2024 Field Guide

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Stewardship Through Partnership

As we embark on the 2024 summer season in our parks, we reflect on 2023, which marked significant milestones and achievements for Zion National Park and our incredible partnership with the Zion Forever Project. With the near completion of Zion’s all-electric shuttle fleet and the opening of the new Visitor Center at Cedar Breaks, together, we continue to pave the way for sustainable innovation and visitor excellence. This year also heralds a new partnership with Dixie National Forest, increasing Zion Forever’s outreach to thousands of visitors and expanding stewardship support for over a million additional acres. This new partnership also features the opening of a new retail location in Pine Valley, Utah, to support and make direct investments in Forest Service projects and initiatives.

As interest in our parks and public lands grows, so does the need for resources. Your support is crucial for our legacy projects, including conserving hundreds of acres in cooperation with park neighbors, protecting sensitive cultural sites, and addressing priority housing needs for park employees, among many others. Looking ahead, new trail projects in Zion Canyon aim to safeguard the wild and scenic Virgin River while enhancing visitor safety.

The partnership between Zion Forever and Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument and Pipe Spring National Monument is vital for sustaining each park’s natural beauty, historic resources, and ensuring high-quality visitor experiences. This collaboration enables innovative conservation projects, enhances educational programs, and addresses critical needs such as habitat protection and infrastructure improvements. Together, we can conserve the park’s legacy for future generations to enjoy.

In this Field Guide, you will discover the projects we have prioritized for 2024 to conserve these remarkable landscapes and enrich the visitor experience. We are grateful for the unwavering dedication of our volunteers, sales associates, Rangers, maintenance staff, shuttle drivers, and administrators who ensure the smooth operation of our parks. We are so very thankful for supporters like you who share our mission.

Together, we look forward to another year of strong collaboration to improve Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Pipe Spring National Monument, and the Dixie National Forest. Thank you!



This Field Guide is a “book of solutions“ for the Zion Regional Landscape. Each year, our public land partners submit projects in need of funding. These are the projects identified as highest priority.

Individual projects are listed under headings which reflect our work for public lands –Improving Today, Informing Tomorrow, Protecting Forever, and Beyond the Borders.

As you search through the guide, we invite you to find projects which matter most to you, and to embrace the challenge with us to become responsible stewards of our precious natural and cultural resources.

Spring National Monument

National Monument


National Park
Cedar Breaks Pipe Dixie National

Leader‘s Message – Natalie Britt & Jeffrey Bradybaugh Board of Directors / Key Donors – A Special Thank You

Project Map – Our Work Across the Zion Regional Landscape

When Minutes Matter / Beat by Beat – Search & Rescue Parks For Everyone – Trail Data Predators and Prey – Mountain Lion Research Campsite Cuisine – Watchman Food Lockers

High Elevation Updates – Cedar Breaks Projects On the Job Training – IIC Internships Concrete-to-Canyons – First Zion Experience Livestreaming Zion – Distance Learning More Than a Badge– Junior Rangers Next Level Zion – Youth Program Rangers in the Real World – Visiting Local Classrooms A Classroom Without Desks – Zion Field Trips

Zion’s Floor of the Valley Trail – Utility Upgrade & Trail Extension Dark Skies Through Visitors Eyes – Night Sky Programs Preserving Zion’s Fossil Record – Digital Archives Seeding the Future – Pipe Spring Native Garden Relocation Revitalizing the Interpretive Orchard & Flock – Pipe Spring Living

Leading With Conservation – Zion’s Eastern Entrance A New Place to Discover –Zion National Park Discovery Center Dixie National Forest Partnership – Supporting Forest Needs Restoring the Roof at Brian Head – Fire Tower Repairs

CONTENTS Introduction 1
10 Informing Tomorrow 20 Protecting Forever 30 Closing 46
Improving Today
Park Stores
Seven Locations Zion‘s Artistic Legacy
Artwork Ways to Give – How You Can Help Photo Credits – Thanks to All Contributers Beyond the Boarders 38 1 6 8 12 14 15 16 18 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 32 34 35 36 37 41 42 44 40 46 48 52 50 5 2024 FIELD GUIDE


Shain Manuele, Board Chair

Steve Brough

Jeff Carlson

Dirk Clayson


Dan & Miriam Allison

Scott & Jesselie Anderson

Kirk & Jen Barker

Paul & Ruth Barker

Brent & Kimberly Cook

Gertrude Corwin

Carla Sanda & Brian Donnell

Zeke & Angela Dumke

Kem & Carolyn Gardner

John Grove

Janice Heller

Charles Kahlenberg

Mary Kippen

Janis and Steven Kirkeby

Roland & Nellie Lee

Scott Gubler

Billie Rayford

Julie Saemisch

Kyle Wells

Tom & Jamie Love

Kevin & Stacy McLaws

Gail Miller

Hester McQueen

Kent Morby

Dee Munson & Dave Baldridge

Dave & Teri Petersen

Mitt & Ann Romney

Rick & Jill Spitz

Mary & Gary Tedesco

Stephen & Marcia Wade

William & Barbara Welke

Julie Witten

Terry & Price Zimmerman

Bob Steiner




Bit & Spur Restaurant and Saloon

BumbleBerry Gifts


Concept 360

Deep Creek Coffee Co

DOMA Coffe Roasting Company

Flanigan’s Inn

Fog and Fern Coffee Co

Imlay Canyon Gear

J.Crew/ Madewell

Kyle Loves Tori

Mystery Ranch LTD

Oscar’s Cafe and Restaurant

Simpson and Vail

Sol Foods Supermarket

Wildland Trekking Company

Wild Mesa MTB

Wild Tribute

Worthington Art Gallery

Zion National Park Lodge (Xanterra)

