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"Immutable yet ever changing, the cliffs of Zion National Park stand resolute, a glowing presence, a wild calm. Melodies of waters soothe desert-parched ears, streams twinkle over stone, wren bird song cascades from red rock cliffs, cottonwood leaves jitter on the breeze. But when summer lighting flashes water falls erupt from dry cliffs, and floods flash down waterless canyons exploding log jams, hurling boulders, croaking wild joyousness, and dancing stone and water and time. Zion is alive with movement, a river of life always here and always changing.

Everything in Zion takes life from the Virgin River's scare desert waters. Water flows, and solid rock melts into cliffs and towers. Landscape changes as canyons deepen to create forested highlands and lowland deserts. A ribbon of green marks the river's course as diverse plants and animals take shelter and thrive in this canyon oasis. From the beginning the Ancient Ones sought this place, this sanctuary in the desert's dry reaches."

--- reference: www.nps.gov/zion

In this view of Zion Canyon is the North Fork of the Virgin River meandering through it, with leafless Cottonwood trees and in the center distance, The West Temple. The 19th century Mormon settlers named many geological features in Zion. The very name Zion is Hebrew for refuge, and certainly this magical place is a haven for weary 21st century humans.

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