Zion National Park ~ Scenic Overlooks!
This article is the second Zion National Park photo journal that has been featured in this website. The photos for both articles were taken in late summer while passing through Zion National Park on the way to other destinations. The first collection was gathered while traveling to college in Las Vegas and the second set was snapped when driving to a job site in Wyoming. A contrast can be seen when comparing the photos from the two different dates, because one trip was photographed when the weather was hot and dry, while the second set of photos were taken when it was drizzling rain. The overcast skies and misty rain added an ominous effect to the Zion visual experience, because the moisture reveals the bright colors of the rock strata, which is star of the show!
With the gloomy weather came plenty of elbow room and lots of empty parking spots! For a road weary tourist visiting this popular National Park, this is something to get excited about, because it is a rare event to find even one solitary empty parking space when Zion National Park is at full capacity. Because there was so much freedom to roam, I decided to just make the best of it and stop at nearly every scenic overlook while passing through. The moisture from the misty overcast certainly made the visual experience more interesting and it also helped to define the microclimate environments in this vast wilderness area. Pockets of lush green growth in the canyon floors where small streams of rainwater pour over the fertile soil is quite a contrast to the dried up sage brush that is usually seen here during the blistering hot summer months.
On a misty overcast day, the colors of Zion National Park sure do come to life! With the misty overcast, the temperatures are cooler and the stress on the eyes is far less than on a bright sunny day. Zion can become quite muddy and there are severe flash flood areas to watch out for if the rain pours down in buckets, while a gentle misty rain only refreshes the living beauty of this majestic place. Visiting Zion National Park is an intriguing experience when spring rain showers are in the forecast or when the summer monsoon season rolls around. The clouds bring life giving waters to this high desert region and it sure does not take lone for the lush green vegetation to come back to life. Zion National Park certainly is a great choice of destination this time of year!