Zion Cycles

Zion Canyon Brew Pub


Beesley Family Foundation

Bronco Ford Wild Fund

Cedar City - Brian Head Tourism Office

Construction Industry Workers Charitable Foundation

CSAA Insurance Group

The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation

Kane County

Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation

Lucille Glassman Gifting Trust

National Park Foundation

Smith and Wilcox Blue Skies Foundation

IBEW/NECA Las Vegas Power Professionals

Swigert-Warren Foundation

The Conservation Fund

Thomas O. Brown Foundation

Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation

Washington County


Dixie Technical College

Greater Zion Convention and Tourism

Impact Photographics

Kane County Office of Tourism

Love Communications

RRMP Steering Committee

Southern Utah University

Stephen Wade Auto Center

The Conservation Fund University of Utah

Utah Tech University

Utah Clean Cities

Utah Office of Tourism

Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

Zion Mountain Ranch

Zion’s Bank

10 18 Search & Rescue Training Trail Data Mountain Lion Study Campground Food Storage Cedar Breaks Visitor Center IIC Student Internships Concrete-to-Canyons Livestreaming Zion Junior Rangers & Youth Rangers in Classrooms Student Field Trips Multi-purpose Valley Trail Dark Sky Programs Fossil Preservation Pipe Spring Gardens Pipe Spring Chicken Coop Zion Discovery Center Dixie National Forest Brian Head Roof Restoration 2024 PROJECTS 11 6 17 5 1 3 18 19 13 9 7 2 4 12 15 16 8 10 14
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Improving Today

12 When Minutes Matter / Beat by Beat 14 Parks for Everyone 15 Predators and Prey 16 Campsite Cuisine 18 High Elevation Updates Improving Today includes building, maintaining, and repairing park infrastructure, ensuring the health of the plants and animals that live here, and caring for the safety and enjoyment of the millions of people who visit our parks each year. 11 IMPROVING TODAY

When the Minutes Matter


Amount Needed: $41,500

With over 400 calls for rescue each season, the demand for Search and Rescue (SAR) resources in the Zion region is immense. Calls range from common heat-related issues to climbing accidents and swift water rescues. The diversity of Zion‘s landscape requires a SAR team that is versatile, highly skilled, and equipped for any scenario.

Plateau District Ranger Paul Holthouse underscores the importance of comprehensive training: “Our SAR team faces a wide range of rescue scenarios, from technical climbing to navigating the fast-moving Virgin River. Each call reminds us of the critical need for personnel with diverse and rigorous training to ensure that the SAR team is ready for anything the park throws its way, especially when the minutes matter.“

Search and rescue services are not required or guaranteed, but they are needed. This year, the Zion Forever Project has prioritized funding for an extensive SAR training program to meet this need. This program will refine the team‘s technical and swift water-based rescue skills and reinforce both the mental and team resilience required for high-stakes rescue missions. The program will be provided to a diverse mix of Rangers from across multiple regional parks and to search and rescue volunteers from within

the community. These training programs bring in top experts from around the world to share their specialized SAR knowledge with volunteers and Park Rangers.

Zion‘s SAR team‘s dedication to safeguarding visitors‘ lives is a testament to the spirit of community that defines Zion National Park and embodies the search and rescue motto “That Others May Live.” Your support for these training initiatives is more than a donation; it extends a lifeline. By contributing, you‘re helping to ensure that the park remains a place of adventure and awe where safety is paramount.

Beat by Beat


Amount Needed: $16,500

Search and Rescue (SAR) Rangers are a vital part of Zion. These dedicated individuals bravely navigate rugged landscapes to ensure the safety and well-being of all park visitors, and it is imperative that they be provided the equipment needed to provide fast and critical care. The introduction of an automatic cardiac compression device is a game-changer for SAR operations. Paramedic and EMS Coordinator Tess Olsen likens it to “having an

extra team member in the field.“ This device addresses a critical challenge: the impossibility of moving patients undergoing CPR. Olsen‘s insight underscores the device‘s vital role in rescue operations, enabling the safe and efficient transport of individuals in critical condition.

The purchase of an automated cardiac compression device is the next step in Zion National Park’s commitment to enhancing SAR capabilities and providing evidencebased medical care during emergencies. The project‘s focus is to secure essential cutting-edge equipment to support Rangers tasked with ensuring the safety of park visitors.

Getting involved in the Beat by Beat project is an opportunity to contribute to a cause that safeguards lives. By supporting this initiative, donors become an integral part of a community dedicated to innovation, safety, and the conservation of one of America‘s most treasured landscapes. Supporting this cause is a chance to make a tangible difference at Zion and help ensure the park remains a place of wonder and safety for all who visit.

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Parks for Everyone


Amount Needed: $42,000

There‘s a new trailblazer in the park. It‘s not a person but a marvel of technology known as the Wheeled Instrumentation Sensor Package (WISP). WISP is the latest addition to the High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process (HETAP). More than just a tool, it‘s a game-changer in understanding our trails. This marvel piece of equipment will provide a wealth of data by precisely measuring Zion‘s trail gradients, substrates, conditions, and slopes. The data collected will allow the park to provide meaningful updates to visitors, websites, and apps and inform trailhead and wayside signs to empower visitors to make informed decisions about their recreation opportunities in the field.

Zion’s initiative builds on those of Bryce Canyon National Park and others who have used HETAP to standardize trail descriptions so that visitors can better understand what to expect on their visits, making trails more enjoyable and more accessible.

The project, expected to take six months, will be led by a dedicated staff member whose expertise will bridge the gap between raw data and actionable information. The eventual result will see the standardization of trail ratings like Easy, Moderate, and Strenuous to match those of parks throughout the region, updated with elevation charts and weatherspecific conditions.

Jonathan Shafer, the project lead and park Public Information Officer, shares his excitement: “Parks are for everyone, and we want to help visitors make informed decisions about how they can experience this place in a way that is best for them. What we learn from this project will empower visitors to explore Zion in the ways that are best suited to their individual needs.“

Funding WISP and the HETAP initiative is not just modernizing Zion; it enhances every

visitor‘s experience, ensuring that Zion can be explored confidently by all who step foot here. The importance of this initiative is such that your donations will be matched by the National Park Service 2024 Challenge Cost-share grant program.

We are not just funding new trail data. We are building a legacy of access and enjoyment and unlocking Zion’s next chapter now and into the future. Zion is, and will continue to be, a place for everyone.

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Photo by Jennifer Pratt @UtahHikingBeauty

Predators and Prey LEARNING


Amount Needed: $60,000

The Pride of the Park, Zion’s mountain lions, are rarely seen by visitors. A pioneering study seeks to uncover more about the hidden lives of these large feline predators and unravel the mysteries of lion space use, diet, and their integral role within Zion’s ecosystem. By deploying GPS collars and monitoring cameras, this research will gather data vital to enhance resource management for species, such as the bighorn sheep and mule deer, and address human safety by better understanding lion and visitor interactions in the park.

Janice Stroud-Settles illustrates the need for this research: “As solitary apex predators, mountain lions disproportionately impact ecosystems. This study is crucial for understanding how lions contribute to and interact with the Zion ecosystem and affect everything from prey species to ecosystem health through nutrient cycling.“

This comprehensive study goes beyond simple tracking. It involves characterizing the lions‘ feeding ecology by visiting GPS cluster sites and documenting their interactions with other species. This helps researchers understand the broader impact lions have on species diversity and ecosystem health.

