The first human presence in Zion dates to 8,000 years ago with the Ancient Ones, camping where they could hunt or collect plants and seeds for food. About 2,000 years ago the Puebloans started a sedentary lifestyle crowing corn and other crops, and constructing pueblos.
The arrival of Europeans started in the late 18th century with the exploration of southern Utah by Padres Silvestre Velez de Escalante and Francisco Atanasio Dominguez. Later, in 1825 the famous trapper and explorer Jedediah Smith explored the Virgin River area. The first whiteman settlements started in 1847 with Mormon farmers from Salt Lake. Zion would continue to be a farming resource until it became a National Monument in 1909. This evolved into Zion becoming a National Park in 1919.
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emilbo (22616) 2014-01-10 13:02
J'aime vraiment cette photo avec la rivière, les arbres dénudés en automne et les magnifiques montagnes derrière.
Une belle présentation accompagnée d'une très intéressante note. Les couleurs typiques de ce coin de pays sont superbes. Encore plus beau en grand. Voir
Toutes mes félicitations et bonne fin de semante,
jcpix (13846) 2014-01-10 20:17
Having spent an overwhelming majority of my life in Utah & Arizona, I'm embarrassed to admit I've only been to Zions but one time...and only because a friend wanted to go camping!? What a remarkable place though, and you've captured a lot of it's essence with these pictures. There's really not much to say other than pure natural beauty, some of the finest around! A superb arrangement here to show the rustic colors and strong textures set under a bright blue sky for contrast and warmth. Good work letting the scenery speak for itself. Enjoy the weekend.
All the best,
serp2000 (42516) 2014-01-11 4:05
I like the another excellent presentation of the Utah nature. I'd just like to add a frame for this composition. Well seen, impressive landscape, good DoF. TFS!
Have a great weekend!
mesutilgim (90670) 2014-01-11 7:22
Within your last entries this one is my favorite ! Nice warm an bright colors and good notes completing your entry perfectly.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Noel_Byrne (28160) 2014-01-11 8:58
I love that name, the Ancient Ones, sounds so mystic and like something from legend. And what a landscape they inhabited too, this place is pure natural beauty. The leafless trees look brilliant, and allow us to see through to the red mountains behind, all topped with that enviable blue sky.
P.S. A sincere thanks Ray for your visits to my gallery, your insightful comments are always welcomed and appreciated.
annjackman (21360) 2014-01-11 9:15
I know Zion fairly well as been three times. Three years ago I managed most of the Angel's Landing trail but chickened out of the last rather frightening bit! This picture is super with that lovely light picking out the reds in the rock. A very beautiful place that has been expertly captured - TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
Silvio1953 (133690) 2014-01-12 5:44
Ciao Ray, great view of fantastic place, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio