Images from Zion National Park.

December 1-11, 2002

A refuge indeed. For artists down through the millenia, Zion National Park has been a beautiful and inspirational geographic area. The park and its 229 square miles lies within the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces.

Man's occupation of the area can be dated as far back as 6000 years. Read more about human history in the park region by clicking this link.

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The sandstone cliffs in Zion National Park are among the highest on earth. This image of Angels Landing is a great example of what that means.Go to the official Zion National Park website for more about the park.

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Scott chose to make a drawing at Hidden Canyon. One can imagine ancient Anasazi indians using the canyon to travel from the lower elevations to the higher plateaus. It is believed that they lived mostly on cultivated foods. Long droughts and sudden floods helped to convince the tribes to leave the area. They were replaced by more mobile individuals who travelled the Zion area as the seasons changed.

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Only one hundred and fifty miles east of Las Vegas, Zion National Park shows it's own array of color and scenery. This drawing was made in the Temple of Sinawava, named for an ancient Indian God. Untold years of erosion have made Zion into a maze of canyons and fast running streams. Scott captures the colors of the park with his own pallette of signature hues.

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One of the more popular places in the park is a geological area called "The Narrows". The Virgin River has cut a gorge into
Zion Canyon that is 16 miles long and up to 2000 feet deep. The gorge is called the narrows because in some places it's only twenty to thirty feet wide. In this image we see that Scott has set up his easel to capture the grand entrance to The Narrows.

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