The study hopes to answer long-standing questions about mountain lion behavior in Zion by better understanding lion interactions, and how other species benefit from lion kills, as well as further enriching our understanding of the ecosystem‘s complexity.

Research findings are poised to transform assumptions about mountain lions in Zion, addressing visitor inquiries with data-driven insights.

With the results of this study, visitors and park managers alike will gain unprecedented insights into the secret lives of these charismatic carnivores, deepening our appreciation and understanding of Zion‘s wildlands and the critical role of predators within it. We call upon you, our generous donors, to support this pioneering study and make an impact that will educate and influence future generations.

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Over-eating has made this Zion squirrel nearly unrecognizable. Wildlife may enjoy being fed by visitors, but it creates health and behavioral problems for the animal and safety concerns for campers and hikers.

Campsite Cuisine


Amount Needed: $250,000

In last year’s Field Guide, Zion Forever Project sought support to install Bear Boxes at Zion’s highest elevation campsite, Lava Point (7890ft). The project has been a success, with the area seeing increased bear activity and the boxes helping to make the area safer for animals and visitors.

Food storage remains a concern In Zion’s main canyon, which sits 4000 feet below Lava Point. In Watchman Campground, food storage boxes can prevent deer and other smaller mammal populations from accessing food. Installing food storage lockers is critical for the health of the park’s animals, ensuring that they do not consume food or materials left behind by visitors.

Susan McPartland, Visitor Use Manager, regularly sees the consequences of poor food

storage: “These lockers are essential for the safety of visitors and wildlife. They significantly reduce the chances of dangerous encounters, and help to keep our wildlife healthy by preventing them from accessing and becoming dependent on human food. When we find animals in the park that have passed, they often have human food items, small pieces of plastic, and wrappers in their stomachs. Food boxes help to keep these animals safe.”

Zion aims to reduce human-wildlife conflicts further and promote a culture of responsibility and stewardship among its guests by installing and encouraging the use of these lockers.

Frank Peplowksi, a Scientist in the Park intern, is researching the consequences of bad food storage practices and helping to create baseline data so we can track changes in animal behaviors to inform future park management. Frank shared his motivations for working on the project: “As I delved into

my research at Zion, I’ve come to understand the profound impact of human interaction on our small mammal populations. Witnessing firsthand the consequences of their human food consumption has reinforced my commitment to this work.”

This project is about more than convenience. It is a testament to the park’s commitment to conservation and the protection of its ecosystems. All donations toward this work will be matched by the Recreation Restoration Infrastructure Grant from the Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation. You can play a crucial role in this mission and contribute to the safety of Zion’s visitors and the health of Zion’s wildlife by supporting the initiative today.

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High Elevation Updates


This summer, after years of planning and one delayed season that saw record snow, Cedar Breaks National Monument will proudly dedicate its new Visitor Center. This new home for visitors was a collaborative effort funded by Zion Forever donors, the National Park Service Centennial Challenge Match, the State of Utah, Iron County, and the Visit Cedar City/ Brian Head Tourism office. Like so many of our park projects, this legacy effort is only possible with these truly collaborative efforts.

Additionally, thanks to donor funding, the beloved 1930s CCC cabin, which has served as the visitor center for decades, has undergone a poignant transformation. This historic structure now hosts a comprehensive history museum dedicated to telling the stories of the geology, flora, fauna, and humans that have been shaped by this landscape since time immemorial. Beyond the cabin, Zion Forever donors also rallied to provide gap funding for new interpretive trail signs along a redesigned nature trail along the cliff’s edge.

Positioned above 10,000 feet, where fierce winds and extreme temperatures continue

to sculpt the red rock amphitheater, the new Visitor Center serves as a modern gateway to the ancient landscapes of Cedar Breaks. It is designed not only to welcome the nearly one million visitors who come to marvel at the expansive views, but also to educate them about the geological forces that have sculpted the colorful hoodoos and rock fins.

The center offers parkgoers a glimpse of the natural forces that carved Cedar Breaks, making it an essential educational resource. Interactive displays and Ranger-led programs, like Cedar’s

famed dark sky programs, funded by Zion Forever, deepen visitors’ connection to the outdoors and to resources like the night sky. “It’s more than a new home for visitors,” remarked Park Superintendent Kathleen Gondor, “it’s more space for programs, staff, and gear. That means more Junior Rangers and more outdoor classroom visits. Ultimately, we really hope it gives all visitors a sense of place, helping to orient them to a wild and sometimes confusing landscape. Our dedication this year will be on August 22nd, and I think that’s fitting as it’s also Cedar Breaks’ birthday. We hope everyone has a chance to visit and enjoy our new center.”

Changes are happening all over the Monument, and at the park’s far north end, North View Point, donor dollars have also created a new fee station, which is crucial for enhancing year-round visitor services. This facility supports the management of visitor influx during summer and winter months,

facilitating fee collection that directly funds park management efforts, and providing a safe and equipped base for Rangers operating in one of the highest and most challenging environments in the National Park System.

While this 7 million dollar project was the Forever Project’s largest park gift to date, we know the needs of the park will continue. We appreciate the continued support of everyone who enjoys Cedar Breaks, a breathtaking landscape showcasing more than 60 million years of geologic history. Scan

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Informing Tomorrow

23 On the Job Training 24 Concrete-to-Canyons 25 Livestreaming Zion 26 More Than a Badge 27 Next Level Zion 28 Rangers in the Real World 29 A Classroom Without Desks Informing Tomorrow is preparing children and youth to be the next generation of stewards for our public lands. It involves providing experiences and learning opportunities to visitors in the park and in classrooms across the country. 21 INFORMING TOMORROW

On the Job Training


Amount Needed: $100,000

Finding qualified and experienced staff to work in our public lands can be a challenge. The Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative (IIC) program, a collaborative effort spearheaded by Southern Utah University (SUU) in partnership with the Zion Forever Project, is at the forefront of addressing it for our public lands.

Zion Forever Project has been crucial in facilitating and offering internship opportunities for college-aged individuals and recent graduates wishing to immerse themselves in the stewardship of our shared public lands. These internships provide interns with onthe-job skills and education while ensuring the margin of excellence for national park visitors.

