SANDSTONES THROUGH TIME
Zion National Park is a very special place in
southeastern Utah. It hosts the most diverse collection of native plants
in Utah, almost 800 different species. Parts of the park were inhabited
by Native Americans over 1000 years ago. The ruins of their dwellings
are still visible today.
The first sights you will notice about the park
are the towering cliffs and monoliths of sedimentary rock. The
cliffs are many different colors. These features are especially
beautiful in Zion Canyon. Here they form some of the tallest sandstone
cliffs in the world, rising over 700 meters above the canyon floor.
These sandstones are over 3,000 meters in thickness and record about 240
million years of deposition.