It was love at first sight when I met Utah’s Zion National Park. With its massive, rock behemoths and soothing-sounding, dripping-water canyons that sprout green ferns seemingly out of solid stone, it is one of the most exquisite and soul-stirring spots in the world. I’m certainly not alone in my estimation of the place; Zion is one of the most visited national parks in the United States.
The manifestation of the indomitable will of life to burst up through all odds surrounds you in Zion. Enveloped by gigantic, stone walls, mule deer walk through cottonwood trees along the Virgin River. Bighorn sheep clack across hard-packed mesas, while California condors and peregrine falcons float past rock-framed windows on the skies. Wild turkeys graze the beds of ancient and long-gone lakes; and the musically descending, liquid notes of hard-to-see canyon wrens reverberate in natural sound chambers and roll down around your shoulders.
The holidays are a time to think about those who you call family, good friends and the things in your life that you love. That’s why my thoughts are with Zion National Park—and all our national parks and monuments—today. I hope you, too, will take a few minutes during this busy season to consider the places that hold a special meaning for you.
To get you started, watch the short film below. Produced by More than Just Parks and titled Zion 8K, it’s a visually stunning journey through a thoroughly spellbinding park. To create this video, the filmmakers spent 24 days exploring Zion National Park during peak fall color. Some of the locations included are: Kolob Canyons, Lava Point, The Narrows, Taylor Creek, the Temple of Sinawava and Wildcat Canyon.
If a small bit of peace and reverence—items that seem in short supply today—are what you need right now, you’ll certainly find them here, in Zion.