Every once in a while Zion National Park will experience a torrential rainfall. When this happens the normally arid stream beds high above the canyon will flow again resulting in spectacular waterfalls throughout the park. Only three percent of those visiting Zion will ever see this happen since the water flows for such a short time. Outside the main canyon and east of the Mt. Carmel tunnel the flow of water over the soil-free slopes offers a different type of waterfall experience. It’s like walking in an oil painting. No matter which way you turn the saturated landscape is a masterpiece.
A temporary waterfall off of Mount Carmel. The opening is one of the huge “port holes” created during the 1930 construction of the mile long Mount Carmel Tunnel inside the mountain. You’ll notice in the fullscreen panorama above that this waterfall is absent. This demonstrates how quickly the falls cease as the rain subsides. Both images were taken moments apart.
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