Zion National Park Sights

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Published 01/19/2016

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It's well worth stopping at the pull-out 1 mile west of Zion's east entrance to observe the distinctive waffle patterns on this huge white mound of sandstone. The stunning crosshatch effect visible today is the result of eons of freeze-and-thaw cycles that caused vertical fractures, combined with erosion that produced horizontal bedding planes.

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Zion–Mount Carmel Hwy., Zion National Park, Utah, 84767, USA

Published 01/19/2016


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