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Great White Throne

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Great White Throne - Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah

Photo by Scott Dommin
Scott Dommin Photography

   When geologist Clarence Dutton described the extraordinary wonders of today’s Zion in 1880, the population back in the East dismissed the writings as another exaggerated tale from the West. The stories were true, and in less than 30 years this rugged southwestern land became Utah’s first national park. Today, Zion National Park is Utah’s most popular park and still flaunts its grand scenery, ranging from Zion Canyon to one of the most recognized park features, a white sandstone monolith called the Great White Throne. Rising more than 2400 feet above the canyon floor, the Great White Throne has thoroughly impressed its visitors for centuries.
   The names Angels Landing, Zion, and Temple of Sinawava give a strong indication that a good many park features reflect biblical names. Some of the first canyon visitors were Mormon settlers, describing the majestic scenery as awe inspiring. Continuing the tradition, the name, Great White Throne, was given by a Methodist minister visitor Frederick Fisher.
   Because of Zion Canyon's spectacular scenery, its extreme popularity, and narrow canyon road, access is provided by park shuttle bus service. Stops include the Court of the Patriarchs Viewpoint, Zion Lodge, The Grotto, Angels Landing Trailhead, and the Temple of Sinawava. Here in the canyon, Zion displays its showcase of geology, a diverse range of wildlife, and some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. One visit will easily convey why this is one of the top tourist destinations in the Southwest.

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