The program‘s significance extends beyond individual growth; it is a vital continuum for future employment in public lands. Abi Farish, a Visual Information Specialist in Zion and a graduate of the IIC program, shares: “IIC played a significant role in getting me where I am today. Though I had volunteered with the National Park Service in the past, I

feel like my career in public lands truly started with my internships through the IIC.”

The Zion Forever Project‘s commitment to these young stewards is evident in its support of these internships across Zion, Cedar Breaks, and Pipe Spring. It fosters collaboration and learning while serving as a force multiplier for Rangers and park scientists.

The impact of the IIC program is seen across divisions and roles each day, where interns engage in diverse activities, from park science and wildlife management to interpretation, education, and facilities management. With your continued support, we can keep the legacy of the IIC programs alive in our parks and continue to provide opportunities for the next generation.

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Amount Needed: $60,000

Many kids from Clark County, Nevada, have never visited a National Park, and with Zion only two hours away, the canyon provides the perfect opportunity for their first introduction. Concrete-to-Canyons (C2C) is celebrated for impacting students from Title 1 schools in Las Vegas and Mesquite, Nevada, by giving them an unforgettable multi-day adventure in one of America’s most breathtaking natural settings. The experience embeds a sense of wonder and responsibility toward our planet in these young people’s lives.

One teacher involved with the program remarked, “Seeing the spark of curiosity ignite in our students as they explore Zion’s majesty is a reminder of the power of nature to educate and inspire.” A student squealed excitedly to agree: “Before coming here, I didn’t know places like this existed in real life. It is amazing.”

Ashley Dang, Zion’s Education Technician who guides these young adventurers through Zion’s landscapes, emphasizes the importance of such programs: “Every child who visits leaves with a piece of the park in their heart. They’re the future guardians of our natural spaces.”

C2C is more than just a school trip. It’s a journey into the unknown for many of these students, offering them their first encounter with the great outdoors. Through hiking, camping, and educational activities led by passionate Park Rangers, they learn about environmental stewardship, teamwork, and the importance of preserving our natural heritage. Funded by the Zion Forever Project and the support of generous donors, the program covers all expenses, ensuring every child can participate regardless of their financial situation.

Now in its 9th year, your support for the Concrete-to-Canyons program will continue to ignite lifelong passions for conservation and stewardship in visiting children. By donating, you’re not just funding a child’s dream; you’re investing in the future of our planet. Together, we can ensure all children can experience the wonder and power of nature, and foster a new generation of environmental leaders who will carry forward the torch of preservation and respect for the natural world.

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Livestreaming Zion


Amount Needed: $58,000

Zion National Park’s Distance Learning Program is setting the standard for virtual park education, reaching over 3,000 students across the United States and internationally as distant as Japan. The program transcends geographical barriers, bringing the park’s rich natural and cultural history into classrooms worldwide and building an army of virtual stewards for all parks.

At the core of this program is an in-park studio and green screen room where Park Rangers can broadcast live, immersive lessons into classrooms around the globe. The studio setup allows Rangers to virtually transport students into the park, offering them a vivid, interactive learning experience that would otherwise be inaccessible. Whether students explore the intricate ecosystems, delve into geology, or study some of Zion’s iconic wildlife habits, the green screen technology enriches each lesson and makes learning engaging and effective.

Although these programs are targeted at elementary school audiences, the program’s lessons are suitable for students of all ages.

The program is also suited to adult continuing education courses and to residents of assisted living facilities, many of whom may not be able to visit the park in person. By offering virtual visits, Zion’s Rangers foster a deeper connection and understanding of the park’s significance to all who engage in the Distance Learning Program.

This multifaceted approach to education is part of a more extensive, multi-touch program combining virtual visits, Ranger-led classroom visits, and in-park student experiences. Your continued support ensures that this valuable educational resource inspires and educates future generations, regardless of their physical proximity to the park.

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More Than a Badge


Amount Needed: $100,000

A Junior Ranger Badge is a gateway to a life of stewardship in public lands and a pathway to becoming a future leader in the parks. In 2023, over 38,000 Junior Ranger booklets were distributed, alongside over 20,000 badges, encouraging and enabling Junior Rangers of all ages to delve into park-specific activities such as scavenger hunts and stewardship tasks.

This program educates about the park‘s geology, botany, and history, and instills vital messages about “Leave No Trace” principles and conservation. Children earn a Junior Ranger badge through activities in the booklets, symbolizing their commitment to park stewardship. The program, supported by generous donors, is offered freely to

ensure everyone has access to the program. At a modest $1.50 per booklet and badge, even a small donation can extend this enriching program to more young explorers.

With expanded funding, the program seeks to incorporate new exhibits, provide seasonal staffing necessary for youth-oriented programs, including that of the Junior Ranger program, and new curriculum on the night sky and paleontology.

Rangers play a pivotal role in creating and presenting programs that enhance family visits and deepen understanding of park stewardship. These Rangers work tirelessly to bring the Zion Nature Center to life, providing an interactive educational space that complements the Junior Ranger programs with events, programs, and more.

Your donation provides more than a badge. It underscores a commitment to fostering a new generation of park stewards across our public lands.

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Next Level Zion


Amount Needed: $15,000

The Zion Youth Stewards program is a strategic expansion of Zion National Park‘s commitment to youth education, setting a new benchmark for immersive environmental learning. This latest outreach is designed to go beyond conventional education methods and extend the realms of learning into the vibrant outdoors of Zion through activities like the Junior Ranger program and classroom field trips, which are typically designed for ages 4 to 13. It aims to foster a profound connection between middle and high-schoolaged students and the park, instilling in them a deep-rooted appreciation and understanding of the park and its surrounding environment.

With a focus on real-life skills, career exploration, and promotion of critical environmental concepts such as Leave No Trace, wilderness awareness, and the joys of outdoor recreation, this program is an ambitious step toward bridging the gap between youth and nature. By partnering with organizations like the YMCA and the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Zion is reaching out to a broader audience and actively engaging underrepresented youth, offering them an unparalleled learning and discovery experience.

Lindsey Baker, Zion National Park‘s Education Coordinator, encapsulates the essence of this transformative initiative: “This program is a gateway for Zion to influence the passions and career trajectories of young individuals. It is about opening doors to new possibilities and encouraging youths to envision a future where they play a crucial role in the conservation and stewardship of our natural world and to see the career opportunities available to them.“

Like other educational programs, the Zion Youth Stewards integrates virtual and in-park experiences, to foster a deeper connection to the park. This comprehensive approach

ensures that participants receive well-rounded exposure to environmental stewardship. New programs like this are only possible with the generosity of park lovers like you. Your gifts ensure education opportunities in Zion remain forever.

