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4.21.2006 - 19 comments 

Here is a shot that I took of the beautiful red rock formations that abound within the National Park at Zion.

The Virgin River has carved a spectacular gorge in the upper reaches of Zion Canyon: 16 miles long, up to 2000 feet deep, and at times only 20-30 feet wide. The Zion Narrows; walking in the shadow of its soaring walls, sandstone grottos, natural springs, and hanging gardens can be an unforgettable wilderness experience.


Zion is an ancient Hebrew word meaning a place of refuge or sanctuary. Protected within the park's 229 square miles is a dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. Zion is located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces. This unique geography and the variety of life zones within the park make Zion significant as a place of unusual plant and animal diversity. It was really a very diverse and interesting place to visit.

Drivng though a tunnel that goes through one of these mountains to get into the park is also very exciting. The nearest cities of any siginicance are St. George, Cedar City, and Kanab, Utah depending on which direction you enter the park from.