Zion National Park.

Southwestern Utah.

Established in 1919.

    “Magnificent gorge (Zion Canyon), depth from 800 to 2,000 feet, with precipitous walls—of great beauty and scenic interest.”           National Park Service report, 1920

The Zion Canyon Road was completed to the Temple on Sinawava in 1925. A one-mile hike leads to The Narrows, a narrow, deep canyon carved by the Virgin River.

Angels Landing rises 1,600 feet above Zion Canyon. A hiking trail to the top was opened in 1926.

   “The main road to the park is about 4 miles in extent and constitutes a branch of the Arrowhead Trail. Because of the fact that this is a new spot in the scenic world, appropriations have been very meager. However, the road is very good compared to other earth roads”

                                                National Park Service report, 1920


John H. Clark Collection

The Utah Parks Company, a subsidiary of the Union Pacific Railroad, was formed in 1923 to provide travel services to Zion, Bryce Canyon, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The images above are hand-tinted “lantern slides,” used by the company to promote their travel services.

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