Zion National Park (NP)

Trip Start May 27, 2009
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Trip End Sep 19, 2013


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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Zion is located in Utah's southwest corner, the part of the state that Utahns call Dixie, where the early leaders of the Mormon church kept their winter homes. Zion was Utah’s first national park. The park’s 229 square miles is a dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. The bottom layer of rock at Bryce is the top layer at Zion, and the bottom layer at Zion is the top layer at the Grand Canyon. The main canyon at Zion was cut by the North Fork of the Virgin River.

It is narrow, less than a quarter mile wide. But it is deep, flanked by towering sandstone palisades 2,000 to 3,000 feet high. The six mile canyon drive ends at a formation known as Temple of Sinawava, where the canyon begins narrowing to a slot only 30 to 40 feet wide. The narrowest section can only be viewed by hiking two miles up the Virgin River in water and rocks.

The name "Zion" first used by a Mormon settler in the early 1860s, implied a peaceful or heavenly place. Many people have been and continue to be inspired by the overwhelming beauty of Zion.
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