The Hanging Gardens of Zion (USA)

There is an unsuspected hanging garden in the arid setting of southwestern Utah. Located in the heart of Zion National Park, a 60,000 hectare American national park, this cliff-top garden amazes with the diversity of its flora and fauna.

The Hanging Gardens of Zion (USA)
The Hanging Gardens of Zion (USA)

Diversity and contrasts

Zion National Park is visited by the bottom of narrow and deep gorges dug over millions of years by the water of narrows which made its way through the rock revealing layers of white and red sandstone.

Water escapes from the walls of the cliffs which constantly humidifies them, allowing vegetation adapted to this very particular biotope to develop with luxuriance. Legend has it that the water emanating from these cliffs would have fallen in the form of rains over 1000 years ago, seeping through porous layers and then exiting before encountering harder and more impenetrable layers of rock.

Along the Virgin River which flows through the center of the canyon, shrubs and willows take advantage of the nearby water. A hiking trail leads to the ‘Emerald Pools‘, three successive swimming pools offering a splendid landscape.

This extraordinary natural park hosts no less than 300 species of birds dont the Royal Eagle where the california condor, but also around thirty species of reptiles and 82 species of mammals such as the canadian bighorn, the deer hemione Where the puma. In terms of flora, succulents, yucca, cacti of all kinds, carnivorous plants, lithophytic plants clinging to cliffs, but also annuals blooming in spring share the spotlight.

The hanging gardens, a breathtaking spectacle

In the heart of Zion National Park, a famous hiking trail leads to the famous Hanging Gardens. Named ‘Weeping rock trail‘(tearful rocks trail), this short, easy hike both surprises and fascinates.

In this mineral, arid and hostile universe, it is astonishing to feel so much freshness and humidity once the goal is reached. Caves and even minimal crevices in the rock constitute real ecosystems where vegetation can then develop to form real natural hanging gardens in the middle of the steep walls.

A strange lush oasis set in a rocky setting, the hanging gardens are home to a large number of ferns, the very few of which are Asplenium resiliens, Asplenium adiantum-black, Polystichum scopulinum, Pityrogramma triangularis, but also horsetails like Equisetum arvense Where Equisetern laevigatum and foams of the order of Selaginella that is to say very ancient species, witnesses and living proofs of millions of years of adaptation!

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