Zion National Park


zion-np-patchZion National Park was originally a national monument called Mukuntuweap, its Indian name. In 1918, the name was officially changed to Zion by the National Park Service. Zion is Utah’s first national park and the Virgin River creates much of Zion. To appreciate the canyon carved by the river, hike the Narrows, a 16 mile hike through the sheer canyon walls, mostly hiking right in the river! The sandstone cliffs in cream, pinks, and reds are featured throughout Zion and their layers are clearly visible. The study of rock layers, stratigraphy can reveal the relative age of the rock. To get the best view of Zion Canyon from the top, hike to Angel’s Landing. There is also the famous 1.1 mile tunnel through solid sandstone along the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway.

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1 Ed Thomas August 11, 2010 at 11:02 am

Hi Stacey: I work for Pearson. Lin Wong is designing a cover that may use one of your photos (for a college geology book), that’s why I’m snooping around–we have to have your contact information for permissions, etc. Your photos remind me of how much I loved Zion, though with 4 kids in NJ it’s too expensive for us to get back out there as a familly! Maybe some day!

Pearson will be in touch.

Enjoyed your site!

Ed Thomas

2 Stacey August 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Thanks so much Ed. Looks like the image will work for your geology book so thank you! Please feel free to look around anytime. We love to share our traveling life and our story with visitors. Hope you do get back to Zion soon, we love that area of the country.

3 Jeannie August 13, 2010 at 11:08 am

Out of all the places you’ve gone guys, this one stands out, I guess because not only is it absolutely gorgeous, there is a certain feeling (even from pics) that it’s untouched which I know sounds weird but…. Would love to go there one day, again congrats!!!!!!!!!!


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