A March 2005 trip
to Zion National Park by Wasatch
Quote: Park literature explains, in line with the first Mormon settlers, that "Zion" means "a place of refuge." But the dictionary has a second, better definition - "a place of perfection." If it weren’t so hellishly hot in the summer, we would live in this oasis of green and great red cliffs.
Attraction | "Bad News for 2010 "
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2010
Pros: They offer low prices. There are great views in the evening (see Zion and the sun – a study in light and shadow), and it is clean and reasonably comfortable. There is a small pool.
Cons: It’s somewhat noisy, street, water system, slamming doors, but these noises are well covered up by the even noisier A/C. They offer basic accommodations in an older motel building. Window curtains do not fully darken the room, but the morning sun doesn’t clear the cliff to the east until after 9am. There is a small pool.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 23, 2005
Terrance Brook Inn
990 Zion Park Blvd.
Zion National Park, Utah 84767
Hotel | "Bumbleberry Inn"
Pros: They offer low off-season rates. It is quiet and far back from the highway and offers nicely furnished and comfortable rooms. There are good views, especially from the upper-floor and river-view rooms. It is right in the heart of town, not that that matters much.
Cons: The smallish rooms are a little crowded.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2005
P.O. Box 346
Zion National Park, Utah 84767
Hotel | "Super 8"
Hurricane is 25 miles from Zion National Park on Utah’s scenic Route 9. The advantage of staying in Hurricane is much lower prices for lodging and food. The disadvantage is being 25 miles away from Zion, but it is a trade-off worth considering since the road is a scenic, rewarding drive.
Pros: They have terrific low-season rates. It is in a very quiet setting and far back from the highway. There is a nice view in the south-facing rooms, especially the upper-floor ones. They offer clean, comfortable rooms.
Cons: It is certainly not luxury.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2005
Super 8 Hurricane/Zion National Park
65 S 700 West
Hurricane, Utah 84737
Hotel | "Comfort Inn, Hurricane"
Hurricane is 25 miles from Zion National Park on Utah’s scenic Route 9. The advantage of staying in Hurricane is much lower prices for lodging and food. The disadvantage is being 25 miles away from Zion, but it is a trade- off worth considering since the road is a scenic, rewarding drive.
Pros: This is a typical Comfort Inn most of the time, with low rates. They have a small pool and hot tub (outdoors), a miniature golf course, and a barbeque grill in the back. It is close to a golf course.
Cons: It is too close to the highway, so there is highway noise. Quality control is not so good. A 48-hour cancellation notice is required.
Comfort Inn Hurricane
43 North 2600 West
Zion National Park, Utah 84737
Hotel | "Day's Inn- Hurricane"
The Day’s Inn is an inexpensive, fairly spartan motel in a cheaply constructed building that is fairly noisy. Insist on a room as far away from the highway as possible.
Days Inn Hurricane/Zion National Park
40 North 2600 West
Hurricane, Utah 84737
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2006
Zion Park Lodge
Zion National Park, Utah 84767
Restaurant | "Spotted Dog Cafe or Flannigan's Inn"
The elk, buffalo, and beef-tenderloin meatloaf holds its own against all comers. We just wish it were served with more of the superb sauce (at this level, meatloaf comes with sauce, not gravy). The accompanying green beans were almost perfect, the best we have yet encountered in Utah, where the norm is to overcook them in cheap places and undercook them in high-priced joints to show they are above café fare. Glazed carrots were done to perfection. Then came the roast potatoes, nicely seasoned with rosemary and garlic, but ruined by too much pepper.
Our first dinner was so good, we returned the next night. C ordered the smoked trout and a Caesar salad, plenty for a light meal. This time, the trout revealed some inconsistency in the kitchen, as the pita toast was not as crisp as the night before, but still, even 2 days in a row, a knockout dish.
I had braised lamb shank, with nice meat that fell short only in comparison to the incredible lamb shank served at Park City’s Goldner Hirsch. Having been put off by the potatoes the night before, I asked the waiter to substitute green beans. After such success with the advice of the waitress the previous night, I took his suggestion to replace them with an extra serving of the mixed vegetable that also accompanied the lamb. Big mistake. Not only were these cooked veggies almost as overly loaded with pepper as were the potatoes, but they were also unevenly cooked and cold in spots and hot in others – bummer.
