Monday, March 14, 2011

The Path Less Traveled

Join Red Mountain as we team up with Zion Canyon Field Institute to offer an exciting series of hikes in 2011. This all-day adventure from the East Mesa to Observation Point Trail will be led by an outstanding and knowledgeable ZCFI guide. Even if you have been to Zion before, you won't want to miss the chance to see it anew on this stunning adventure.

Our back-country route to Observation Point cuts through strands of ponderosa pine and high meadows bright with drifts of wild flowers. Fires have reduced parts of the forest, but cleared areas provide views of the Mountain of Mystery - 2,000 feet of sandstone rising 6,545 feet above sea level into skies that go on forever. To the south, views open up on Echo Canyon, a narrow fissure in the Navaho Sandstone above the hanging garden of Weeping Rock, one of Zion's most visited spots. At Observation Point, stunning vistas open up down canyon to the Virgin River. On the other side of the Virgin rise massive sandstone monuments - Mountain of the Sun and the West Temple (the highest mountain in the main canyon at 7,810 feet). As you eat your well earned lunch, you will be treated to the fascinating natural history of this remote place from ZCFI guides who have called Zion National Park "home" for years.

Hikes are offered May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13 and October 11. Contact our Adventure Concierge at 435.652.5712 for details or to sign up for one of these amazing adventures.

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