National Geographic : 1954 Jan
70 Justin Locke Youthful Hikers Take a Breather on Lady Mountain's Flat-topped Summit Lady Mountain caps Zion Canyon's west wall opposite Zion Lodge (page 54). Some 2,000 feet of cable railing and 1,400 steps cut into solid rock help climbers ascend more than half a mile in two miles of trail. westernmost projection, giving it a total of less than half a mile of improved road. Hur ricane Cliffs rise sharply beside this highway, barring the general view of the monument to the east. By driving three miles westward, toward the town of New Harmony, an excel lent view is obtained. Natural Arch Has No Name On a shoulder of Timber Top Mountain, north of La Verkin Canyon, a great natural arch rises 252 feet above the canyon floor (page 66). First climbed and roughly meas ured on August 14, 1953, by Fred D. Ayres, of Portland, and A. E. Cresswell, of Hood River, Oregon, this outstanding Zion Monu ment sculpture still awaits an official name. Ceiling of the monument is Horse Ranch Mountain, 8,740 feet, its top a lava field. Zion National Monument was created in 1937. There is as yet no approved plan for its development, according to Paul R. Franke, the present superintendent of Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. It will probably re main a primitive area for many years to come (pages 64, 67, and 68). Zion Park's first full-time superintendent, Eivind Scoyen, has moved on to a similar post in California's Sequoia National Park, but his enthusiasm for southwestern Utah's natural wonders is undiminished. His interest in the rainbow canyon extends even to its ultimate fate at the hands of Father Time. The little Virgin River, he told me, carries away about 300,000 tons of pulverized rock a year. Even tually the elements will have their way. The muddy little Mukuntuweap will wash all the cliffs out to sea, and the rainbow canyon will be no more. The prospect would have pleased one elderly visitor to Zion, Scoyen told me with a chuckle. When asked how she liked Zion Canyon, she said, "The cliffs are wonderful, but they do shut off the view!"