Autumn Along the Virgin River. Zion National Park
Zion National Park. Utah, USA. Autumn foliage along the Virgin River. The 160-mile long Virgin River is one of the few Western States rivers that is not dam controlled. It flows leisurely through this Park and terminates in the Colorado River at Lake Mead, Nevada.
Virgin River in Autumn. Zion National Park
Zion National Park. Utah, USA. A lone cottonwood tree in autumn dress along a pine-studded Navajo sandstone canyon wall rising above the Virgin River.
Great White Throne and Organ Area of Zion National Park
Zion National Park. Utah, USA. The Great White Throne rises on the left. Evergreen trees can be seen growing up high on the rock wall's face.
Details of the red sandstone of The Organ (right) are more clearly visible in the shade. Many cottonwood trees line the low waters of the Virgin River in this early autumn scene.
Navajo Sandstone Canyon Walls in Autumn Along the Big Bend Area of Zion National Park
Zion National Park. Utah, USA. The Big Bend area features a wide expanse of colorful Navajo sandstone canyon walls. By autumn the low waters of the now slowly-moving Virgin River amble leisurely under cottonwood and maple trees attired in autumn dress. Rock shelves on the wall face provide a root-hold for small deciduous and evergreen trees clinging to their lofty perch over a panoramic scene.
North Fork Virgin River in Autumn. Zion National Park
Zion National Park. Utah, USA. The North Fork of the Virgin river begins north of Zion at Cascade Falls which comes out of a cave near Navajo Lake (elevation 9,000 feet).
The East Fork of the Virgin River originates above Long Valley. Both the North and East Forks of the Virgin River run through the park and empty into Lake Mead and then into the Colorado River, which empties into the Gulf of California.
In this Virgin River autumn scene, maple and cottonwood trees line the banks of this ribbon of life while blue-leaf asters (Aster glaucodes) grace the riverbank.