where ancient native people and pioneers walked.
because you'll see massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky.
very different than Bryce Canyon. You can't ask me which I liked better...they were nothing alike.
a little history from the internet:
Almost 12,000 years ago Zion's first peoples, who are now almost invisible, tracked mammoth, giant sloth, and camel across southern Utah. Due to climate change and overhunting these animals died out about 8,000 years ago. People learned how to make due.
Jumping far ahead to the future:
In the 1860s, just after settlement by Mormon pioneers, John Wesley Powell visited Zion on the first scientific exploration of southern Utah. By hard work and faith, pioneers endured in a landscape that hardly warranted such persistence. Flash floods destroyed towns and drought burned the crops. Only the will to survive saw Paiute, Anasazi, and European descendants through great difficulties.
Perhaps today Zion is again a sanctuary, a place of life and hope.
In Bryce Canyon you are looking down at the landscape, here, in Zion you take a scenic bus tour down to the bottom and look up....way up!
it's unbelievably majestic...and it goes on and on and up and up. The road into Zion Canyon is 6 miles (9.7 km) long, ending at the Temple of Sinawava ("Sinawava" refers to the Coyote God of the Paiute Indians)
there was an antique 'Model T Ford' car rally happening at the same time as our trip...with 100 degree temps there they were out on a fabulous, albeit s-l-o-w, cruise of the park
the three photogenic peaks bear the biblical names of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Very impressive !
mule deer can be seen at the park if you look very carefully.