I wish I had more time to explore this valley, but I was trying to cram Zion and Bryce Canyons into a weekend after a business conference in Las Vegas. The advantage was getting my flight and Vegas hotel paid by my company. I just had to rent a car and hotel in Bryce, Utah. But I had to be back to work on Monday, so Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning was all I had.
For most of the year, only shuttle buses are allowed on this road. We had to park out on Hwy 9 and catch the bus. We crossed the road to get to the Emerald Pools trail.
A view from the trail heading up to Emerald Pools.
The trail passes under this cliff. Minerals in the waterfall have left strange marking on the limestone cliff. One of the greatest things about this valley, from a photographic perspective, is the blue skies against the orange canyon walls. Color contrast in extreme form, and it’s striking.
My dad met me in Las Vegas the night before. We found a hidden trail leading to a spot above the middle Emerald Pools. We at our lunch up here, with no other tourists around.
This is a good example of the incredible wide angle provided by the Canon 16-35mm f/4L on a full frame body. Almost got my toes.
Yes, that’s the real name. Not sure if it’s appropriate anymore, but it is beautiful. This photo was taken from the foot bridge that spans the river. Emerald Pools was a great short hike that offered some great views. Someday I’ll come back with more time to tackle longer hikes to higher vantage points.