Court of the Patriarchs Zion National Park
Photo by Joe Prokop


Zion National Park: A Century of Views

For over 100 years, Zion National Park has served as a destination for tourists and adventurers, but also an inspiration to artist of all disciplines. The park continues to be a natural muse for photographers, painters, authors, poets, and musicians. As the park enters its second century, PBS Utah’s newest documentary, Voices of Zion, introduces you to some of these artists, and focuses on the challenges that lie ahead and how the public can protect this national gem.

How individuals have captured their view of the park has varied over the decades as technology has advanced. Rock art, stereoscopic photographs, illuminated lantern slides, paint on canvas, and the ubiquitous “selfie” are just an example of the different ways visitors have attempted to explain what the park means to them. This exhibit is a sampling of how human invention and reinvention continues to extend the grandeur of this landscape beyond the park into the exploring minds and hearts of those who make Zion a regular destination, or for those who dream of visiting someday. Whether the intent was to share it with an audience or preserve a personal memory, it’s now here for us to enjoy. From the of the indigenous inhabitants of the land who laboriously left their marks on the rocks, to the out-of-town tourist who takes a quick snapshot of themselves against the majestic backdrop of the canyons, there’s something about these pictures that proudly says, “I was here.”

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Updated June 2021