Zion National Park

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Zion National Park
Established 1909
146,597 acres
Visitation (2010) 2,665,972

Standing at the bottom of Zion Canyon, it is easy to mistake the massive canyon walls for towering mountains! The unique and colorful sandstone of the region color the canyons in other-worldly creams, pinks, and reds. Striking rock towers and mesas, steep canyons, and flowing water create a wide variety of habitat at Zion National Park, from large mammals like mountain lions, to hardy desert plant life like cholla and juniper, to rare and threatened birds like the peregrine falcon, California condor, and Mexican spotted owl.

Zion is a rare swath of desert that contains a reliable source of water: the Virgin River. This river, whose flowing waters carved out spectacular gorges over the centuries, also allowed generations of settlers to live in the unusually fertile region. Today's visitors have an opportunity to explore the dramatic scenery and abundant life and learn about the long history of human occupation, from Native Americans to the explorations of John Wesley Powell, from the Mormon settlers to early tourists, and the push to protect and preserve this spectacular place.


  • http://www.npca.org/parks/zion-national-park.html