WELCOME TO ZION
Zion Canyon, you discover, is a Yosemite done in full color, a deep, narrow chasm hewn in the many-colored sandstones of the Prismatic Plain. Its lofty, abrupt cliffs, ranging from deep maroon through shades of pink, gold, and yellow to alabaster white, were carved and smoothed by the combined forces of rushing waters, winds, sands, and rain. The verdant valley’s green blends with brilliant tones until it disappears in a canyon so narrow that one wall overhangs the other. Hanging gardens cling to the walls. Trails wind up the cliffs and a spectacular highway climbs the east wall, then bores into the cliff itself, affording you a glorious vista of the canyon. (Adventuring through the National Parks of the West Booklet, Standard Oil Company of California, 1935)
Zion’s central feature is its great canyon, whose sandstone cliffs are brilliantly colored. The Virgin River which flows through the canyon carries away 3,000,000 tons of rock in the form of fine debris. (National Park Location Map No. 6, United States Department of Interior, June 1944)
In Zion National Park the type of scenery peculiar to the plateaus of southern Utah and northern Arizona attains its most complete expression. Layer upon layer of shales and sandstone have been carved into architectural forms, astonishingly alike for size and color. (Zion and Bryce National Parks Brochure, United States Department of the Interior, 1936)
WHY WE LOVE THIS PARK
No matter how many times you visit Zion, you are still overwhelmed by the unrelenting splendor of its vast space. And yet just off the beaten path there are hundreds of hideaways with secret stories of their own to explore.
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ZION NATIONAL PARK: OPENING DAY
Six women, five who were students from the University of Utah, ceremoniously opened Zion’s first tourist season as a national park on May 15, 1920. The previous tourist season ended before Zion was officially declared Utah’s first national park in November 1919. 3,692 people visited Zion National Park during its first season compared to over 3 million a year today.
Posters are available with fade resistant, UV treated inks on stiff coated paper. They also include a matte UV finish that reduces glare. At 14″ x 22″ it is the perfect size for display.
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