THE PARKS OF SOUTHERN UTAH

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There are many beautiful parks in the U.S., but I am concentrating on the parks of Southern Utah in this post about parks, as I am from this area.  I would like to encourage all visitors to this post to travel to the area to enjoy the scenic wonders,

ARCHES NATIONAL MONUMENT  (partly from Wikapedia)

The Arches National Park is just a few short miles from Moab, Utah.  It is rather a remote area but it is worth the travel to see the awe inspiring beauty of the area.

More than 2,000 natural rock sandstone arches are located in the park, including the well known Delicate Arch, as well as many unique geological formations.

The park contains the highest diversity of natural arches in the world.

Arches National Park consists of 76,679 acres of high desert, located on the Colorado Plateau.

The highest elevation is 5,653 at Elephant Butte, and the lowest elevation is 4,685 at the Visitor’s Center.  It receives less than 10″ of rain annually.

History

Administered by the National Park Service,the area was originally named a National Monument in 1938,  and was re-designated as a national park in 1976.  The park received more than 1.6 million visitors in 2018.

The Arches area was first brought to the attention of the National Park Service by Frank A. Wadleigh, a Passenger Traffic Manager for the Denver and Rio Grande  Western Railroad in 1923.

George L. Beam visited the area in 1923, as the guest of Alexander Ringoffer, a prospector living in the area.

Designation of the area as a National Park was supported by the National Park Service.  In 1929, President Herbert Hoover signed a proclamation creating Arches National Monument.

In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a proclamation  enlarging the area.  Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon  also signed legislation regarding the park.

Recreational Activities

Climbing on named arches in the park is banned.  Recreational activities include auto touring, backpacking, biking,camping, and hiking.  Some of these recreational activities require permits.  Astronomy in the park is also popular..

 

 

Owachomo Bridge in Natural Bridges, Utah

NATURAL BRIDGES NATIONAL MONUMENT  (partly from Wikapedia)

I visited Natural Bridges (Bridges) many years ago when my good friend Betty  Holland (now deceased), was employed there.  I did not visit the bridges that often during y stay, but was impressed by the cheerfulness of the crew, and by their devotion to the “Bridges”.  They were all “happy campers” and did not even yearn for days off, to get out of the area, even though it was very remote area.

Natural Bridges National Monument is a U.S.National Monument located about 50 miles notrhwest of the Four Corners boundaries of southeast Utah, at the junction of White Canyon and Armstrong Canyon, part of the  Colorado River drainage.  It features the thirteenth largest natural bridge in the world, carved from the white Permian sandstone of the Cedar Mesa Formation.  Blanding, Utah is the nearest town.

The three bridges in the area are named Kachina, Owachomo, and Sipapu, all Hopi names.  There is evidence of at least two collapsed bridges within the Monument.

HISTORY

In 1904, the National Geographic Magazine publicized the bridges and the area was designated  a National Monument.   Few visitors visited the park until after the uranium boom in the 1950s,  which resulted in new roads in the area.   Bridge collapses and earthquakes are potential in the area.

Recreational activities include auto touring, camping, backpacking, biking and hiking.

Always bring, or wear, your hiking boots to these remote areas.

ZION NATIONAL PARK

I have visited Z ion’s National Park many times.  I used dto have a friend there ,Michael Fatali.  Michael is a renowned photographer and he had a gallery in Springdale, Utah, the town which is the closest to Zion National Park.  While visiting Zion, I would stay in Michael’s “Rock House”.

Zion National Park is truly beautiful and magnificent, and a great place for hiking.

The following is partly from Wikipedia

Zion National Park is an American National Park, near the town of Springdale, Utah.  A prominent feature of the 229 square  mile par is Zion Canyon.  Zion canyon walls are reddish and tan Navajo sandstone, eroded by the North Fork of the Virgin River.  The lowest point in the park is at Coalpits Wash, and the highest peak is at Horse Ranch Mountain  (8726 ft.)  The park has a variety of of life zones that allow  unusual plant and animal life.  Numerous plant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals, (including 17 of bat)  and 39 reptiles inhabit the park’s four life zones, desert, woodland, riparian and coniferous forest.

Zion National Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons and natural arches.

Human habitation of the area started about 8,000 years ago with snall  groups of Native Americans, one of which was the semi-nomadic Basketmaker Anasazi.  Mormons came into the area in 1858 and settled there  On November 20, 1919, Congress redesignated the monument to Zion National Park, and the Act was signed by President Woodrow Wilson.

