May 8th, 2019
Zion National Park, Utah
Zion National Park
Humans first began to inhabit the region now known as Zion National Park around 8,000 years ago, with the Mormons showing up in the late 1850s. In 1909, President William Howard Taft named the area Mukuntuweap National Monument in order to protect the canyon from development. In 1918, upon the creation of the National Park Service, the acting director of this new agency proposed renaming the area as Zion National Monument because:
"The name change played to a prevalent bias of the time. Many believed that Spanish and Indian names would deter visitors who, if they could not pronounce the name of a place, might not bother to visit it. The new name, Zion, had greater appeal to an ethnocentric audience."
Finally, in 1919, the monument was elevated in status to Zion National Park by President Woodrow Wilson.
Zion is the fourth most-visited national park in the United States. What are the first three (in order, of course)?
Here are some of the photos we took today.
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