Zion views

12:07 a.m. on September 7, 2013 (EDT)
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This is called the Towers and Temples of the Virgin, the white faced cliff on the right with the red stain running down is called the Altar of Sacrifice 

I will add more later as I work on them.

This is in Zion NP.  I am standing at 3961 feet above sea level while the top of the Altar is 7905 feet. These cliffs once were sand dunes that used to be over 3000 feet high, the highest dunes in the world now are in the Sahara yet they are only about 300 feet high. The red color is actually Iron Oxide staining the outside layers of the sandstone.


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I was standing on the side of the road right of center, the Towers and temples are to the left of center of this topo, the Altar is the green upside down Y shaped area. Click image for a larger view.


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Altar of Sacrifice


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This cliff at top is called the Sun Dial


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These high points are L-R Lady Mountain, the Spearhead(center), Castle Dome and Cathedral Mountain


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Lady Mountain in middle high and the white points are called the Bee Hives


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Detail closeup or Lady Mountain and the Bee Hives




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The flat top cliff left of center is called the West Temple and is 7310 feet high

 

10:12 a.m. on September 7, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks, Gary! I don't get to the desert much, but this is on the list!!!

10:50 a.m. on September 14, 2013 (EDT)
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Nice shots.

Looks like rough terrain, and harder at elevation. Is there easy access to the tops of the mesas, maybe up the back sides? Or would these need technical climbing gear?

7:15 a.m. on September 15, 2013 (EDT)
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There are a few trails to places like Angels Landing, Observation Point, the West Rim, Scouts Lookout, Echo Canyon, Deer Point, Cable Mountain. Search them online and see.

Check out this video of the hike to Angels Landing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CIN-N5cNwk

Most of the hkes up are long and strenuous, all are cut from the sandstone or built of it with open trails,cables or chains to hang onto and somewhat scary open space. You often feel like you are climbing.

Then there are places like the Subway and the Narrows which are hikes in slot canyons leading where only water and erosion has made the canyons very small slit like places.

See: http://www.utah.com/nationalparks/zion/zion_narrows.htm

And: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgNSrE0BJ8g

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