We happened to pass through this rugged area of wilderness at the perfect time for the fall leaves. Scenic road 12 passes between canyons carved by Calf Creek (on the right) and Boulder Creek (on the left). The trees grow in a narrow band along the creeks.
On the way home from Bryce Canyon, we took a scenic detour through part of the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. I explored one particularly interesting mesa by drone with flag on top!
While not having the red rock of some of the neighboring canyons, Cedar Canyon (near Cedar City, Utah) is beautiful it its own right.
We were lucky to be in Zion National Park during the peak fall foliage. Considering the surrounding desert, it’s hard to believe that there are deciduous trees that can change color. However, the Virgin River that runs through Zion Canyon provides year-round water to the trees that line its banks.
The desert surrounding Zion National Park seems lifeless except for the starkly contrasting green ribbon around the Virgin River.