We arrived at Zion NP Thursday around mid day, got into our campsites and settled in. Watchman campground is really nice, large sites with plenty of space, electric hookups and close to the Visitor Center and shuttle service. Zion is another NP that has chosen to close off part of the scenic drive to traffic and provides instead an excellent shuttle service, you just hop on and off as you wish with very short waits between buses. I ventured out late in the evening and got some shots with a few stars. Full moon Friday so the moonlight was good.
Some of us took a ranger lead tour up to the end of the canyon today and we learned that while the white tops of some of the mountains look very different from the red parts they are all sandstone. The red simply means that the iron hasn’t bleached out yet, really amazing when you see the contrast.
Saturday night, May 25, I was able to get a nice photograph of The Watchman, the mountain that stands over the campground we are in. This was taken before moonrise but you can see the light area indicating where the moon will rise.