Greetings from Zion National Park

My trip to Zion reignited my passion for our country’s national parks with its beauty and challenging hiking trails. My first hike was the Angel’s Landing Trail. At 53 years of age, and two knee surgeries in the previous year, I questioned my ability to make it to the top. The challenge of the climb was absolutely worth it! I was also very impressed with a young woman with a 2-3 month old baby girl in a front pouch who also climbed to the top, with her baby girl laughing and smiling the whole way up! The hour spent at the top enjoying the view was one of the happiest experiences of my life.

Sincerely,
Valerie

Zion National Park

Free-flowing rivers cut through multi-hued sedimentary rock to form Zion's deep and spectacular canyons. Park trails lead visitors to dramatic rock formations, hanging gardens, scenic vistas, ancient rock art and natural arches. People have lived in Zion’s landscape for at least 8,000 years, and the park's prehistoric art and artifacts tell the stories of the area’s previous inhabitants. The park also provides habitat for a variety of wildlife and large mammals, hardy desert plants like cholla and juniper, and rare and threatened birds like the peregrine falcon, California condor and Mexican spotted owl.

State(s): Utah

Established: 1909

“I want my two daughters and four grandchildren to have the same opportunity to experience the joy and beauty of places like Angel’s Landing.”

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