Bottom line: if you like spicy food, you’ll love Flannigan’s if you can overlook the occasional flaws that creep in, which aren’t that serious, except for the pepper dose. If you don’t like spicy food, insist on green beans or carrots as your vegetables.
Although right on the main street close to park entrance, the restaurant is a little hard to find since it seems it can’t make up its mind as to what its name is. I’ve seen it called Flannigan’s Inn, Blind Dog Café, and Spotted Dog Café in various guidebooks. The sign over the main entrance says Flannigan’s, and the sign facing the street says Spotted Dog Café. Prices are very reasonable for this high level of quality in a tourist-trap town.
Flanigan's Inn Spa & Restaurant
428 Zion Park Boulevard
Zion National Park, Utah 84767
Restaurant | "Sol Market and Café"
Seating: There are outdoor tables in both the front and back and an inside dining room. Eating outside is a must in nice weather.
For breakfast, we usually get a yogurt in Sol Market and eat outside in the sun, but Sol Café serves traditional breakfast items at slightly lower prices than most restaurants in town.
Finding the Sol Café: From the park, go to the visitor center. Walk between the visitor center and the restroom buildings toward the visitor’s center parking lot. Turn right, toward Springdale, at the sidewalk at the edge of the parking lot; exit the park at the entrance station; cross the bridge; and there you are.
From Springdale (Route 9), take the free city shuttle bus to the park terminus, and there you are. Driving, turn in at the entrance to the Imax Theater. The theater is on the right, and Sol Market & Café is on the left.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 29, 2005
Sol Market and Café
Zion National Park, Utah
Zion has five distinct areas:
1) Kolob Canyons, on the west side of the park off I-15 – a 6-mile (one-way) scenic road that leads into the heart of the Kolob Canyons region. The road and its many pullovers provide endless views of great red-rock cliffs lining several side canyons, sometimes topped with a frosting of fresh snow and almost always crowned with the bluest blue sky we have ever seen.
2) Kolob Terrace high country encompasses most of the park’s 230 square miles. One road, mostly paved, provides access to the park’s long trails, but the scenery from the road itself, while it would make a grand sight almost anywhere else, is third-class for Zion.
3) The rim country, accessible by a long hike from Kolob Terrace or by climbing 2,000 to 3,000 feet straight up from Zion Canyon, has grand views of the canyon and of the high country.
4) Zion Canyon, an 8-mile long road (one-way) along the Virgin River, is what Zion is all
about. The canyon is a great gash in the white, yellow, and red sandstone carved by the river. Widening to a half-mile at Zion Lodge, the canyon closes in to only 30 yards wide at The Start of the Narrows. In the Narrows themselves, the canyon narrows to 16 feet. Since 5,000 cars a day compete for the 420 canyon parking spaces in summer, everybody rides shuttle buses from the park entrance at Springdale. The road is open from November to March, which is a great time to visit.
5) Route 9 from US 189 to I-15 is one of the most scenic roads in the world. Personally, we think it is the most scenic.
Zion has a wonderful collection of hikes and walks. Some are flat and paved, some involve moderate climbs, and some, well, the Angles Landing Trail climbs 1,500 feet in 2.5 miles. The last 500 feet includes a chain for you hang onto. Sometimes it doesn’t work. Last year, a Boy Scout took the fatal plunge.
Zion is open all year. Summer is the most popular but worst time to visit, as it is hot (100° to 110°F) and crowded, and the waterfalls are at minimum flow. Fall brings nice colors to the leaves in the canyon floor. Spring is best for waterfalls and wildflowers. Even winter can be stunning. We have hiked in Zion on December 27 wearing shorts and T-shirts. Lucky visitors will experience a rare snowfall frosting the ledges or low clouds in the canyon shrouding the great cliffs in an aura of mystery.
1) The park calls it River Walk. We call it the trail to The Start of the Narrows. Here, at the upper end of Zion Canyon, the rim is only 1,800 feet above the trail, but the canyon narrows rapidly to only 30 yards wide at the end of the paved trail, leaving an unmistakable feeling of claustrophobia.
