Monday, June 22, 2015
Zion National Park is a wonderland of cliffs and canyons. It was first designated as Mukuntuweap National Monument in 1909 and later, designated as Zion National Park in 1919. Additional areas were added to the original park in 1937 and 1956. The Park consists of 146,597 acres and ranges in elevation from 3666 feet to 8726 feet above sea level (1117 to 2660 meters). The main rock formations in the Canyon include the predominant Navajo Sandstone formation (most of what you can see in the photo above) and the two foundation layers of Kayenta and Moenave formations. Some of the strata at the very top of the formations belongs to the Sinawava member of the Temple Cap Formation. Lowers portions of the Canyon, such as at the west entrance, extend downward into the Chinle and Moenkopi formations. This image was taken from the pathway up to Weeping Rock.