Zion National Park

Updated, October 4, 2021 by contributing editors

Zion National Park has lodging, camping, and dining facilities; reservations are recommended for lodging and dining. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Amenities like shopping, laundry, and gifts are located in the nearby town of Springdale.

This page posted on Memorial Day 2014, is dedicated to the military soldiers who have who died while serving in the country’s armed forces, and those who today continue the fight to preserve freedom.

Services and Information Links

Lodging reservations & information: Link to Zion National Park Lodge

Dining reservations & information: Link to Dining information

Camping prices and information: Link to Camping information

Activity / park fee info, is found on the National Park Service pages: Link to Zion “Things to do”


Zion National Park has a mythical world ambiance; as you drive or hike thru the National Park most of the natural scenery is viewed while looking up.

Zion Canyon as seen from the top of Angels Landing

Zion’s Main Canyon (courtesy of TripAdvisor) .


Conventional knowledge states that of the Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce National Parks geological strata, represent of a thousand million years of history. ” The story of Zion begins where that of Grand Canyon ends, and ends where that of Bryce begins”.
The actual age of the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas is in dispute. Biblical accounts of a world wide flood could also have contributed to the transfer of sediment throughout the three National Parks.


Close up view of Checkerboard Mesa; Zion National Park

After entering the east entrance of Zion, this cone shaped Checkerboard Mesa sandstone hill comes into view. The checkerboard facade is formed primarily by water. The vertical lines are gravity enhanced water flow channels, and the horizontal lines are formed when water catches in the strata lines and freezes.


The Redwall Limestone is soft, and erosional. Light bouncing off of the Navajo Sandstone enhances the different colors of the iron rich cliffs towering above the park motor road.


The Great West Wall, Beehives (above), and The Sentinel (right) as seen from Zion-Mount Carmel Highway.
A 1956 Picture taken of the Great West Wall in Zion National Park.

The Great West Wall, Beehives (above), and The Sentinel (right) as seen from Zion-Mount Carmel Highway.
2014 The Great West Wall of Zion over half a century later.
In over 1/2 a century the tree growth and lay of the land seems to still be the same, geologic erosion does not seem to be apparent, but today we can zoom in on the features of the Great West Wall, and see a new or old geological formation that we will call the Combat Warrior, a keeper of freedom.


Nature's exfoliation process has sculptured a cameo image of our nations Freedom Keeper on the Zion Canyon walls. Can you see it?
The Bee Hives are not the only formation in this picture. Can you see the silhouette?
Outline of combat soldier and helmet as seen on the cliff walls of Zion National Park
Combat Warrior, The Freedom Keeper of the World.
Nature has sculptured a cameo image of our nations Freedom Keeper on the Great West Wall in Zion National Park. On the left is a close up photo of the Combat Warrior, on the right is an sketched outline of the image.
What a great way to honor the military veterans who have who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. On this Memorial Day, we also wish to show respect to those who today, continue the fight to preserve our constitution and the freedom of each individual.


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Last approved on October 4, 2021 by stevemoss