Zion National Park in Southern Utah provides a spectacular layering of desert scenery. The park is on the western edge of the Colorado Plateau. The main sections of the park presents towers of Navajo
sandstone. To the west lies the beginning of the Mojave formations that dominate Nevada and stretch into Southern California.
The Park features several climate Zones. You will find hanging gardens on the
canyon walls, desert marshes along the sides of the Virgin River, an abundance
of cactus, junipers and other desert fixtures along the sandy desert hills and
aspen atop the mountains above the canyon's rim.
The Park was first established as Mukuntuweap Monument in 1909, and renamed
to Zion National Monument in 1918 and declared a national park in 1919.
Geologically speaking, the rock in the canyon is quite young. The main
features of Zion Canyon are the Navajo Sandstone that form the towering cliffs
of the canyon and the and Kayenta Shale at the base of the canyon. The Navajo
Sandstone was formed by deep drifting sand dunes. If you examine the detail in
the rock up close, you can see the patterns of the dunes.
(51 pictures) Zion Canyon is one of the jewels of the Utah National Park system. The canyon is noted for towering canyon walls and a wide selection of desert habitats.
(14 pictures) Hurricane Valley is just west of Zion National Park.
(59 pictures) Angels Landing is a popular 2.5 mile hike that starts at the Grotto and ascends 1700 feet to a view point of Zion Canyon.
Zion - Canyon Observation Point Trail
(19 pictures) The Canyon Overlook Trail is a short, easy hike along the east canyon rim. The trail provides a good view of the Pine Canyon (a slot canyon) and of the Zion Valley.
(18 pictures) The Virgin River Narrows is probably the most popular hike in the park. The hike starts at the Temple of Sinawava and leads into a narrow canyon where the river runs from wall to wall.
(96 pictures) Zion National Park is in the Colorado Plateau, the Canyons were carved by the Virgin River which flows south through Saint George to the Colorado River.
(26 pictures) The Kolob Road runs through the Kolob Plateau region of Zion National Park. The road provides interesting vistas of the top of the Navajo Sand Stone.
(36 pictures) This page shows images from Kolob Canyon on the North Section of Zions National Park (near Cedar City