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Rangers in the Real World


Amount Needed: $24,000

It‘s one experience for a student to have a virtual visit with a Zion Ranger. It‘s an entirely different experience to have students meet a Ranger in a classroom. This customized experience, part of Zion’s broader educational outreach, weaves virtual lessons, immersive park visits, and the invaluable presence of Rangers in local classrooms to create a comprehensive learning journey about the natural world.

Rangers lead engaging and educational classes that bring the wonders of Zion National Park directly to the students. These classes are designed to be informative, enjoyable, and exploratory, fostering a positive and lasting impression on young minds. Zion’s Education Manager, Jorge Hernández, encapsulates the program‘s impact: “Seeing the spark of curiosity in the student‘s eyes is profoundly rewarding. It‘s about inspiring the next generation to appreciate and protect our natural treasures.“

This program is designed to cater to various age groups, emphasizing 4th and 5th graders, offering activities that delve into subjects like geology, plants, and animals, as well as the Utah Core Standards that tie into the park. At the heart of the program is a focus on Title 1 schools in the local community, which represent our most underserved youth.

This program‘s success hinges on the support of park lovers and donors like you. Your continued support ensures the “Rangers in the Classroom” program remains a cornerstone of the park‘s educational outreach, fostering stewardship among our youth.

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A Classroom Without Desks


Amount Needed: $21,000

Bringing students into the park is integral to Zion’s multifaceted approach to connecting students with nature. These in-park visits are part of Zion’s comprehensive educational outreach, encompassing virtual classroom sessions, Ranger visits to schools, and immersive experiences within the park.

This multifaceted strategy enhances students’ learning and appreciation of the natural world through repeated engagement with Zion’s resources and stewardship principles.

This transportation scholarship aims to specifically address one of the most significant hurdles to accessing these transformative experiences: the cost of travel.

By providing the means for students to step into Zion National Park physically, the program amplifies the impact of pre-visit virtual lessons and post-visit reflections, offering students a full-circle educational journey.

Many students in the communities that surround Zion have never had a chance to visit the world-renowned park right in their backyard, and our work aims to change this. Through hands-on exploration and guided activities that tie directly to Utah Core Standards, students are encouraged to see Zion and other National Park Service sites as sanctuaries for stress reduction, resiliencybuilding, and personal growth. By funding transportation, we can ensure that financial barriers do not prevent local Title 1 schools from bringing their students into the park.

As Zion National Park seeks funding to continue and expand this valuable program, the goal remains clear: to ensure that every child, regardless of economic background, can experience the wonder of the outdoors. Transportation scholarships are vital in making these transformative field trips possible, and your donations are crucial to forming the next generation of environmental stewards and Zion advocates.

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Protecting Forever

Protecting Forever means helping our partners conserve natural and cultural resources for the enjoyment of future generations, as well as our own. The search for sustainabability is the primary focus of these projects.

32 Zion’s Floor of the Valley Trail

34 Dark Skies Through Visitors Eyes

35 Preserving Zion’s Fossil Record

36 Seeding the Future

37 Revitalizing the Interpretive Orchard & Flock


Zion’s Floor of the Valley Trail


Amount Needed: Continuous Support

Embarking on a transformative journey to enhance Zion National Park‘s accessibility and safeguard its pristine beauty, the Floor of the Valley Trail project marks an ambitious $50 million multi-phased venture aiming to not only enrich visitor safety by providing a new Zion trail, but also to modernize the park‘s sanitary plumbing infrastructure and preserve the official “Wild and Scenic” designation of the Virgin River.

Already in its preliminary planning stages, the project envisions the construction of a trail extension from the existing terminus of the Pa’rus Trail, which runs parallel to the Virgin River‘s path (part of the historic 1929 Bridle Trail), and stretching 6.5 miles from Canyon Junction to the Temple of Sinawava. This extension of the existing Pa’rus Trail will offer a safe, scenic route for pedestrians and cyclists to reach the temple while avoiding the hazards of shuttle and passenger car traffic.

Additionally, buried underneath the multi-use trail lies a second key goal: constructing new utility infrastructure to address critical waste management challenges. Taking advantage of the disruption to the trail, this infrastructure will provide a crucial sewer line from the Temple of Sinawava to Canyon Junction and set the stage for the modernization of the canyon‘s restroom and waste facilities.

Park Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh, reflecting on the project‘s significance, stated: “Ensuring the health and safety of our visitors while conserving the park‘s natural resources is paramount. This trail and utilities project represents a stride towards a sustainable future where all can enjoy the serenity of Zion.“

This project, set to unfold over five years, underscores a collective commitment to enhancing the Zion experience. The State of Utah has generously committed $18 million towards the project, and Washington County agencies are providing engineering, design, and technical assistance. With the support of our partners and generous donors, this legacy initiative promises to elevate visitor safety, modernize facilities, and reaffirm our dedication to conserving the majestic beauty of Zion National Park.

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Dark Skies Through Visitors Eyes


Amount Needed: $53,000

Pipe Spring National Monument, already recognized as an International Dark Sky Park, stands as a beacon of starlit preservation. Here, efforts to expand dark sky education and programming are ongoing, with the monument seeking continued support to bring the cosmos closer to its community.

Cedar Breaks National Monument boasts a robust night sky program, where the wonders of the Universe are accessible through a suite of programs. Yet, at Zion National Park, the canvas of the night sky remains a frontier of discovery.

Zion, designated as an International Dark Sky Park in 2021, is on a quest to establish a foundational understanding of its nocturnal landscape. This mission entails baseline research to tailor dark sky programming that resonates with Zion’s unique environmental and visitor dynamics. The park’s ambition is to weave the fabric of science and wonder, crafting experiences that illuminate the dark sky’s significance while navigating the challenges posed by high visitation and light pollution.

Serena Wurmser, a “Scientist in the Park” intern, embodies the spirit of curiosity and passion that drives this exploration. ”People often expect a scientific answer when they ask about my love for the dark skies, but the truth is, dark skies are just so cool.”

The project seeks to develop a comprehensive night sky interpretive programming plan by deploying science communication strategies and collaborating with local experts. This plan will not only consider Zion’s unique challenges, such as managing large crowds and mitigating light pollution, but also embrace opportunities to incorporate diverse cultural perspectives into night sky stories.

