Sunday, October 22, 2017
Michael Stone Online

In Photos: Zion and Other National Parks in Southern Utah

I finally had the opportunity to edit photos from my family trip in May to five national parks in southern Utah: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef.

In case you can’t tell from the amount of photos selected, Zion was the favorite. But really, the whole region is one of Earth’s greatest treasures — because of the geological formations, of course, but also the unique plant and animal species that call the often harsh climate and terrain home.

Here is brief glimpse into that beauty of the arid American West, complete with species identifications. Enjoy!

Zion National Park

Rock squirrel (Spermophilus variegatus)

Desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni)

Desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni)

House wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Spotted towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

Rock squirrel (Spermophilus variegatus)

American bison (Bison bison)

Bryce Canyon National Park

Rocky Mountain mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus hemionus)

Arches National Park

Balanced Rock

American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)

Side-blotched lizard (Uta stansburiana)

Petroglyphs

Western whiptail (Cnemidophorus tigris)

Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Delicate Arch

Canyonlands National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

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