Trips in the spring 1999

Cedar Breaks NM, Zion and Bryce Canyon NP

I did this trip during a 3 day weekend in the middle of March with a friend who came to visit. On Friday, right after the snow storm, we drove to Brian Head and then skied towards and on the rim of Cedar Breaks National Monument. That night we camped in the Quail Creek State Park. On Saturday we hiked in the Zion Natl. Park, Angel's Landing trail, in particular, and camped in the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. On Sunday, after checking out the dunes, we stopped in Bryce Canyon N.P. for a while.

foto Crossroads towards the Cedar Breaks, the road is closed for cars in the winter.
foto Cedar Breaks from the rim at the cross country skiing trail we took.
foto Second half of the amphitheatre from the road (now ski and snowmobile trail).
foto Valley towards Cedar City from the same overlook.
foto Quail Creek in the morning.
foto Angel's Landing from the bottom.
foto About 1/3 high on the trail.
foto Narrow ridge on which the trail goes.
foto Chains help to stay on the trail.
foto View north towards the end of the canyon.
foto On the top of the Angel's Landing
foto Wind eroded rock in the eastern part of the park.
foto Northern part of Coral Pink Sand Dunes.
foto And view to the south.
foto View from the Bryce Point.
foto View from the Sunset Point.
foto Thor's Hammer, an interesting piece of rock.

Moab and surroundings

Another friend came to visit in the end of March, so another 3 day weekend I went to the Moab area. First night we camped in the Dead Horse Point State Park. On Friday we looked around the Dead Horse Point, hiked a bit in the Canyonlands N.P. , Island in the Sky area and in the afternoon did a few small hikes in the Arches N.P. (Windows and Delicate Arch trails). We camped in one of the BLM campgrounds in the Colorado River valley. Half of Saturday we still spent in the Arches, hiked the Devils Garden trail, and in the afternoon drove a loop road from Colorado River valley thru the La Sal Mountains and back to Moab. We camped in a small BLM campsite right next to the Canyonlands, Needles area entrance. On Sunday we hiked whole day in the Needles, about 12 miles around the Chesler Park area.

foto Upheaval Dome in the Canyonlands Island in the Sky district.
foto View thru the Mesa Arch also in the Island in the Sky.
foto View to the west from the Upheaval Dome, towards Green River canyon.
foto Delicate Arch, dominant of the Arches NP.
foto Chesler Park in the Canyonlands, Needles district. A large meadow surrounded by the rocky spires.
foto Slot canyon right after Chesler Park.

Other side of Zion NP

I made this trip in the middle of May together with several Czechs living in SLC (thus it was a typical Czech trip, with a camp fire, guitar, beer...). We hiked a canyon off the Kolob Terrace Road in the western part of Zion NP one day, and then checked out the canyon from the top, approaching it from another side.

Cascades of the creek in the canyon we went thru.
foto Me in the cascades a bit farther upstream.
foto A higher waterfall at the beginning of creek narrows.
foto Climbing the rope to get further upstream.
foto The narrows.
foto Our campsite that night.
foto North Guardian Angel, a sandstone hill towards which we went on Sunday.
foto Rattlesnake we met on the way.
foto Ma above the canyon, on the side of the North Guardian Angel.

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