The park is located in Washington, Iron and Kane counties, in Southwestern Utah.  Streams in the area take rectangular Zion National paths because they follow jointing planes in the rocks.  The climate consists of hot summers and cold winters with a limited amount of precipitation throughout the year.

Zion National Park is a magnificent park to visit, especially if you are a hiker, so don’t forget your hiking boots.

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Bryce Canyon National Park is an American National Park located in Southwestern Utah.  Its major feature is Bruce Canyon, which,  despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural ampitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.

Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks.  The red, orange and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors.

  HISTORY

Bryce Canyon was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850’s, and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who homesteaded the area in 1879.  President Warren G. Harding designated it as a national monument in 1923, and it was redesignated a national park by Congress in 1928

The park encompassed 35,835 acres.  The location is rather remote, but visitors numbers are increasing.

GEOGRAPHY

Bryce Canyon National Park lies within the Colorado Plateau province of North America and straddles the southeastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. It is known as a canyon beause it was not formed by erosion from  central stream. stream.

Th hoodoos in Bryce are similar to those found in CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT, which is 25 miles to the west.

HISTORY

Mormon scouts visited the area in the 1850’s,to gauge its potential for agricultural development and settlement.  Army Major John Wesley Powell surveyed the area in 1872.

Ebenezer Bryce, who was sent by the Mormon Church to homestead the area, reputedly thought the ampitheaters were “a helluva place to lose a cow.”

A combination of drought, overgrazing and flooding drove the Paiutes from the area.  Bryce moved his family to Arizona in 1880.

170 species of birds visit the park each year.  The mule deer, cougars and coyotes migrate to lower elevations each year.

Numerour hiking grails are provided in the park.  The park includes two campgrouinds, North Campground and Sunset Campground.  Bryce Canyon Lodge is also available.

Bryce Canyon, along with Arches, Zions amd Bridges are all excellent places to hike, so put on your hiking boots,and LETS GO HIKING !!!!!!

 

8 thoughts on “THE PARKS OF SOUTHERN UTAH”

  1. Thank you for your informative post about the parks of Southern Utah. It is obviously an area which you really love. The landscape certainly does look amazing, and I would think that it would be a great place to visit.

    Unfortunately I’m afraid that it is extremely unlikely that I will be able to do so, as so far I have never visited the United Staes at all, as I live in the UK, but I feel sure that anyone who does live in the US would like to out the parks of Southern Utah on their wish list.

    I really enjoyed reading your post.

    Chrissie 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for the insightful comment Chrissie.  I surely hope you get to visit the U.S. some day.  Put it on your bucket list !   I visited London a few years ago.  I went with my 2 daughters and they paid y way.  Because finances were an issue, we went in the middle  of winter, and it was COLD !.  But a fascinating country and I woud love to go back when it is warmer.

  2. The  USA host a lot of beautiful parks although I have not really done much research or findings on them but this review as given me more indept knowledge about Utah parks, the review made me to understand alots about Arches National monument, national bridges monument, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon Park, all these are wonderful place to hike  Thsbks for this great job

    1. Thanks so much for the kind comment Imbrahim.  I could not help but wonder where you live.  I certainly hope you can visit Utah some day, if you are a nature lover, you will love the scenery.

  3. Hi Janice, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I heard about Utah but honestly, I did not know a lot about it. My wish is to go there in the summer with my family. My wife will be happy to read about this place, am I alloweed to share it on my Pinterest profile?

  4. I have some friends hailing from the Utah area and what I observe with them, they’re religious and God-fearing people. It’s no wonder why the place or several places in Utah are named with Biblical relation like for example, Zion National Park. I’d like to visit the place one of these days, and also the businesses my friends have. Most of these friends of mine produce natural food supplements that are created for longevity, and the products reached the Philippines through their direct sales business model. I happen to be one of their distributors and every year they have this promo where the company sponsors a tour for top performing distributors to visit Utah, and this year, I’ll try my best to get qualified so I can visit these beautiful places in Southern Utah.

    1. Oh Gomer, what an interesting comment.  And how cool that you are a distributor with a chance to visit Utah.  Of coure, I recommend the Southeastern part of Utah, as that is the home of Arches National Monument and Dead Horse Point.  Thanks again Gomer.

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