding trail travels along the deep Pine Creek Canyon, a popular
canyoneering route and the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. In our April 2003 trip, I got on this Canyon Overlook Trail
to enjoy the awesome views from Canyon Overlook.

A more detailed description of this half-mile hiking trail to reach the Canyon Overlook with a trail map and 23
pictures along the trail  is at the following web pages:


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奇峰峻嶺,雄偉的美景, 一直遊人如雲。

Magnificent view at Springdale, the South Entrance to Zion National Park.

In our April 2012 tour of eastern California, Nevada and Utah, we also got on a tour van in Las Vegas to tour
Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah on April 23, 2012. This is my second tour of Zion
National Park. My first tour was in early April 2003. My third tour was on May 22, 2017. Therefore, this web
page includes photos from my three tours in 2003, 2012 and 2017.
橫穿 Zion-Mt. Carmel 山脈的絕壁隧道長廊, 整條絕壁長廊蜿蜒盤旋,忽明忽暗,每隔一
段就會有鑿開的通風洞口,供你觀望洞外的奇特景致, 體會這雄壯奇偉的千仞懸崖絕壁景
觀, 實為天下一絕。

The hole at the lower part of the red rock cliff is one of several windows of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel that
bores through the hard rock inside the red rock cliff.  These windows are called galleries to provide light and
ventilation through the canyon wall to the outside air. Highway 9 (UT-9, Zion-Mt. Camel Scenic Highway) in and
near Zion is beautiful on its own but this special tunnel with several windows on the cliff adds an extra treat! This
tunnel follows the profile of the deep Pine Creek Canyon wall at a consistent distance of 21 feet (6.4 m) from
the outside face of the rock to the centerline of the tunnel. The tunnel followed by the massive Switchbacks
takes visitors from a high plateau on east side down into the lower Zion Canyon on west side surrounded by
awesome views in every direction.

At the bottom of the switchbacks in the lower Zion Canyon, I took a movie scan of the awesome views as shown
in the following YouTube website:


Checkerboard pattern on rock cliff on east side of Zion National park.

The Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel divides Zion National Park with the red colored rock on the west side and
the patterned white slick rock on the east side.
The entrance to Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel in Zion National Park.

Movie clips of going through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel followed by the Switchbacks with fantastic views can be
seen at the following YouTube websites:



More views of the Switchbacks and going through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel can be seen in the following
YouTube website:


Fantastic views while driving on the famous and massive Switchbacks on the Zion-Mt. Camel Scenic Highway in
Zion National Park can be seen at the following YouTube website:


Impressive geological wonders crowd the narrow Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and the switchbacks.
高大險峻的懸崖峭壁和峽谷, 人是走在峽谷底,仰視兩旁的高山插天,一道筆直的絕壁,
抬頭仰望,便可以感受到一股無形中的壓迫, 真正感覺自己來到了這裡。

Zion National Park is majestic and very vertical. You are surrounded by magnificent towering scenery.

Map: Click here for a detailed map of Zion National Park

Map: Click here for an interactive Google Map showing location of Zion National Park
More slick rocks on east side of Zion National Park.
Another view of the Great Arch from a different position on the Switchbacks.

Fantastic views along scenic Highway 9 in and near Zion National Park.
On April 23, 2012, we toured Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park on the same day. My photos
and stories on Bryce Canyon National Park are at the following web page:

Map Source: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/upload/Zion-Park-Map-Website.pdf

This enlarged detailed map of Zion National Park shows the extent of the massive switchbacks on the Zion-Mt.
Camel Scenic Highway (i.e. Highway 9).

The switchbacks can also be seen clearly on the following impressive photos from the Canyon Overlook above
the Great Arch:

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出了公園在九號公路旁的牧場, 遠遠看到許多美洲野牛

Many bison (also known as the American buffalo) visible from Highway 9 at Zion Mountain Ranch. It is located
at 9065 West Highway 9, Mt Carmel, UT 84755 (junction of Highway 9 & Poverty Road) and is about 4 miles
east of East Entrance of Zion National Park.
Zoom in for a closer view of the bison at Zion Mountain Ranch.
The arch-shaped overhang on the orange east wall of Pine Creek Canyon. Canyon Overlook stands directly
above this formation, known as The Great Arch. The picture of me with the steel guard rail on the Canyon
Overlook shown above is above this Great Arch.

