Zion Waterfalls

I went to Zion today to take care of some business, and it was raining like crazy! After I got everything done, i drove up to the Temple of Sinawava to check out the waterfalls. I saw waterfalls where I haven’t seen them for a very long time, and others that I’ve not seen before. At one point, the water was just pouring over the side of the cliffs. Enjoy!

Employee Falls

Refrigerator Canyon (Angel’s Landing on right)

Above Weeping Rock

From Hidden Canyon I have not seen this waterfall at the Temple of Sinewava like this in a very long time.

Monsoon Storm in Zion

There was a monsoon storm pop up this evening in Zion National Park.  It was one of the most spectacular storms I’ve seen in quite a while.  The rain came down in buckets.  Lightning everywhere!  I watched lightning hit Mount Majestic three times in about five minutes!  I wish I could have gotten them on film!  One of the times lightning hit Mount Majestic and Castle Dome almost simultaneously!

Anyway, I decided it was necessary to get out the camera and start shooting.  Glad I did!  I caught these of Employee Falls, which is right outside my back door!

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Zion Floods!

All week long, the National Weather Service has been predicting a major storm for Southern Utah.  Well, this storm finally arrived!  And one daddy of a storm it is!  Check out the radar image as of 9:00pm MST!  (Courtesy of WeatherBug)

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Anyway, it’s usual to go into Springdale to get hiking food for days off, and needless to say, it was raining the entire time. (It’s going to rain for sometime, actually.)  On the way back, we were stopped at Canyon Junction by a Park Ranger that told us the road was closed because of flash flooding across the road.  So we had to pull up and wait for some time to get the all clear.  While parked, we decided to go look at the river.  Well, if you’ve never seen a flash flood, here you go:

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This was awesome!  However, as rivers do, they tend to increase in size, especially when countless waterfalls are pouring into the river.  The image above?  that was the beginning!  About 10 to 15 minutes later, we decided to go back to the river, and guess what?

CRW_1251That’s right!  The river flow increased dramatically!  At least 10 fold!  It was a sight to behold!  Standing there on the river’s edge watching trees (and possibly boulders) flow down the river.  I was enjoying the view, when I turned around and saw this:

CRW_1257This changed my attitude very quickly of WOW! to UH OH!  Maybe this isn’t such a good idea to be standing here.  I looked closer to the trees where I was standing and…..

CRW_1258… sure enough, the river was rising!

CRW_1262Time to get to high ground!  As the National Weather Service always says, “Turn around, don’t drown.”  So we high tailed it out of there.

By this time, we had yet to hear from the Park Ranger, so we decided it was time to go up the road and try to get home to Zion Lodge.  A short time later, we were stopped again by a shuttle in the road.  I decided to take advantage of the situation and get more photos of the river and waterfalls.

CRW_1265This was at the curve which was flooded out in 1995 by a flood, below the Sentinel.  These trees are about 8 to 10 feet tall, or were that tall.

Here’s a cool look at the Sentinel:

CRW_1274The mountain in front is the infamous Sentinel Slide that created a lake in Zion Canyon about 10,000 years ago or so.

Here are some cool waterfalls coming off the Twins.  The water of course is what’s flooding the road.

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After much tribulation and driving through mud and debris, we made it back to the lodge.  It’s always a treat to see Employee Falls flowing.  However, it’s unusual to see three waterfalls at the same time.  It’s either only one or two.  It’s also unusual to see clouds below the rim like this, so, enjoy!

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Hope you enjoyed the adventure as much as I did.  You of course stayed dry the entire time.  By the time I got home, I was soaked to the bone from the rain.

Kelly

Cloudburst!!

This past weekend was absolutely crazy!  The hardest part was saying goodbye to a friend who lost his life in a bad fall from a cliff.  His memory will live on in us who knew him.  He will be greatly missed.

Then on Saturday last, I was having dinner with some friends in Springdale, Utah at the Pizza Noodle.  Just as we left the restaurant, it started to rain.  I looked over at the cliffs of Zion, and it was raining so hard, I couldn’t see the cliffs (only a half mile away).  I then got in my car to drive away, when I noticed several people gathered on the sidewalk looking to the east, and I’m thinking: “What are they looking at?”  Then I saw it!  I had to get some pictures of this, because I haven’t seen one in a LONG time!  Well, you’re probably wondering what I’m referring to.  Well, take a look!

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Do you see it?  No?  Well, take a look at this one:

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See it yet?  Of course you do!  Try this one?

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Aren’t these amazing?  It’s not very often you see a rainbow over the Watchman Mountain, in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a rainbow over this mountain like this.  I had to stop taking pictures because the rain started to really come down.  I decided it was time to get for the canyon to see if I could find any waterfalls.  Boy, did I ever!  Not only was there waterfalls from the cliffs, but there were waterfalls across the road!  I think they are called flash floods!  Take a look:

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I came around the corner and saw this coming towards me.  Here’s a closeup:

CRW_0908Not a pretty sight, especially if you have to go through it!  Technically, you’re not supposed to drive through a flash flood, but . . .

CRW_0912I must confess, I also drove through the flash flood.  There were tree limbs and debris of all sorts in the road and it was kind of scary to drive through!  I only did it to get home!  (I know, excuses sometimes justify stupidity.)  But I had to see the waterfalls! Like this one off the Twin Brothers right above the flooded road:

CRW_0911All this water was coming down to the road.  Crazy, huh?!

I also had to see Employee Falls flowing!  When it really comes down, watch out!

CRW_0924This is right behind the area where I live.  It’s been a little over a year since I’ve seen a waterfall come down this canyon.  When it does, it’s quite impressive!  Here’s a closeup of the waterfall:

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I hope you enjoy these images as much as i had fun taking them!

Remember, life is precious and every day is a gift, that’s why it’s called the Present!

Kelly