|Beautiful National Parks in Utah
|Double Arch in Arches National Park in Utah. Notice the two tiny people in blue color under the huge Double Arch.
We toured five beautiful national parks in Utah, USA from March 30 to April 4, 2003 including Arches National
Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capital Reef National Park and Zion National
Map; Click here to see Google Map showing location of Arches National Park
Kolob Canyon in northwest part of Zion National Park
A distance view of the Double Arch in Arches National Park.
Bright red and golden colored mountain in Arches National Park viewed during sunset time. It is almost like a
flaming mountain ( 火燄山 ). I use this photo as the page header for all my Travelogue web pages. This photo is
taken by May Lee.
Several cars going down the winding Canyon Road in Canyonlands national park.
Kolob Canyon in Zion National Park.
Another one of many arches in Arches National Park.
The rock spires with very strange shapes and colors in Bryce Canyon National Park are also called “hoodoos”
with native Indian legend which goes like this: Once there lived animal-like creatures that changed themselves
into people. But they were bad, so Coyote turned them into rocks of various configurations. The spellbound
creatures still huddle together here with faces painted just as they were before being turned to stones.
These hoodoos and their associated native Indian legend remind me of the fantasy stories of demons (妖怪) in
the Chinese classic novel "The Great Adventure To The West 西遊記". About 1500 years ago, a Chinese
Buddhist monk took a very treacherous and long trip by foot from China to India to obtain the Buddhist sutra
(scriptures) from India. His treacherous trip also went through a "flaming mountain ( 火燄山 )", similar to that in
the picture above, near the Silk Road in the desert in western China. The “Odyssey” of this Buddhist monk was
dramatized by a very skillful Chinese writer into the classic Chinese novel “The Great Adventure To The West 西
遊記” by adding many fantasies to the original true story.
No wonder that one of several fantastic vantage points in Bryce Canyon National Park for viewing the colorful
hoodoos is named as Fairyland Point.
Red Rock in Arches National Park.
A Vista from Shafer Canyon Overlook in Canyonlands National Park
A view of red rocks along Interstate Highway 70 going among these national parks in Utah
Kolob Terrace in Zion National Park
Desert Sand Storm – In going from one national park to another national park, we drove the rental car through
the desert in Utah. There was a cold weather front moving through the Utah desert during that day with very
strong gusty winds. Each strong wind gust stirred up very thick desert sand storm such that we could not see
beyond the front end of the rental car. It was quite a unique and interesting experience to drive in the desert
Magnificent view from the Grand View Point Overlook at the southern end of the Island In The Sky district in
Canyonlands National Park
Kolob Terrace in Zion National Park
Red Rock Butts in Arches National Park
A Vista in Canyonlands National Park.
Valley of Fire (火焰谷), about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas in Nevada, USA, also has many beautiful bright
red rock mountains.
A picture of me (Sing Lin) in Zion National Park. It took some hiking to reach this outlook point.
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