Photographer's Note

The 3 sandstone peaks to the right in this view are the "Three Patriarchs", with the names "Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob". Behind the white sandstone mesa with red iron oxide streaks is the "Temple of Sacrifice".

Early Mormon pioneers named many Zion landmarks from names within the Bible Old Testament.

National Geographic Magazine has ranked Zion as one of America's 100 best adventures: "Starting at the narrow - winding, red chipped Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway that blends well with the parks sandstone, to stunning roadside scenery, the drive through Zion is simply magical. Early morning is peaceful and quiet, as a variety of birds chirp in the crisp, clean air. Shadows wake with the day, moving across the park, as sunlight touches down upon towering monoliths and sand swept slickrock. Visitors begin their travel as eyes open wide to take in some of the most wonderful scenery the world holds. Cameras click as people snap hundreds of pictures to take home and their memories. A trip through Zion is indeed an adventure worth remembering and savoring."

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