Jessica Zion National Park English Language Arts SixthGrade 3rd Hour Zion National Park is the place to be, if you visit Zion you aregoing to want to see the beautiful hidden caves, waterfalls, and thewildlife. Zion is located along the edge of a region called the ColoradoPlateau. The rock layers in the park have been uplifted, tilted, anderoded, forming a feature called the Grand Staircase, a series ofcolorful cliffs stretching between Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon.Zion is 146,592 acres of breath taking landscape. Have you been to Zion National Park? Which by the way, wasvoted #1 Park of the year in 2009. Some tourist attractions at Zion National Park are the rock wallsthat sometimes tower as high as 3,000 feet, and in some places almoststraight up and down. Zion contains many interesting rock formationsthat came to be the way they are today by erosion. Zion Canyon is one
of the main features of the park. It is about 10 miles long and from 1/2miles to less than 50 feet wide. Some rock formations range in colorfrom dark red and orange to light purple and pink. Also feel free tovisit some of the more popular locations at Zion which are the VirginRiver, Angles Landing and many other hidden caves and caverns. The canyons walls ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. To really seethe beautiful sites of Zion, you need to walk among the toweringcliffs, or challenge your courage in a small narrow canyon. Some fascinating facts about Zion National Park are, an areafrom Zion to the Rocky Mountains, forces within the earth started topush the ground up. This was not a drastic uplift, but very slowly theearth started bringing huge blocks of the Earth’s crust up. Zion’selevation rose from near sea level to as high as 10,000 feet above sealevel.The Uplift is still occurring. In 1992 a 5.8 magnitude earthquakecaused a landslide visible just outside the south entrance of the park inSpringdale. (Springdale is the nearest city to Zion.) Wondering what your going to see on the boardwalk of Zion? Thissection will help you figure out the significance of some of these plants
and animals. Changing elevations, temperature ranges, and varyingamounts of sun and water, as well as species from the Colorado Plateau,Basin and Range, and Mojave Desert, all create a numerous amount ofhabitats within the park for the little and not so little animals of Zion.Zion National Park has a diversity of plant communities, supportingmore than 900 species of plants. Most of the animals in the lowerelevations are those of the desert are small creatures such as lizardsand snakes, kangaroo rats, rabbits, and squirrels. As the elevationincreases, watch for prairie dogs, beavers, Bighorn sheep, and muledeer. In the high forests of Zion Canyon, keep an eye out for elk,pronghorn, and, possibly,if your lucky, a black bear. Thanks for reading! Now you know what beautiful sights,fascinating wildlife, and interesting history there is at Zion NationalPark. So what are you waiting for!? Go visit the beautiful sights of ZionNational Park.