Though relatively small as US national parks go---only 229 square miles---Zion packs a tremendous amount of elevation change and geography into its small footprint. The main canyon is very narrow, yet two-thousand-foot towers of rock overlook your every move. Zion was first protected under the name "Mukuntuweap National Monument" in 1909, but was promoted to a national park in 1919. Now the area is a hiker's paradise, with trails for every level of climber leading up and through the thick Navajo Sandstone deposits which give the canyon its reddish color.
Our print contains many of the popular features of the park, from Bridge Mountain and the East Temples, Three Patriarchs, The Sentinel, Castle Dome, The Great White Throne, to the beginning of the Virgin River Narrows. Westward, the model include backcountry features such as Horse Pasture Plateau, Church Mesa, and many knife-edge ridges just beyond the main valley. Normal maps simply cannot communicate the magnificence of the terrain in Zion, only a 3D print can do it justice. We hope the detail and fidelity of this piece kindle in you the curiosity that the first explorers must have had.
An important note to make here is that the data for the East Temple has been wrong for decades. This map uses very recent LiDAR scans of the park, and in the process of preparing this model, I discovered that the true elevation of the East Temple is 7114', not 7709' as it appears in the USGS topographic map, digital elevation data, and all other reports of its height. Earlier 3D prints of Zion used the old data, and the East Temple stuck out above all other neighboring peaks. The highest point on this model is thus Church Mesa, for which LiDAR data confirms the 7395' summit.
Model scale is 1:50000
Model measures 6.9" x 9.8" x 1.31" (17.5 x 25 x 3.3 cm)
Original area is approximately 5.4 by 7.8 miles
Altitudes covered: 3944' to 7395'
There is no vertical exaggeration applied to this model. This is a true-to-life scale model of a real place.
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Model created using GDAL, NetPBM, Gmsh, Carve, MeshLab, and other custom software
Source of digital elevation and aerial orthoimagery data: U.S. Geological Survey
The USGS home page is https://www.usgs.gov/