The adventurous can continue another 16 miles through the Narrows, a hike involving considerable wading in the river, and you must arranged for a pick-up at the upstream end or walk back. The Narrows come down to a canyon only 16 feet wide, with 1,500-feet high cliffs soaring above, and there is no exit from start to finish.
2) Pa’rus Trail (walking, bicycles, wheelchairs, and pets) runs up the canyon for over 1 mile from the visitor center to a shuttle bus stop just the other side of where the trail goes under the highway bridge. Walk round-trip or ride back. River Walk is in the narrowest part of the canyon, Pa’rus is the widest (Okay, technically, Zion Lodge is at the widest, but the steeper cliffs around the lodge make the visitor center area look more open).
We found Pa’rus Trail to be the best place in the park to see flowering cacti in the spring (May to early June).
3) Grotto Trail connects Zion Lodge and The Grotto (picnic ground). Unlike most park trails, Grotto Trail runs close to the road, but traffic is sparse.
1) Emerald Pools -- By a small margin, the trip to Middle Emerald Pool is our favorite hike in Zion, especially near sunset in the spring or fall. Spring, May to June, brings wild flowers to trail crosses to Lower Emerald Pool. Around the first of November, the fall foliage changes, and the Lower Emerald Pool Trail runs under a canopy of red and yellow leaves.
2) Watchman Trail – A 2-miles route that climbs 850 feet, and you get excellent open views of the entrance to Zion. It is a very gradual canyon climb.
3) Weeping Rock -- where water oozes out of the cliff. It is moderately steep, like climbing stairs.
4) The Court of the Patriarch’s viewpoint -- a very short hike climbing about one flight of stairs from the east side of the bus stop to a better view of this side canyon than is seen from the road.
Dawn and sundown create fascinating patterns of shadow and light, revealing cracks and fissures in the cliffs that tend to disappear from sight under direct light. Also, the softer light of dawn and sunset bring out the best in the rock colors on the illuminated canyon wall.
Sunset wins over dawn for the views of (1) The Great White Throne from the Big Bend parking lot, the bus stop between Weeping Rock and the Temple of Sinawava, and (2) the views of the shadows creeping up the opposite canyon wall from Middle Emerald Pool.
Looking downstream from the Big Bend parking lot reveals the Great White Throne, an isolated block of white rock framed in a U-shaped saddle in the red-rock canyon wall. Near sunset, the saddle goes into shadow, turning inky black, while the sun shines directly on the dazzling Great White Throne, as stark and stunning a contrast in lighting as there is anywhere in Mother Nature.
The Watchman, a great craggy cliff standing guard over the entrance to Zion Canyon, is last to fade into the evening shadows, and then watching the evening shadows creep up and around the blood-red rock is another of our favorites at Zion. It’s best seen from the Visitor’s Center.
Dawn offers impressive views from Canyon Overlook, Zion Lodge, and the lower reaches of the trail to Hidden Canyon, and the Watchman Trail. One of our favorite views of the park is a short ways up the Hidden Canyon Trail. From the Weeping Rock bus stop, cross the footbridge and bear straight ahead. Do not take the left turn for the Weeping Rock Trail. Climb almost to the first switchback along the trail, then turn around and look at the opposite canyon wall. There are small signs marking the trails just across the footbridge.
Sunrise visits to Zion are especially pleasant in the summer, when temperatures regularly soar to 100-110 degrees, and while there is truth to the claim that dry desert heat is more easily tolerated, once it gets to 105, it is hot, even if it is dry. Mornings are pleasantly cool, 20-35 degrees cooler than the heat of the day, and the east canyon wall throws a shadow across the valley. Both sunrise and sunset are enjoyable from Pa’rus and River Walk trails.
Dawn and sunset have special meaning in Zion Canyon. Sunrise is around 11am. Sunset starts about 3pm, and both take hours to complete, a time of ever-changing patterns of light and shadow on the great cliffs.
Both walls of the canyon are in sunlight for only a few hours at midday.
Another otherwise excellent IgoUgo journal’s account of the Emerald Pools is marred by insufficient experience with the geography. Since there are several ways to do this hike, understanding the geography helps decide how best to do it. The Emerald Pools are located up a side canyon almost directly in front of Zion Lodge. A waterfall from a ledge about 150 feet above the valley floor creates Lower Emerald Pool. The side canyon continues at the top of this ledge. Middle Emerald Pool is on the top of the ledge; Upper Emerald Pool and the Upper Falls are further up the side canyon. The ledge provides a wonderful view of the canyon and valley below, but no view of Lower Falls.
