Red Rocks in Zion


Zion Scape © 2010 Bo Mackison

A few more photographs of Zion National Park before we leave Utah and head into northern Arizona.

Zion NP

Layers Of Zion Rock © 2010 Bo Mackison

Zion has eight layers of sandstone, some as old as two-hundred-million years. The entire park is covered with red rock, deep winding canyons, desert-scapes, mesas, and buttes making this area in Southern Utah a spectacular vision.

Zion Desert Scape II

Zion Desert Scape © 2010 Bo Mackison

Our weather was overcast, sometimes rainy, sometimes the clouds opened just enough to let a bit of blue peek through, but since we were only in the park one night and one day, we had to enjoy the scenery with the weather as it was.

Zion Red Rock

Summit Trees © 2010 Bo Mackison

I love this line of trees on the ledge of the rocks.

Checkerboard at Zion

Checkerboard Mesa © 2010 Bo Mackison

Checkerboard Mesa is a mass of orange and brown slickrock. The huge rock towers more than 900 feet above the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway. It gets its name because it has the appearance of a huge checkerboard with vertical and horizontal fissures carved into the rock from top to bottom.

Next: Glen Canyon Dam and NRA.

About Bo Mackison

I’m a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place – a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I’d love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It’s my gift to you.


  1. Pretty shots! I especially like to see some of the plants in bloom. That would be a good time to visit there.

  2. Ah, very cool, very cool indeed.

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