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New photos added here November 20 and here November 25, 2017 (Click on photos for a larger view)
         
Arches National Park
     
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Park Avenue Balanced Pinnacle The Three Gossips
   
How arches begin Balanced Rock North & South Windows
   
Turret Arch Double Arch Landscape Arch
   
Navajo Arch Skyline Arch Delicate Arch
    
Klondike Bluffs Tower Arch Looking west from inside Tower Arch
  
Tower from inside the arch Broken Arch Daring visitor on Broken Arch
   
Wall Arch, located on a trail a mile or so from the road, collapsed in 2008. Photo at left taken in 2002; photos on right courtesy NPS
  
Dick with daughter Teri at Delicate Arch in 2015 Massive shapes above the wash east of Delicate Arch

A section of the Delicate Arch trail

   
Sand Dune Arch

A close look under Skyline Arch

Rocks that fell from Skyline Arch in 1940

   
 
This area has a dozen small man-made arches The Penguins keep watch just above the visitor center Precarious pile of rock
   
View at the Fiery Furnace The Great Wall Near Courthouse Wash 
   
Courthouse Wash Petrified Sand Dunes Teri and a hardy juniper
   
   
  Tunnel Arch  
   
Sandstone cliffs across the road from the Petrified Dunes
 

A misty, mysterious view of Landscape Arch

 
Sandstone panorama from Devil's Garden Trail
Sandstone panorama from Devil's Garden Trail
 
Tunnel Arch, with a small un-named arch to the left
Tunnel Arch, with a small un-named arch to the left
Looking across from Balanced Rock toward the Windows Section, La Sal Mountains in the background
Looking across from Balanced Rock toward the Windows Section, La Sal Mountains in the background
Sandstone takes on fantastic shapes near Double Arch
Sandstone takes on fantastic shapes near Double Arch
Arches National Park Official Site
       
Canyonlands National Park
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View from Visitor Center Mesa Arch View from White Rim Overlook
  
White Rim and Monument Basin Near Visitor Center; LaSal Mountains in background Shafer Trail
   
Another section of the trail White Rim Road, 1200 feet below the plateau View through Mesa Arch
   

Another small arch in the canyon below Mesa Arch

Cryptobiotic soil along the Mesa Arch trail

The Green River
   
Temporary runoff waterfall in Canyonlands Park Unexpected hail on the road as we drove out of the park
    
The Monitor and the Merrimac - buttes on BLM land on the highway to Canyonlands
The Monitor and the Merrimac - buttes on BLM land on the highway to Canyonlands
Another view of the White Rim and Monument Basin
Another view of the White Rim and Monument Basin
 
Canyonlands National Park Official Site            KC Publications - Interpretive Books about America's National Parks
 
Zion National Park
 
The photos here of Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks were taken on a trip with my daughter Teri in October, 2017. Words cannot describe these amazing places, and even the pictures offer only a pale imitation. All but the last of the Zion photos are in Zion Canyon, where the Virgin River runs from The Narrows to the southern park border at Springdale.

For the written report on this trip, plus many more photos, click here. To jump to the Bryce photos on this page click here.

 
 
This cliff, right across the Virgin River from our campsite, went through a series of changing colors as the sun went down each night
   
View from along the Pa'Rus Trail Contrasting colors and shapes as seen from the Emerald Pools Trail A series of four peaks from the Emerald Pools Trail
   
Cactus reminds us that this is desert country Water falling into the lower Emerald Pool View from just above the lower pool; upper pool is against the cliff in the center
   
Bigtooth maple provided spots of brilliant scarlet throughout the park
   

Looking out from the darkness of the Emerald Pool side canyon

The Virgin River shines in the late afternoon sun Cliffs near Zion Lodge
   

Juniper along the final section of the Emerald Pools Loop Trail

Hanging gardens along the Riverside Walk We saw at least a half dozen different flower species
   
Cliffs above the Sand Bench Loop In the Court of the Patriarchs Ponderosa pine and bigtooth maple offer contrast along Highway 9
   
Teri steps into the Virgin River to hike the Narrows No place to walk but in the water
   
Zion National Park Official Site
   
Bryce Canyon National Park
 
The photos here of Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks were taken on a trip with my daughter Teri in October, 2017. Words cannot describe these amazing places, and even the pictures offer only a pale imitation. The Bryce Canyon views are along the rim between Bryce Point and Inspiration Point, and along the Navajo Loop Trail.

For the written report on this trip, plus many more photos, click here. To jump to the Zion  photos on this page click here.

 
You've been warned! Looking down a narrow slot below the rim The "balanced rock" formation at center left is Thor's Hammer
  
Another view of the Hammer Odd shapes along the Navajo Loop Looking up from the loop
  
This would make a good castle Teri at the natural bridges More sandstone towers
   
View across the canyon from the rim View from Bryce Point This is probably rabbit bush
   
Views from the Rim Trail between Inspiration Point and Sunset Point
Highway 12 tunnel at Red Canyon Weathered cliffs at Red Canyon
Panoramic view from Navajo Loop
Panorama of Red Canyon cliffs
Bryce Canyon National Park Official Site
   
Dinosaur National Monument
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Turtle Rock in Dinosaur National Monument Another turtle rock? Josie Bassett Morris' cabin
    
Box canyon where Josie corralled her cows Multicolored rock near Split Mountain Area The Green River near Split Mountain area
   

Actual apatosaurus skull fossil

Bones in the dinosaur fossil quarry

Another rounded sandstone cliff
   
At the entrance to Sound of Silence Trail A rare shady spot on the trail View from the petroglyph trail
   

Sheer cliffs adjoin the Green River

Endless variety of shapes and color Tilted layers
   
Without the trees, it would be a moonscape

Just like the back window of an SUV

The masterpiece, it probably took months to etch this lizard

   
The lizard is visible above the trail to the petroglyphs Flute player, a common figure in southwest native culture 
     
Cliffs along the Green River
Entrance to the Sound of Silence Trail
     
Elsewhere in Utah
Sedimentary rock east of Salt Lake on Interstate 80 Sheep Creek Canyon Flaming Gorge Reservoir
   
Canyons and Uintas Mountains, northern Utah Colorado River from Dead Horse Point State Park

Colorado River along Utah Highway 128, Northeast of Moab

   
More sandstone cliffs by the river Sandstone formations along I-70, eastern Utah Pass on I-70 through San Rafael Reef
   
 
Signs at San Rafael Reef highway construction site
   
San Rafael Reef, eastern Utah Looking south from highway Eagle Canyon
   
Looking east from Eagle Canyon view point Formations near Eagle Canyon Navajo Lake on Highway 14
      

Natural bridge, Utah Highway 14

Another view of natural bridge Cliff west of bridge
   
Highway 14, looking west toward Cedar City Notch Peak Along US 6 in western Utah
  
Rock formations along US 6 Wasatch Mountains above Springville, UT In Price Canyon on US 6
   

Another view along Price Canyon Old cabin on US 191 Castle Valley Vista Point on I-70
  
More views at Castle Valley Vista Point
      
Panoramic view into Black Dragon Canyon
Panoramic view into Black Dragon Canyon
Panoramic view from above Black Dragon Canyon
Panoramic view from above Black Dragon Canyon
   
Ghost Rock view
Ghost Rock view
A view at Castle Valley View from Ghost Rock Vista Another Ghost Rock view
  
View at Eagle Canyon Vista

Colorado River below Red Cliffs Lodge

Buttes across the highway from the lodge
   
Runoff from a storm created this one-day waterfall

I-70 through the San Rafael Reef

       
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