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Utah Loop 2013 Day 15 St. George to Zion Canyon

Our first stop was Brigham Young’s winter home. We were personally guided around the home by a member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.  Many of the objects in the home belonged to Brigham Young. He was the second president of the church and led his followers to Utah after incidents in Illinois made it unsafe to stay there in Nauvoo. Suffering from arthritis he needed to escape the cold in Salt Lake City and bought this property in St. George. His portrait hangs over the mantle in the drawing room of the home. I was amazed that the photo turned out so well as you could hardly see the picture in the dark room. Wikipedia says he had 55 wives and 56 children; 46 of his children made it to adulthood. For a time he was governor of the Utah Territory. He died in 1877. St. George is a beautiful town with tree lined streets and flowers everywhere. It’s a short 36 mile drive to Springdale, nestled in the canyon at the entrance to Zion National Park. We were camped at the Quality Inn RV Park overlooking the Virgin River until two busloads of kids arrived for a 2 day camp. They parked the busses between us and the river. The park moved us up the hill to a much quieter site but no river view just mountains on either side. What makes Zion different from the other parks so far is it’s a canyon surrounding a small river. At the visitor center we watched a 45 minute IMAX movie of Zion’s mountains made in 1994. It was well done. Tomorrow we will hike beside the river to where the canyon narrows.

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