During the summer of 2001, Rachelle and I took a vacation to visit National Parks and Monuments in Utah and Arizona. The first park we visited was Bryce Canyon National Park.
The second stop on our vacation was Zion National Park. After visiting the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, we boarded a tram to take the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Our first stop was the Court of the Patriarchs Viewpoint, which provides an excellent site to see the three mountains named for the Old Testament patriarchs, Abraham, Issac and Jacob.
Next we stoped at the Zion Lodge where we decided to take a hike. We hiked the Middle Emerald Pool Trail up and the lower Emerald Pool Trail back to the lodge.
After visiting the Middle Emerald Pool, we continued our hike on the Lower Emerald Pool Trail.
At Weeping Rock there is a short hike to a shallow cave. A cascade of water falls along the edge of the cave. This water is trapped between two layers of rock in the canyon walls. Gravity pulls the upper layer of rock down against the lower layer, squeezing the water out of cracks and fissures in the canyon wall.
After Weeping Rock we went to the end of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, the Temple of Sinawava.
Next, we returned to our car and drove along the Zion–Mount Carmel Highway. A portion of the highway passes through a 1.1-mile long tunnel that was built in the 1920s. Alongside this road are some of the tallest sandstone cliffs in the world.
We ended our day at Zion by stopping at the park entrance.