Zion National Park

Zion CanyonJohn Wesley Powell, who extensively explored the canyons of the Colorado Plateau, said of the landscape, "All this is the music of waters."

Water has shaped a magnificent symphony in Zion National Park, accompanied by the sunset-colored rocks. Light plays the canyon walls as her instrument and changes the melody throughout the day and night. Sunrise and sunset create a fire of rock in this valley. During a visit last year, snow had decorated the red canyon walls and the light had colored the white flakes with pink hues.

Today the grey winter day in Yellowstone had me wishing that I was still hiking under the bright rocks in Zion. But then a herd of pronghorn strolled across my front yard and I was thankful to be home. So ends my wonderful sojourn through some of the western National Parks.