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Fortress of Zion

“Zion is an ancient Hebrew word that stands for place of peace and refuge”

It’s commonplace within the West and Southwest to think of Zion National Park when this particular “zed” word is mentioned. But what moved early Mormon settlers to name this sacred land Zion Canyon? History teaches us that Zion was  a hill or ridge line within Israel, that was captured by King David. This area became a stronghold for the triumphant Israelites, and eventually became a synonym for the city of Jerusalem; even all of Israel. THIS page has more detail. The interesting thing is that the word “zion” isn’t even Hebrew. Digging deeper, we find roots within Arabic language as well. In all, the exalted word can mean many things: from fortress, Utopia, and protect, to words such as engrafted, place of dryness, or simply a place without sea. Read more HERE.

Canyon Overlook peers into the gorgeous depths of Zion NP. Springdale, UT

No matter what it’s true root meaning, it’s hard to miss why early Mormon settlers considered this beautiful rock fortress a sacred place. While driving toward the National Park from any angle, arid vistas dominate the landscape. Suddenly, monstrous red, pink, and cream colored canyon walls burst up from the desert hills. The Virgin River moves confidently through the dry tundra, giving life to brilliant cottonwood groves. Even during winter months, Zion sees mild temperatures. In short, early settlers and conservationists aptly named the Utah spectacle that brings in more than 3 million visitors each year. Read more HERE.

Check back later this week for more details and images from © Rodeonexis Photography…brought to you by Jeremy Weir

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