Zion Mountain Ranch

Zion - The Narrows

Zion - Navajo Sandstone Cliffs

Bryce - Hoodoos

Bryce - Hiking Down

Cedar Breaks

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks

September 2010

In September of 2010, the five couples whose husbands had been room mates at Rice University in the 1960s, took a trip to visit national parks in Utah and Arizona. During the week long visit, we spent 3 days in Zion National Park, one day at Bryce Canyon, one day on the north rim of the Grand Canyon and one day at the Cedar Breaks National Monuent north of Zion.

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We stayed at Zion Mountain Ranch on the east side of Zion National Park. The picture below shows the ZMR cabins at dusk. Here are some more pictures of ZMR.

Zion Mountain Ranch

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We spent 3 different days in Zion National Park. The picture below is of a formation in Zion known as "The Three Patriarchs".

I spent one afternoon taking "high dynamic range" (HDR) photos in a canyon known as "The Narrows". HDR photos are made up of multiple exposures that are combined in a special software program. Here are some of my HDR pictures of The Narrows.

All of us took many, many shots of the Navajo Sandstone Cliffs. Here are some of them.

The Three Patriarchs

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One day we drove north-east to Bryce Canyon National Park. The picture below shows the type of scenery that we enjoyed there.

One interesting feature in Bryce are the numerous "hoodoos". Hoodoos are tall skinny spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins. Nowhere in the world are they as abundant as in the northern section of Bryce Canyon National Park. Here are some pictures of the hoodoos.

We all hiked way down into the canyon and wondered if we had the strength to hike back out. Here are some pictures.

Bryce Canyon

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On another day we drove north to Cedar Breaks National Monument. The picture below shows that it is basically one large canyon.

Here are some more pictures of Cedar Breaks.

Cedar Breaks

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After seeing Zion and Bryce, we felt like we had to visit the Grand Canyon. So we drove south to the North Rim. The picture below looks across the canyon to the south rim.

Here are some more pictures of Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon

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In the end, we all agreed that it was a worthwhile trip.


C. Brandon Jones
email: Brandon "at" cbjones.info
updated January 1st, 2011