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An easy walk to Zion's big waterfalls.

At the head of a small box canyon in Zion National Park, Utah, are two big falls, which really gush after a rainstorm; you can get to either by an easy walk from the main canyon road.

The more spectacular, called Weeping Rock, sheds unending tears as water percolates down from the headlands through the rock's thick sandstone layers. In spring and late fall, however, these tears become a torrent, as thundershowers send a cascade of water over the rock. The Weeping Rock Trail is an easy walk, just 1/2 mile round trip, and pleasant in fall's 65[deg.] days (summer temperatures reach into the 100s). The trail gets rather wet and slippery at the end; walk carefully and protect your camera from spray.

You can reach the falls into Lower Emerald Pool a 1/2-mile walk on the level trail across from Zion Lodge. The 80-foot cascade runs year-round, dropping into mineral tinted waters.

The park itself is lovely in fall, cool and unhampered by the crowds that clog its main roads in summer. And the falls are an added reason to detour here if you're traveling on nearby Interstate 15 anytime in late fall or early winter.

Zion is 43 northeast of St. George; from Interstate 15, take State 9 east 33 miles to the park. Admission is free now through March. The Weeping Rock Trail parking lot is off the main Zion Canyon Road, about 5 miles north of the visitor center (open 9 to 5 daily).
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Date:Nov 1, 1984
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