There are three ways to reach the ledge: take the Kayenta Trail from the Grotto (bus stop) Take either the Lower Emerald Pool Trail (paved) or the Middle Emerald Pool Trail from the parking lot across the road from Zion Lodge. We prefer the Lower Emerald Pool Trail because it brings views of the Lower Falls, then you walk behind the falls, up the side of the cliff through a passage between giant boulders, join the Kayenta Trail, and arrive on the ledge at Middle Emerald Pool (it is also well-shaded, something to remember on summer visit).
The Middle Emerald Pool Trail zigzags up the main scree pile at the base of the cliff and goes directly to the top of the ledge without passing behind the Lower Falls.
From the parking lot across the street from Zion Lodge, take the footbridge across the Virgin River. On the other side, the trail forks, the paved Lower Emerald Pool trail to the right, the Middle Pool trail to the left.. Caution: the Sand Bench Trail also begins to the left, so watch for the sign marking the turn off for the Middle Pool Trail. If you go to the right, you can’t get on a wrong trail.
From the top of the ledge, there is a trail to the Upper Pool and Falls, and a choice of three ways back down– Lower Pool, Kayenta, or Middle Pool trails.
Among our favorite spots in the park is the view of the Lower Falls from the Lower Emerald Pool Trail. The setting and view from the top of the ledge (Middle Emerald Pool) is our favorite place. We find a comfortable spot to sit and just take it in for 30-45 minutes. My wife insists that I never outgrew hyperactivity, so a view stunning enough to get me to sit still for half an hour is way beyond something special.
To return, having explored all the options, we almost descend by the Lower Emerald Pool Trail. The Middle Pool and Kayenta trails provide more expansive views of the canyon, but the views of the Lower Falls and the of the canyon framed by the side cliffs and seen through the trees is magnificent, and entirely different from what we see on the way up.
Warning: Winter floods in 2005 wiped out parts of the Lower Pool Trail. The paved path to the base of the falls is predicted to reopen in April 2005, but the passage on up to the top of the ledge is close for the rest of the year.
From the east, Route 9 climbs to the Zion Plateau, with views of mountains and red-rock canyons below. If you, when you reach the summit, look back the way you came, you can see the White Cliffs, one of the steps of the Grand Staircase. Shortly after entering Zion National Park, the road enters its most scenic stretch – an odd landscape of red, white, orange, and brown petrified sand dunes. Expect to go about 15 miles an hour here to fully appreciate the view and take advantage of the many turnouts for closer views and to let faster traffic pass.
Next, the road enters Zion Tunnel for the decent into Zion Canyon. RVs should expect delays and a $15 to $25 toll for a tunnel escort. When you see bright spots on the road ahead inside the tunnel, slow down and look to the right out the tunnel widows, one of which provides the only close-up view in the park of the Great Arch of Zion.
Exiting the tunnel, the road commences a steep decent with sharp turns along the face of a red-rock cliff of Navajo Sandstone, the basic building material of Zion Canyon. Upon reaching the canyon floor, the road heads out the mouth of Zion Canyon and begins its passage across the plateau country, with the Pine Mountains (up to 10,000 feet of elevation) looming ahead at the end of Route 9. From time to time, there are deposits of lumpy black rock mixed in the red, white, and orange rock of the plateaus. This black rock is a volcanic lava flow that intruded into the sandstone millennia ago. The short 1.5-mile, one-way dirt road leading to the La Verkin or Hurricane Overlook is worth the detour. Perched about 1,500 feet above the floor of the Hurricane Gap, a rift valley, you look across the gap to the Pine Mountains soaring almost 8,000 feet above the valley floor. At the bottom of the hill, the rock becomes almost blood-red in color.
Route 9 ends at I-15, about 2.5 hours from Las Vegas. You might see some Joshua Trees and an odd cactus near the end of Route 9.
Notable features seen driving west to east that are not seen going from east to west:
After reaching the top of the hill above La Verkin, there are occasional views of the Towers of Zion as you approach the park. About at Rockville, the road reaches the entrance of Zion Canyon, and the great cliffs gradually and grandly close in on the highway. Entering Springdale, the skyline to the southeast is dominated by the Watchman, one of Zion’s most notable formations.
