I first visited Zion National Park in 1973 while on a cross country motorcycle trip with my dad and one of my brothers. I was blown away by the rock formations, the colors and the size of the mountains. It is a cherished memory of mine. One formation that stood out in my memory was called Checkerboard Mountain. I looked forward to seeing it again.
Marti and I set out in our car this morning to tour the park. There would be no hikes on the many trails for us because of my back acting up from an old injury from my Coast Guard days that has been getting worse. That didn't hold us back from seeing the wonders via our car, the road through the park has many easy off, easy on pull offs. I just wish my camera would capture the wonders exactly as seen by eye.
The park provides shuttles, or you can drive your car, we even saw many motorhomes rolling on the roads. The entry cost is steep, $30 per car, less if you bike or walk in. I'm lucky, we entered for free because I have a service connected disability card. I'm glad to have it, the bad back, not so much. ;c)
I'll let the pictures tell the story. I waded through a couple hundred I took to pull these few out, hopefully to give the flavor of this amazing park.
There is a mile long tunnel build by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) is cut through a mountain. Along the side of a mountain are openings to provide natural light to the tunnel.
Finally, the long awaited Checkerboard Mountain came into view, just as I remembered it.
The one word that comes to mind visiting Zion is: Magnificent!
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