Sanctuary in the Desert
64 pages. Oversized 10”x13”
This stunningly beautiful, oversized Zion book is lavishly illustrated with breathtaking color imagery by America’s leading landscape photographers. In addition to the stunning photography, the book also includes detailed maps of the park and region and insightful, heartfelt narratives detailing the park’s natural and human histories.
Although it gets all the press, Zion Canyon is just a fraction of a park that might better be described as a giant outdoor museum, preserving some of the world’s most extraordinary geological, archaeological, and natural resources. The heart and soul of Zion, though, is the Virgin River, whose North Fork rises to the northeast near Cedar Breaks. The river eats its way through the southern Markagunt Plateau, then conjoins with the East Fork in Zion Canyon downstream from Parunuweap Canyon.
…Although only a tiny fraction of Utah is contained within the park, 85 percent of the state’s flora and fauna species are found here, including 800 plant species, 289 bird species, and 75 mammal species. this can partly be explained by the park’s 4,000 to 9,000 foot elevation span, which takes in low-desert scrub, mid-elevation chaparral, and sub-alpine evergreen forests.
—From “Zion: Sanctuary in the Desert” by Nicky Leach
Zion: Sanctuary in the Desert
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