Leaving the park’s east entrance, a panorama of cliffs and mountains appears ahead, with good but distant views of the White Cliffs, one of the steps of the Grand Staircase. Upon reaching US 189 and the end of Route 9, the Grand Canyon is 2 hours to the right, Bryce Canyon is 1 hour to the left, and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park & Federal Recreation Area (ATVs) is about a half-hour to the right.
Get out at all the bus stops. Each offers surprisingly different views of cliffs and canyon, and all are flat. April to October (when cars are not allowed on the road), walk on the road to the next bus stop or take a short round-trip from each bus stop.
Visit the visitor center and the museum (the old visitor center), which has great views from the back porch.
The Court of the Patriarchs Viewpoint: A very short hike climbs about one flight of stairs from the east side of the bus stop to a better view of the side canyon than is seen from the road.
Sit awhile on the benches on the Great Lawn of Zion Lodge.
Eat outdoors at the snack bar near Zion Lodge or at Oscar’s Café or Café Sol in Springdale.
Two paved flat trails on the canyon floor are not much more of a strain than walking a city sidewalk and suitable for wheelchairs. We have also seen wheelchair visitors on the Lower Emerald Pool Trail (see entry).
1) The park calls it River Walk. We call it the trail to The Start of the Narrows. Here, at the upper end of Zion Canyon, the canyon rim is only 1,800 feet above the trail, but the canyon narrows rapidly to only 30 yards wide at the end of the paved trail, leaving an unmistakable feeling of claustrophobia. The adventurous can continue another 16 miles through the Narrows, a hike involving considerable wading in the river, and you must arranged for a pick-up at the upstream end or walk back. The Narrows narrows down to a canyon only 16 feet wide, with 1,500-foot-high cliffs soaring above, and there is no exit from start to finish.
2) Pa’rus Trail (walking, bicycles, wheelchairs, and pets) runs up the canyon for about 1.25 miles from the visitor center to a shuttle bus stop just on the other side of where the trail goes under the highway bridge. Walk round-trip or ride back. River Walk is in the narrowest part of the canyon, Pa’rus at the widest (okay, technically, Zion Lodge is at the widest, but the steeper cliffs around the lodge make the visitor center area look more open). We found Pa’rus Trail to be the best place in the park to see flowering cactus in the spring (May to early June).
Drive the Kolob Canyon road and visit its pullovers, especially the parking lot at the end of the road. There is a flat, easy trail from the parking lot at the end of the road and the trail head near the restrooms runs across the top of the hill to a viewpoint providing a panorama including Hurricane Gap, mountains in three states, and of the Towers of Zion.
Have lunch on the patio at Café del Sol (see entry) or Oscar’s Café in Springdale, where the slow, slow service provides lots of time to take in the scenery, which is no less impressive than in the park itself.
The next easiest trails, no more than 1-mile round-trip, with climbs of 2 to 3 flights of stairs:
1) Lower Emerald Pool (see entry)
2) Weeping Rock
3) Canyon Overlook– the only way to look down into Zion Canyon from a considerable height without having to take really killer hikes, like Angel’s Landing’s climb of 1,500 feet, straight up.
Drive Route 9 (see entry). East of the tunnel, visit the pullovers. Several offer easy access to short walks on the "slick rock." Don’t be put off by the name. Walking on slick rock is like walking on coarse sandpaper. It got its name when the early explorers tried crossing it on horseback. Iron horseshoes don’t grip well on bare rock – they slide like the rock is "slick," but unless you are a horse, you will have very steady footing. Slick rock is a rough sandstone with very little vegetation created by sand dunes that was later buried under the sea, where it was transformed into rock. Study the rock surface carefully and you can trace the various layers of wind-blown sand that were laid down in different directions as the wind changed direction millions of years ago.
The best views on Route 9 are seen driving from the east park entrance to Zion Canyon, so if you start in the canyon, go all the way to the east entrance station and turn around. You won’t regret doubling back.
East of the tunnel, Indian Paintbrush can be seen in bloom in late spring. Indian Paintbrush is a spectacular red high-desert flower.
