I have to say, Zion National Park in autumn is something special. From a distance, Zion is all sandstone, slickrock and cliffs. It is the desert and canyon country that you expect. But when you look closely you see the cliffs and canyons are dotted with small clumps of trees. And in autumn those trees, like their counterparts in the east, turn blazing shades of red, orange, and yellow. And then the distance deceives you - what appears to be a small clump of trees becomes a full forest when you walk among them - right in the canyon, high up on a cliff wall. The variety of Zion was completely unexpected.
And then there is the light. The golden morning light of sunrise throws shadows across the undulating rock landscape. And as the sun rises, the light changes. Extra special is the reflected light of one cliff wall against another - it literally causes the rock to glow.
Light, colored sandstone canyons, vibrant autumn leaves - they all come together in this special place that I will visit again for sure.