What a hike yesterday morning. I am writing this Sunday morning as I am driving from Springdale to Salt Lake City when I finish. SLC is 4.5 hours away. The Canyon Overlook is a moderate hike in the Zion Rangers terms. In old man terms it seemed like a death march. As we were climbing up at 5 am Matt Suess told us it was a good thing we couldn't see to the left as we probably would not have liked what we saw. Our headlamps only lit what was in front of our feet. As you can see in the photo above the view was incredible. The wind was whipping through the viewpoint. I took this VR from a little ways back from the edge to show how many people were there once the sun came up. The photo below is what the view looked like before and after the sun lit the canyon.
Here is a VR about halfway down the desent from the top. Matt had everyone view a sunlit top of a canyon wall. This was my view VR of where we were.
We next went to the same place where we did the milky way shots a couple of night before. The photo below was a close area of where I was standing so you can see the different looks from night to day.
Here is the VR I took of this area.
All in all I highly recommend Zion National Park. I have only showed a few of the thousands of photos I really took. The park has many more day trails and hikes that we merely just hit the high points. If you are physically up to a 7 to 10 day exploration then I highly recommend this park. It is a huge park and you really need days to discover.
If you are a photographer then I also recommend Matt Suess www.mattsuess.com to get you the best photos you can take. HE had a very precise schedule of places, time and sun placement for every hour of each day. He has traveled this park for many years and knows it well. I am planning a trip with Matt in June 2017 in the Grand Tetons which I am really looking forward to.
One last VR of my room. I guess I was very sleep drunk to include as every muscle in my body ached from the miles of hiking each day.