Zion National Park - Utah
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.
Zion National Park encompasses some 150,000 acres of wild
canyon country east of St. George, Utah, including the narrow, multicoloured
Kolob Canyons to the north and many miles of largely impenetrable mountain
wilderness. However, the vast majority of visitors come only to see Zion
Canyon, probably the most immediately spectacular of the many geological
wonders in Utah - sheer red and white sandstone cliffs tower up to 2,500
feet above the North Fork of the Virgin River, and gradually become closer
together upstream until only 30 feet apart in places.
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