The findings from this baseline research are expected to inform a range of programs, from in-park astronomy events to educational outreach in surrounding communities. These initiatives aim to elevate public awareness about dark sky conservation and inspire actions to protect our shared celestial heritage.

Zion hopes this research will provide crucial evidence to direct program development. It aims to ensure that every visitor leaves with a greater appreciation for the night sky’s wonders and a deeper commitment to its stewardship while also navigating the complexities of preserving its dark skies amidst growing visitor numbers.

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Preserving Zion’s Fossil Record


Amount Needed: $78,000

A Jurassic initiative is unfolding—one that bridges the gap between our present and the ancient past. Building on the success of a past Field Guide project, this research project is the next phase of an extraordinary endeavor: using advanced 3D imaging technology to digitally record and share the park‘s preserved dinosaur tracks and paleontological treasures. The goal is not only to protect already known sites, but also to uncover new sites hidden in the intricate details of the canyon walls, as past research has done.

Connor Bennett, a Scientist in the Park intern passionately involved in the fieldwork, shares his awe-inspiring experience: “Being out here, capturing images of fossils, is like peering through a window back in time. It‘s not just about the science; it‘s about connecting with Earth‘s ancient history and feeling the weight of time in your hands.“

Park Physical Scientist and program manager Robyn Henderek further underscores the significance of this work. “Our research and imaging are pivotal,“ she explains.“ Not only do we get to preserve these invaluable fossils against the threats of erosion and time, but we also create detailed models that can be shared with other parks, scientists, and

the public. It‘s about making these glimpses into our planet‘s past accessible to everyone.“

Zion‘s unique geological formations hold records of a mass extinction event and house fossils not found anywhere else. The park contains a crucial scientific archive that sheds light on the history of life on Earth. As past funding has shown, numerous new paleontological sites offer additional insights into Zion’s past.

These irreplaceable resources, revealed and hidden, are threatened by natural erosion, underscoring the urgency of the Zion Forever Project‘s mission. The advanced 3D imaging technology will allow for the detailed documentation of these fossils and ensure their preservation for future generations to study and admire. The first phase of this program, which funded the equipment acquisition, commenced in 2022. Today, Rangers are moving into action and capture mode.

Your support can help safeguard these precious windows into Earth‘s distant past, ensuring that Zion continues to enlighten today‘s scientists and inspire those of tomorrow. Join us in preserving these invaluable resources and take pride in contributing to a legacy of exploration and discovery.

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Seeding the Future



Amount Needed: $47,000

Water is a precious resource in the desert, and at Pipe Spring National Monument, water has had a profound impact on the land’s story. This project seeks to transplant the Heritage Garden, currently nestled within the boundaries of Pipe Spring National Monument, to a location that leverages natural, gravity-fed water sources to promote sustainable agricultural practices. This relocation is not just a logistical move but another step towards revitalizing the traditional agriculture practices of the Southern Paiute and Utah pioneer cultures.

Project Lead Ranger Mark Abetz, Pipe Spring’s Program Manager for Interpretation and Education, speaks on the significance of the garden: “This garden grows gourds used by Paiute Elders for traditional songs and prayers. Produce grown at the garden is shared with the public and the surrounding tribal community.”

Beyond its cultural significance, the project addresses the urgent need for climate change resilience and environmental stewardship. By moving the garden closer to natural water sources, the monument is taking a proactive approach to adapting to the

changing climate and ensuring the longevity of this living history exhibit.

Pipe Spring has partnered with the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians to tackle the challenges posed by food deserts in the area, offering local gardening and water conservation workshops. Our work is a testament to the power of collaborative stewardship, weaving together the threads of cultural heritage, environmental sustainability, and community wellness.

The relocation and improvement of the Heritage Garden and Native Seed Nursery at Pipe Spring National Monument represents an opportunity to support a project that encapsulates the essence of historic preservation, environmental responsibility, and cultural inclusivity. As we look to the future, we look to you for your continued support.

Revitalizing the Interpretive Orchard


Amount Needed: $6,000

At Pipe Spring National Monument, an ambitious project is underway to revitalize the interpretative orchard and underscore the region‘s deep historical agricultural roots. Established in the 1970s and now in declining condition, the existing orchard would be relocated to a more historically accurate location and replanted with period-appropriate fruit trees, that are more resilient to climate change and drought conditions. The adjacent grape arbor will also be transformed into an innovative storytelling space promoting diverse and inclusive interpretation.

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This project represents a journey to the “golden age of pomology“ (the study of fruit growing), offering visitors a stark visual contrast to modern orchards and a shaded space for education and enjoyment. The project simplifies tree health management by focusing on apples, with larger, more vigorous trees offering expansive root systems for greater drought resistance. Visitors will witness historic pruning methods, which, along with the greater canopy size, will create a visually distinct landscape that enhances the interpretative opportunities by recreating what the orchard might have been like in the 1800s.

By embracing traditional orchard plans and care techniques, Pipe Spring National Monument sets a precedent for historical accuracy, environmental sustainability, and educational value, providing a model for similar endeavors in the region and beyond. Your support of this project will allow Zion‘s visually distinct landscape to keep thriving.

Home for the Flock


Amount Needed: $7,000

When we think of national parks, we often think of majestic elk, soaring eagles, and lumbering bears—not chickens. Yet the humble chicken is one of the species that takes center stage at Pipe Spring National Monument. This site, nestled just north of the Grand Canyon, is a testament to the ingenuity and resilience of the people who have called it home. Pipe Spring is not just a natural oasis but was once a crucial resource center for Southern Paiutes and early Mormon pioneers, offering a glimpse into the workings of a historic ranch.

avoid ruffling feathers. More than a poultry project, it is an essential step in preserving and interpreting the rich tapestry of life during a pivotal era in Western history. Chickens played a significant role in the daily lives of those who inhabited the site and area. They were a vital source of food and income, contributing to the self-sufficiency of pioneer families.

Today, the proposed chicken coop renovation aims to revitalize this historic structure and offer visitors an immersive experience of the livestock practices of the time. By supporting this project, donors will aid in preserving an underrepresented but important part of American history, offering further opportunities for future generations to learn about the diverse ways of life that shaped the West. Join and support us in giving these chickens a coop worthy of their historic value and significance and to keep the stories of Pipe Spring alive for years to come.

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Beyond the Borders

The greater Zion landscape includes some of the most prescious and unique landforms in the world, including red-rock deserts and high alpine forests.

