Fractal mountain (GIF 320x240 72k) (JPEG 640x480 68k)

The heights (GIF 320x240 69k) (JPEG 640x480 56k)

The spire (GIF 240x320 72k) (JPEG 480x640 45k)

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is located in southern Utah, USA. Although Zion is usually overshadowed by the nearby Grand Canyon, it is very unique and is certainly a worthwhile detour on your Grand Canyon trip. Its primary attractions are a variety of very interesting geological creations, including water-erosion-sculpted mountains, towering vertical walls and spectacular arches on these walls.

Favourite Campgrounds: Watchman and South Campgrounds. These two campgrounds are very much alike. Since Zion is located pretty-much in the middle of a desert, one can not expect lush vegetation surrounding each site. In fact the distinguishing feature between a good and a not so good site is that the good site has a tree which can provide shade in the evening. A river flows through the campgrounds, so on a scorching-hot day you have the option of using it instead of the car air-conditioner. Do not leave your shoes outside the tent overnight - Zion is scorpion country.

Location: 1km and 1.5 km north of Springdale on SR 9, respectively

Size: 228 and 141 sites, respectively

Favourite Activities: There is plenty to see in Zion - even if you do not want to leave your air-conditioned car. There are many hikes, some of which take you to the top of the towering peaks, and some which include walking through sizeable creeks between the walls of a canyon.

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