Sunday, January 01, 2006

Final Leg to Zion

We finally say good-bye to I-15 at its junction with Utah Hwy. 9 (exit #16) and begin heading due east through the fast growing Hurricane Valley. From here the route crosses the Hurricane Fault, the second most active seismic zone in North America, and climbs up onto the main platform of the Colorado Plateau. The highway closely follows the meandering Virgin River upstream to our final destination: Zion National Park.

This is some of the most beautiful and evocative scenery of the entire trip. Enjoy!

Hwy. 9 with Gooseberry Mesa in the distance.

An ancient lava flow sits frozen in time beneath the towering ramparts of Mount Kinesava.

Entering the village of Springdale and lower Zion Canyon.

Zion: The Promised Land & Heavenly City of God.

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