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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Z" is for Zion National Park

Zion National Park, established in 1919, was the first of Utah's five National Parks. According to the National Park Service site, the people there 12,000 years ago hunted mammoths, giant sloths, and camels. Then by about 8,000 years ago, over-hunting and climate change caused those animals to die out. The people then focused on hunting smaller animals and gathering food. The Zion elevations, 3,666 to 8,726 feet, proved ideal for growing certain crops. Mormon pioneer settlers arrived there in 1856 and endured the hardship of flash floods and drought.

ZION 14581
Howard Russell Butler
"Zion Canyon", 1903, by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh, 1903 Oil on canvas, Zion Museum Collection ZION 38105
Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh
The dramatic scenery of the 15-mile long Zion Canyon cut along the north folk of the Virgin River has inspired numerous artists, including Howard Russell Butler and Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh. How fortunate that artists visited this National Park and inspired us with their depictions of the unforgettable scenery. The museum at Zion National Park houses some of this work.

"Mountains of the Sun" by Howard Russell Butler, 1926
Zion Museum Collection ZION 14586  

Howard Russell Butler


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's a really beautiful place. Very colorful.
Congratulations on completing the Challenge!

Melanie Schulz said...

I've never been to Utah, but I really have to go, I love being around so much natural beauty.

Sharon Himsl said...

Nice end to the A-Z. Congrats on finishing!! Saw Zion two years ago but didn't stay long enough. Have always wanted to return. The rock formations are incredible!
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L. Diane Wolfe said...

I would go picture crazy there.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Alex!

I haven't been there to really see all those wonderful National Parks, Melanie. Thanks for visiting.

Thanks, Sharon. Nice you have been there!

Diane, I agree. Looks like photo heaven!

Arlee Bird said...

I have yet to visit Zion though I have passed through the area where it is located. I'm sure it's a beautiful place.

Congratulations on making it through the alphabet with us.

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Stephanie Faris said...

Because I've lived in Tennessee all my life, I haven't spent as much time in the Western half of the U.S. as I'd like. Someday! I'd love to just go by car and stop lots of places along the way. By plane you don't get to see as much.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Arlee. Zion looks pretty rugged. Some of the climb is with chains if you want to go that way.

Stephanie, thanks for visiting. If you go by car, you need a lot of extra time in Utah!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monty .. it has wonderful history too and I'd love to see the paintings at the Park ..

Congratulations on ending with a good place for Z - cheers Hilary

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Hilary, thank you so much!

Tina said...

Gorgeous place and definitely on my list! Great series you did, Mary, and congrats on finishing the Challenge! Way to go.
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