Zion National Park is like a film set that is so big you know it’s fake, but you don’t care because it is delicious to see; the kind of movie where the art director is given carte blanche and not worry about believability. Something campy about the chiseled spaces-canyoneering inhabits the most beautiful side of the Red Planet.
A dozen desert waterfall. Knife-edge Angels Landing on tip toes along jagged Mountain ridges. The rocks were crying. Emerald ponds and flooded subway slogs through the red-rock. It is equally beautiful and impossible.
Zion is for pedestrians
From three miles up, the map of National Park Zion looks like a naughty student desk geometry after units of the Protractor. Crosshatch Gorge etched in this step Grand Staircase create a hundred lines in all kinds of contexts, in all levels of difficulty. For some people, “hiking” means to walk along the pavement grade to a beautiful nature. To others, a slot canyon for congested network-anchored climbing the peak of dizziness is “ascending.” Zion is for pedestrians.
Zion is the oldest and the oldest national park in Utah. It was the first federally appointed State Park (1919), and it shows off the oldest geological layers of this side of the Grand Canyon (~ 150 m). It is also the national parks of Utah’s most visited, Figure 3 + million visitors annually. (Book a trip from November to April to avoid the heat and crowds.) And, finally, Zion National Park, Utah is the best, in a five-way tie with all of the others.
Zion means “Heavenly city” Kolob Canyon Park and named the place described in the book of Mormon as a near God’s throne. There is no church in Zion National Park, but there is plenty to inspire respect.