Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Virgin River in Zion National Park

This is a view looking south down the Virgin River in Zion National Park. Later in the day, the clouds rolled in and it looked like rain, but except for a few sprinkles here in the Canyon, we escaped rain and ended up with nothing but wind. The vast scale of the Park belies its over-crowded nature. Nearly all of the tourists to the National Park end up along one main road. Some time ago, the Park instituted a shuttle system and closed most of the Park to private vehicles. This has probably saved the Park from gridlock. The one major highway that crosses the park is one huge traffic jam during the busy summer season. Interestingly, all of these visitors may detract from the "wilderness" aspect of the Canyon, but all you have to do is step off the main trails into the back country and you are instantly transported away from the hustle and bustle of civilization.

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