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Zion National Park

Located in Southwestern Utah, Zion National Park encompasses some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States. The park is characterized by high plateaus, striking rock towers and mesas, and a maze of narrow, deep, sandstone canyons. In places, the deep canyons are barely 40 feet wide. Zion Canyon is the largest and most visited canyon in the park. The North Fork of the Virgin River has carved a spectacular gorge here, with canyon walls rising 2000-3000 feet above the canyon floor.

While many enjoy the top-down view of nearby Grand Canyon, Zion National Park is most easily experienced from the bottom up. In sheer magnitude and color, Zion National Park is very likely one of the most awe-inspiring National Parks with the annual number of visitors ranging over 2.5 million.

Throughout Zion National Park, iron oxide has colored the sandstone countless shades of red, while more natural white or ochre hues have remained in various sections and layers. The upper layers of porous sandstone allow water to seep thousands of feet through the rock, but the more dense lower layers force the water to exit and pour down the faces of sheer walls. Where the water leaves the rock, hanging gardens and natural stains line the walls, creating a tropical paradise in the midst of the otherwise arid desert surroundings.

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