UTAH. The park's unique geography is a result of the Virgin River slicing through thousands of feet of layered Navajo sandstone to create the dramatic and steep-walled Zion Canyon. Originating from snow-drifts resting along the 9,000-foot-high Markagunt Plateau, the Virgin River flows through a landscape of high plateaus, sheer canyons, and monolithic cliffs.
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Grand Canyon - One of the seven natural wonders. The park is divided between the South and North Rims which are ten miles apart as the crow flies, a 21 mile Rim to Rim hike across the canyon or a staggering 220 miles apart by car, or take a helicopter ride through the oldest canyon formation which began about 17 million years ago.
Petrified Forest - Wood turned to stone. Petrified logs dating back 225 million years ago, giant reptiles called phytosaurs and early dinosaurs are among the fossils that are found inside this historical park. Some original stem cells remain allowing scientists to study the now extinct species.
Saguaro - The native saguaro cactus found in the park grows to be between 20 and 50 feet tall and the average lifespan is 250 years and each cactus has the capacity to hold up to 2,000 lbs of water and produces over 40 million seeds! Prehistoric rock art, petroglyphs, are found in the park which was created by the Hohokam people. Hohokam Rock Art is thought to be from around 1500 C.E.
Hot Springs - Hot Springs National Park isn’t your traditional national park. It resides in an urban setting in Arkansas in a town bearing its name. Even so, it has 26 miles of trails, picnic areas, scenic drives, and backcountry camping. However, the main attractions are the historical bathhouses on the bath row and the various geothermal hot springs surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains.
Yosemite - The third park in the National Park System and one of the first areas of land to be granted protection under law. It is the size of Rhode Island, Yosemite is 95% percent wilderness territory boasting mountainous terrain with a Mediterranean climate, interspersed with valleys, waterfalls, impressive cliffs, Lyell Glacier, old-growth and coniferous forests, foothill chaparrals, 1,600 miles of streams, 800 miles of hiking trails, and thousands of lakes and ponds dotting the landscape.
Joshua Tree - Two deserts, the Mojave Desert and Colorado Desert, collide to form the unpredictable environment of 800,000 acre Joshua Tree National Park. A park known for its sprawl of six mountain ranges and the odd, yet beautiful Joshua Tree, its harsh climate offers up an exuberant display of wildflowers each spring.