CAUTION: There is very little vegetation growing on the slick rock, but what is there is fragile, so watch your step and stay off the grass.
Back down on the canyon floor, you can spot the viewpoint from Rt 9, just above the Great Arch of Zion.
The hardest part of visiting Canyon Overlook is finding the parking lot and trail head. Heading east on Rt 9, pass through the tunnel, and just as you exit the tunnel, the road crosses a bridge. On the right at the end of the bridge is a big rock. Turn right just beyond this rock into the small parking lot (with restrooms). The trail head is across the road, where you can see steps going up the cliff face. If this parking lot full, there are some small pullovers on both sides of the road in the vicinity.
West on Ut Rt 9** to I-15*, then north to Ut Rt 14** to Cedar Breaks National Monument with a stop at Kolob Canyon, part of Zion NP. From Cedar Breaks, Ut Rt 143* (spectacular yellow Aspen foliage in the fall) or Ut Rt 14* to US 89* to Ut Rt 12** to Bryce Canyon National Park. Return on Rt 12** to US 89* to Ut Rt 9** back to Zion (1-3 days).
Gas is 10-20 cents a gallon cheaper in Cedar City than around the park.
Scenic Circle Drive # 2
West on Ut Rt 9** to Hurricane (hot springs at the bridge over the Virgin River), then southeast on Ut Rt 59* to Pipe Springs National Monument, a well preserved real old west ranch, and not at all like what you see in the movies. On the way, we passed through Hildale, UT, and Arizona City, AZ, the largest polygamist settlement in the world. Technically, polygamy is illegal in both states (Utah promised to get rid of polygamy in exchange for statehood, but today, there are 5-6 times more polygamists in the state than there were at the time of statehood). The community straddles the state line as precaution should the cops ever happen to decide to enforce the law in one state or the other. If Utah cops show up, everyone heads for Arizona, and vice versa. Note the very large houses. We’ve never stopped here, but reports are the natives are not friendly.
As a percentage of the population, Hildale gets more welfare payments than any other place in the nation. With scant employment opportunities, the polygamist wives support their clans on welfare– legally, they are all single moms since the polygamist church’s marriages are recognized as a legal marriage.
Nearing Pipe Springs, the road traverses a broad valley. At the time Pipe Springs was settled, this valley was covered in lush prairie grass and Pipe Springs became the largest cattle ranch in the world. Too many cattle ate the grass faster than it could regrow and turned the once lush paradise into today’s dusty dry sagebrush desert. Overgrazing remade the landscape of the Southwest. At the time of settlement, the true natural sagebrush desert was very small, but overgrazing led to its expansion across the southwest. Today, the sagebrush is threatened by a foreign imported grass, Cheat grass, a fast-growing grass that sucks up all the water in the ground in the early summer, leaving the sage in big trouble later on.
Figure one day, skipping the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell, but at Fredonia, you can head south to the Grand Canyon, the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, and Lake Powell (Page, AZ) or return to Zion by US 89* to UT Rt 9**. There are two stops of interest along US 89*, Angel Canyon and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Angel Canyon is home to the Best Friends Animal Shelter, the largest no-kill animal shelter in the world. Visitors are welcome, and it is a pretty side canyon well worth a visit.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is where Utah killed actor John Wayne. Portraying Genghis Kahn, John Wayne filmed The Conqueror at Choral Pink Sand Dunes. There are lots of horses, lots of sand, and lots of dust. There is lots of radioactive fallout from the Nevada atomic bomb tests in the dust--lots of cancer. Half the movie cast and crew, including The Duke himself, died of lung cancer triggered by the radioactive sands of southern Utah. We never stay here too long, but it’s worth a look. The State Park ($5) has an interesting boardwalk out into the dunes, but the adjacent BLM Recreation Area is free.
Red Cliff Camp Ground, west of I-15 exit 25 or 27 (Leeds) is even a more pretty setting than the campground in Zion, and, being at a higher altitude, a little cooler. About 30 miles from Zion NP, it is worth considering as an alternative for campers.
St George is a mecca for golf and retired Mormons. Less than an hour further south on I-15, Mesquite, NV, has golf, gambling, and booze. I-15 runs through the impressive scenery of the Virgin River Canyon, land so rugged that the interstate highway was the first human travel route through the canyon.
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