Two pictures of the charming steps, carved into sandstone, at the Trailhead of Canyon Overlook Trail can be
seen on this website:


The Trailhead is on the north side of the road (Highway 9) near the ranger booth (i.e., east portal of the
Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel) immediately east of the 1.1 mile long famous Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. There is a
small parking lot here.

Zoom in for closer views of one of the windows of Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel on the wall of canyon, 800 feet
above the floor.
One of several big horn sheep in Zion National Park.
Another big horn sheep on slick rock.
Several big horn sheep on slick rocks.

Checkerboard Mesa: a pull off parking lot here for visitors to enjoy classic view of weathered sandstone beds
crosshatched with vertical and horizontal lines.
宏偉而色彩豐富的砂岩懸崖隨處可見, 帶著幾許的神秘氣氛。
一片由自然構成的絕美畫廊, 有了仙境神山的感覺。
大自然奇景,高聳壯觀和頭頂的湛藍天空,有它獨到的美, 帶著些許的禪意。


Some sample attractions in Zion National Park for people who enjoy challenging and strenuous hiking are:

The Angels Landing Trail (
天使降臨 的絕險)is one of the most famous and thrilling hikes in Zion national
park. Zion's pride and joy runs along a narrow rock fin with dizzying drop-offs on both sides. The trail
culminates at a lofty perch,
boasting magnificent views in every direction. Photos of Angels Landing can be seen at:




Photo and story of Crawford Arch located high on a cliff wall of Bridge Mountain in Zion National Park can be
seen at:


Photo and story of Kolob Arch, the second longest natural arch in the world, located deep in the backcountry
of Zion National Park can be seen at:



May be part of the Grand Staircase visible when we were driving east away from Zion National Park.

Zion National Park in southern Utah is 163 miles northeast of Las Vegas in Nevada
Zion Canyon Visitor Center near South Entrance at:
1101 Zion – Mount Carmel Hwy (i.e., Hwy 9), Springdale, UT 84767
at Junction of Zion Park Blvd (i.e., Hwy 9) & Sundance Ln, Springdale, UT 84676
Phone: (435) 429-1555

East Entrance
UT-9, Orderville, UT 84758

West Entrance:
3752 E Kolob Canyon Rd, New Harmony, UT 84757
The West Entrance is for Kolob Canyons in northwestern part of Zion National Park. The Directions are at the
end of on my web page of Kolob Canyon at:

On our return trip, we saw this female antelope (羚羊, also known as Pronghorn) on the roadside. After we
finished touring Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, we drove on Highway 14 in Utah from
Long Valley Junction (Junction of Highways 89 and 14) to Cedar City to reach Interstate Highway I-15 to go to
Las Vegas. We saw this antelope while we were driving on Highway 14. This Highway 14 climbs the Cedar
Mountain up to 11,000 ft. in elevation and there were still some snow on roadside on May 24, 2017 at such
elevation.  This area is the topmost rise of the geological Grand Staircase that starts from the bottom of the
Grand Canyon.
這裡海拔 10,000 英尺,要比山腳下足足要晚一個節氣,五月底春意正濃,細長的白楊

On May 24, 2017 tiny fresh green leaves were just budding out on these slender white barked aspen trees
along Highway 14 at high elevation of 10,000 ft' or more.

In autumn season, these aspen trees produce brilliant displays of yellow as shown on the following website:




Traveling Highway 14 in the fall is breathtaking when the red and yellow hues demand deserved attention.
Colors glow in the forest, from the pinkish, red rock of Red Canyon to the vegetation rich land on the mountain
登高遠望,地勢起伏跌宕,林木蔥蘢翠綠, 這里風景絕佳,天地間透著靈氣。

Panoramic view from Zion Overlook (or Cedar Canyon Overlook) at the summit of Highway 14. Zion National
Park is about 40 miles south in the middle of this panoramic view.
遠眺錫安國家公園,Cedar Mountain 與 錫安國家公園 遙遙相望。

Zoom in for a closer view of Zion National Park from Zion Overlook at the summit of Highway 14 on
Cedar Mountain. (My compact super-zoom camera has 65X optical zoom.)
山勢巍峨,仿若刀劈斧削般巍巍屹立, 千尺懸崖,令人望而生畏。

Part of the massive Switchbacks on the Zion-Mt. Camel Scenic Highway (i.e. Highway 9) as viewed
down from the Canyon Overlook. No journey to Zion is complete without experiencing the thrill of the
massive Switchbacks, of the tunnel and of the Canyon Overlook!