We are proud to announce that we are now partnering with the US Forest Service in southwestern Utah.

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41 A New Place to Discover

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Leading With Conservation


Amount Needed: Continuous Support

Zion National Park's dramatic red rocks and sandstone cliffs are a national treasure. It is our responsibility to preserve them for future generations. The East Zion Initiative, a testament to the power of collaboration, has already marked a significant conservation milestone by working with partners to protect more than 1,000 acres of parkland through agricultural and conservation easements. At the forefront of this movement stands the Zion National Park Discovery Center, a leader in the conservation efforts that extend beyond the park's gates. The collaboration of significant partners in this endeavor, including private landowners and the State of Utah, has shown that unity and shared commitment can lead to extraordinary conservation achievements.

As we embark on the next phase of this critical mission, Zion Forever has identified an additional 300 acres that require protection. This land, characterized by its pristine viewsheds, vital watersheds, and crucial wildlife migration corridors, is more than a

landscape—it is living proof of the harmony between humanity and nature.

Your investment in this project affects every visitor who passes through the gates of Zion National Park. As one of the last unprotected gateways to a National Park in the lower 48 states, Zion’s east side offers an opportunity for public and private land managers to work together to preserve the sanctity of these cherished lands. It is an investment in a vision that seeks to protect the corridor from incompatible development and to maintain the essence of what makes this place so uniquely captivating.

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A New Place to Discover


Amount Needed: Continuous Support

Imagine you had the opportunity to shape the direction of a new National Park experience. Over the last 8 years, Zion Forever Project and our many partners have been working to make that a reality. The first visible step was taken last August when the new Zion National Park Discovery Center broke ground. Poised for an assumptive unveiling in 2025, the Zion Discovery Center is a new opportunity to connect visitors with another chapter in the park’s story. This ambitious legacy initiative represents a significant enhancement to the east side of Zion National Park, envisioned to elevate visitor services, conserve wildlife and flora, and introduce novel educational and recreational opportunities.

This monumental project is designed to serve millions of annual visitors with an enriched, comprehensive experience. Natalie Britt, Zion Forever’s President & CEO, emphasizes the project’s significance, stating: “This building is a commitment to our future, ensuring that every visitor has an opportunity to connect with the park.” Zion Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh echoes this sentiment, highlighting the critical role of the Discovery Center in conserving the

park’s natural corridor: “It’s a gateway to understanding, conserving, and experiencing Zion.”

A recent $5 million grant from the State of Utah and the Outdoor Adventure Commission has propelled the timeline for the site’s educational campus forward. Still, critical gap funding is needed to ensure the campus is ready for its debut. As the park strides towards this historic milestone, the call for funding becomes more urgent. Your donations will make available key resources needed to design and install exhibits, signs, and pathways, helping to develop the grounds into an educational experience corridor worthy of our National Parks.

The Zion National Park Discovery Center is a testament to what can be achieved when vision aligns with action. It stands as a pledge to safeguard the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Zion region while simultaneously addressing the challenges of modern visitation pressures. In the spirit of stewardship and legacy, the Zion Forever Project invites you to be part of this historic endeavor. Your support will help realize a vision that enhances the visitor experience and ensures the conservation of these cherished natural resources forever.

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Dixie National Forest Partnership SUPPORTING FOREST NEEDS

Public lands in Southern Utah are interconnected by rivers, trees, trails, and mountains. Each region is part of a larger ecological and cultural tapestry. Understanding this, the Forever Project is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, underscoring our dedication to preserving the unique landscapes of Zion National Park and extending our stewardship into approximately two million acres of wild land in the Dixie National Forest.

With support from Iron County, our first success secured the resources needed to restore a historic structure just outside Cedar Breaks National Monument, the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Fire Overlook Tower. Sitting at 11,000 feet atop the scenic summit of Brian Head Peak, the structure lost its roof during high winds. Working with Iron County, USFS, and our donors, we are restoring the small building to its original state. This project preserves a significant piece of history and enhances the value of one of the most breathtaking views in Southern Utah.

In addition to the historic building restoration, we are excited to announce the opening of a new retail outlet at the Pine Valley Heritage Center. More than just a place for maps and information, the Heritage Center now offers a unique selection of forest-themed products. Every purchase supports critical Forest Service projects, from custom Smokey Bear apparel to convenience items, as well as books and gifts to share with family and friends. Proceeds directly contribute to funding new trail crews and maintaining the hundreds of miles of trails

that crisscross the Dixie National Forest, ensuring that these paths remain safe and accessible for recreators of all types.

Beyond retail items and visitor services, the Forever Project will also increase the educational programming opportunities at Pine Valley. Bringing a team of trained naturalists and biologists, Zion Forever staff will offer new and creative programming to educate visitors about the forest, its opportunities, and their role in taking care of it.

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This partnership with Dixie National Forest is based on a shared vision of sustainability, education, and community engagement. The Zion National Park Forever Project will continue to spearhead initiatives that enhance visitor experiences and foster environmental stewardship in our shared public lands.

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Pine Valley Reservoir (left) and Mammoth Creek (above) are among dozens of lakes and streams found in Dixie National Forest.

Restoring the Roof at Brian Head Peak


Amount Needed: $50,000

Towering at over 11,000 feet, Brian Head Peak and its iconic Overlook Tower stand as a testament to both natural beauty and rugged craftsmanship. Constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), this historic fire tower has long been a beacon for visitors seeking to immerse themselves in the region’s breathtaking landscapes and the year-round recreation on the Markagunt Plateau. Recently, severe storms have left the overlook damaged, stripping away its roof and calling attention to the urgent need for restoration.

Forest Supervisor Kevin Wright, reflecting on the importance of the site, remarked: “This overlook is not just a vantage point. It is a historical marker and a testament to our commitment to conservation and recreation of all types. Restoring it is not just about preserving the structure, but to honor our heritage and the legacy of the CCC’s work.”

Fire towers were primarily built in the early 20th century to monitor for forest fires at great distances from high mountain points. These structures, often manned by lookouts,

provided a high vantage point to survey vast woodland areas for signs of smoke. Although this fire tower is no longer in active service, it remains a symbol of the Forest Service’s dedication to forest conservation and fire management.

The restoration will require meticulous attention to detail to match the original design. Specialists will work to replicate the original construction, preserving the overlook’s authenticity and integrity by using historically accurate materials that reflect the era’s craftsmanship.

Zion Forever joins the Iron County Tourism Office and the Forest Service in support of this project. This initiative is a call to action for outdoor enthusiasts, conservationists, and residents of Southern Utah to come together to restore one of the most iconic structures in the fivecounty region.

