Zion National Park, located in Utah state, is the thor most popular National Park in the entire United States. Centrally located near Springdale, the park is located in southern Utah and is close to both the Arizona and Nevada borders.
The Park’s History
Once called the Mukuntuweap National Monument, the present day Zion National Park actually has no recorded “founding date.” The park was declared a Us National Monument, however, in 1909 by president William Howard Taft. Taft’s intentions were to preserve the main canyon through which the Virgin River flows, and for our luck and the environment’s luck, that passing of the law worked! The main canyon in the park is still there, undisturbed, today!
The Park’s Popularity
According to Via Travelers, “In 1914, when Zion National Park was still Mukuntuweap National Monument, only about 300 people came to see the majestic canyon. The first year that park officials kept visitation statistics was 1919, and in that year, 1,814 visitors traveled to Zion National Park. Nearly 100 years later, in 2017, over four million people visited the park, dwarfing those early visitor numbers. Only the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and the Great Smoky Mountains see more annual visitors. In fact, the park welcomes so many visitors that Zion travel is damaging the fragile and historic landscape. A reduced budget led to fewer park rangers, leaving more tourists to wander off the trail, leaving unofficial (and harmful) footpaths all over the canyon. However, park officials have preserved the landscape with timed entry reservations and other limitations”
The Park’s Size
Current day National Park encompasses 229 square mile of land. Including sandstone canyons, stunning rock formations, plateaus, and rivers, the parks landscape is more vast than the eye can see and more stunning than the heart can imagine. President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation that expanded the park’s size by almost 77,000 acres.
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