CONTENTS

 

Introduction

A bit of geology          9

The Grand Staircase    9

Sedimentary layers      10

Rivers  11

Mountains       12

Other tectonic phenomena.      12

A bit of ancient history            13

A bit of recent history  14

Flora and fauna.          15

Seasons           16

Some photographic advice       18

 

Chapter 1: ZION National PARK

The Zion Plateau         22

Checkerboard Mesa    23

The Canyon Overlook Panorama        23

The Towers of the Virgin        24

The Court of the Patriarchs     25

Emerald Pools and Weeping Rock      25

The Temple of Sinawava         26

The Virgin Narrows    26

The Great White Throne         28

AngelÕs Landing         29

Kolob Canyon Viewpoint        30

Double Arch Alcove    30

Crossing Zion by way of the Kolob Terraces  32

The Subway    33

 

AROUND Zion

The Smithonian Butte  35

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park      36

 

Chapter 2: BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Sunrise and Sunset viewpoints            40

Inspiration Point and Bryce Point       41

Navajo and QueenÕs Garden trails      42

Fairyland viewpoint and trail   43

Yovimpai Point and Rainbow Point     43

 

AROUND BRYCE

Red Canyon    44

Cedar Breaks National Monument      45

Chapter 3: GRAND CANYON

Bright Angel Point, Point Imperial and Cape Royal    46

Toroweap        47

Into the Canyon           48

 

                    Chapter 4: CANYON DE CHELLY .      51

 

Chapter 5: GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE

Scenic Byway 12         55

Anasazi State Park       55

The Burr Trail 56

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park   56

Kodachrome Basin State Park 57

Cottonwood Canyon Road      57

Hole-in-the-Rock Road           59

EscalanteÕs DevilÕs Garden     59

The Slot Canyons of Coyote Gulch    60

 

Chapter 6: CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK

Panorama Point and the Goosenecks of the Sulphur   66

Fruita   67

Chimney Rock and the Castle 67

The Scenic Drive         68

Introduction to Cathedral Valley          68

The South Desert and the Bentonite Hills.      70

Upper Cathedral Valley           71

Lower Cathedral Valley           73

The Waterpocket Fold 74

Strike Valley Viewpoint and Muley Twist       75

The Caineville Badlands and Factory Butte     77

 

Chapter 7: THE SAN RAFAEL REEF

Goblin Valley State Park         79

Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon            81

 

Chapter 8: AROUND PAGE

Upper Antelope Canyon          84

Lower Antelope Canyon          87

Horseshoe Bend          89

Water Holes Slot Canyon       90

Buckskin Gulch Narrows        91

Coyote Buttes - The Wave      93

Rainbow Bridge          95

Marble Canyon and LeeÕs Ferry         96

 

Chapter 9: MONUMENT VALLEY

The Navajo Tribal Park           98

Goosenecks State Park            103

Valley of the Gods      104

Mokey Dugway and Muley Point       105

Navajo National Monument    105

 

Chapter 10: AROUND GLEN CANYON

Edge of the Cedars State Park 106

The Road to Hite         107

Crossing Lake Powell 108

Natural Bridges National Monument  109

 

Chapter 11: AROUND MOAB

The Fisher Towers      112

The La Sal Mountains Loop    114

Behind the Rocks        115

Wilson Arch    116

Cisco   116

The Colorado National Monument      116

 

Chapter 12: ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

Park Avenue    118

The Petrified Dunes    119

Balanced Rock 119

The Windows  120

Panorama Point           121

The Fiery Furnace       121

DevilÕs Garden and Landscape Arch   121

Delicate Arch   122

Delicate Arch Viewpoint          123

The Klondike Bluffs   124

 

Chapter  13: CANYONLANDS (Island in the Sky)

Dead Horse Point State Park   126

Mesa Arch       126

Grand Viewpoint         129

Upheaval Dome           130

The Shafer trail            130

The White Rim Trail   131

 

Chapter  14: CANYONLANDS (The Needles)

Newspaper Rock         134

The Slickrock Trail      135

Squaw Flat      135

Elephant Hill   136

Chesler Park    136

Salt Creek and Angel Arch      137

Above the Needles and the Maze         137

 

APPENDIX

Glossary          139

Maps   140

Bibliography   141

Other Recommended Reading 141

Resources        142

About the Author         144

 

 

MAPS

Getting to Zion            32

Zion Canyon   38

The Bryce Amphitheater          38

Route 89 between Zion and Bryce       43

Getting to Cedar Breaks          45

Descending into the Grand Canyon    50

Scenic Byway 12 from Bryce to Capitol Reef 64

Getting to Capitol Reef            76

Goblin Valley  78

Little Wild Horse Canyon       78

Getting to Page/Grand Canyon           97

Monument Valley        102

Getting to Monument Valley   104

Getting to Glen Canyon          107

Getting to Arches and Moab   116

Arches National Park  124

Getting to Canyonlands (Island in the Sky)    130

Island in the Sky         132

Getting to Canyonlands (Needles)      138