The Temple of Sinawava, Zion Canyon, Zion National Park

By March 1, 2022March 13th, 2022The American Southwest, Utah, Zion

The Temple of Sinawava lies at the end of the Zion National Park scenic drive, where the canyon becomes so narrow one must proceed on foot.  On approach to the Temple of Sinawava is the Pulpit, a dramatic sandstone column rising above the Virgin River, monolithic and huge yet dwarfed by the towering cliffs of Zion Canyon all around.  In winter, the cottonwood trees are bare and stark, contrasted against the shadowed cliffs rising above them.  In spring, the cottonwoods are a cool green and rain storms generate ephemeral falls dropping hundreds of feet.  And in fall, the cottonwoods burn orange and yellow and red.  It’s a special place in all seasons, as I was reminded on a brief visit there a few weeks ago.  Cheers, and thanks for looking!

About Phil Colla

I am a natural history photographer. I enjoy making compelling images in the ocean, on land, and in the air. I have maintained the Natural History Photography blog since 2005 and my searchable Natural History Photography Library since 1997. Here are some tear sheets and behind the scenes views. Thanks for looking!