At an elevation of 11,313 ft, Brian Head Peak is one of the highest points on the Colorado Plateau. It’s an ideal location for a fire lookout tower, and is a wonderful place to see into Cedar Breaks National Monument. On a clear day, views extend from Zion National Park in the south, to Bryce Canyon National Park in the north.

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Park Stores


Across our parks, every souvenir becomes a seed planted for future sustainability in our public lands. Our store ambassadors are often the first smiling faces you meet in the park, warmly welcoming all who come to explore Zion’s wonders.

Behind the scenes, our warehouse crew works tirelessly to ensure that deliveries and online orders are coordinated precisely. Our products are lovingly curated to educate, inform, and serve as lasting mementos of an unforgettable visit. Every item brings a story and a purpose, from books that delve into the park’s rich history and biodiversity to artisan crafts that echo the natural beauty surrounding us. Each souvenir is a part of the grander mission of conservation.

For our staff, it’s more than a job. They are the stewards of Zion’s mission and play a pivotal role in enhancing the visitor experience, educating the public, and fostering a deep-rooted connection to these sacred landscapes.

You make a difference when you shop in one of our park stores. Each purchase fuels projects that repair trails, safeguard habitats, and educate eager minds about the importance of nature and conservation. With every item you take home or purchase online, you’re

saying yes to ensuring these experiences last forever.

Our frontline ambassadors and warehouse team are the keepers of this magic. They help weave this connection between visitors’ adventures and the park’s future. They’re here to show you how every hat, book, and piece of jewelry does more than just tell our story—they represent chapters in our ongoing mission of preservation and love.

So, join us as we raise our hats—there are some great ones in the park stores—to the incredible impact your purchases can have. Together, you and our stewards are not just visitors to our parks, but a part of its legacy, the protectors of its wonders, and the sustainers of its future.

Every purchase is a promise, and every souvenir is a symbol of commitment to this breathtaking landscape. Shop, support, and save—because in our parks, you’re shopping to make a difference, turning every moment into a memory and every memory into a mission.

Let’s keep the magic of Zion alive. Thank you for helping to make a difference, now and forever.

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Zion Natural History Museum Pine Valley Heritage Center Kolob Canyons (Zion) Visitor Center Cedar Breaks Visitor Center Pipe Spring Visitor Center
Zion National Park Visitor Center


It begins,

As all nature begins, With water.

The endless sigh of water over rock

And how it carries through you

Like an ancient breeze.

The perpetual push of water

Rushing, roiling, dancing dutifully on,

Pressing ever and on

To the sea.

We owe this beauty, As we owe all life, To Water.

Rippling clear as sun-shot glass

Over rounded stones, amber and pink.

Slogging muddy brown

And flashing white as Grain by grain it

Carries away the canyon’s core.

Water over Rock

Over wind-formed dunes laid down

In epochs past.

Solidified, slotted, lifted, cut By water.

And what have rock and water wrought: This Canyon.

Water, Rock…

And Time

Time above.

Time below.

Time laid down

In the tiny grains of Sand your shoulder brushes

As you journey up the trail, As you ascend from the rolling river And draw nearer to the skyline with Each mortal breath, Nearer to the clouds with Each millennial step.

Stop a moment.

Stop along the slickrock trail.

A moment.

A minute.

And try to come to terms With how it all came to be.

How the sculptor’s tools:

Water, Rock and Time Left behind

The rim rising in soft relief.

Walls and ledges and ridges towering And plunging

In a random order so artful The heart has no choice

But to race.

And that minute, That sixty seconds, What is it: Time.

And why time?

Could it be, as Einstein said, So that everything does not Happen at once?

What is a minute in This deep canyon where The river rolls endlessly on. What is a moment among These castles in the clouds

Where a millennium is

But a heartbeat, Where Forever is now.

Painting by Thomas Moran, 1917 The Rio Virgin, Southern Utah



Support the projects featured in this year’s Field Guide and our work throughout the year. Gifts of $50 or more receive 15% off access codes to our online and in-person retail stores.


To donate to a specific project or to make a gift of more than $5,000, please contact us. We can provide you with multiple ways to contribute, including gifts of securities, electronic transfer, or check, along with setting up a customized giving schedule.


Join the Zion Forever Project Founders Circle with other donors who give $100,000 or more. Support at this level includes annual invites to gatherings and behind-the-scenes project updates. These legacy donations ensure the future of the park experience for millions of visitors each year.


Join our dedicated business and community partners in helping address the highest needs in our public lands. Annual training, business-specific collateral, and more are available to your organization.


Do you want to leave a legacy here in our public lands? As you plan your estate, bequests and donations can be made to Zion Forever through your will or living trust. Contact us for more information on leaving a legacy in our parks.


Ask your employer if they will match your charitable contribution to Zion Forever Project. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and can provide you with a form to submit online or by mail. It’s an easy way to help your gift go twice as far.



The legacy of our public lands is forever. You can make an impact in our parks with a gift made in memory of your loved one by visiting www.zionpark.org


Gifts of stock and other appreciated securities are an easy way to give back, while also receiving a number of tax benefits.


In addition to raising funds, you can make a difference by simply liking the Zion Forever Instagram page and following us on Facebook. We offer engaging information through our social media channels which you can share with others to bring attention to our mission of stewardship.

#zionforever | @zionforeverproject

For more information:

Tiffany Stouffer Director of Development 435-200-9903 tiffany.stouffer@zionpark.org

Zion Forever Project 1 Zion National Park Springdale, UT 84767

Thanks to the following contributors for their efforts in this year’s guide:

Zachary Almaguer Director of Communications

Natalie Britt President & CEO

Jill Burt Vice President of Retail

Shain Manuele Board Chair

Tiffany Stouffer Director of Development

Michelle Temiquel Development Coordinator

Wade Wixom Senior Designer

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Wade Wixom – Cover, p. 1, 2-3, 4, 6-7, 10, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 29, 30, 33, 36, 37, 40, 42, 43

STAX Creative – p. 13, 19, 22, 25, 28

Wyatt Larsen – p. 12, 13

Zion National Park – p. 16, 17

Jennifer Pratt @UtahHikingBeauty – p. 14

Serena Wurmser – p. 34

Pipe Spring National Monument – p. 37

Southern Utah University – p. 23

St. George News / StGnews.com – p. 38

Daniel Eskridge – p. 35

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