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Exploring Zion's Hidden Gems: Lava Ridge Mesa

Located on private land, just a few miles west of the awe-inspiring landscapes of Zion National Park, Lava Ridge Mesa stands as a testament to the raw beauty that exists near this popular national landmark located in Springdale, Utah. Overlooking the Virgin River Valley, this hidden gem is only accessible through Zion Jeep Adventure Tours and Zion River’s Edge Adventures zipline experience.

The formation of the Virgin River Valley can be attributed to various geological activities, including tectonic shifts and millions of years of erosion. The uplift of the Colorado Plateau and the nearby Basin and Range Province led to the creation of the various mountain ranges surrounding the valley, such as the Pine Valley Mountains, the Beaver Dam Mountains, and the Virgin Mountains. These uplifted blocks of rock acted as barriers, deflecting the flow of water and influencing the drainage patterns in the region.

Erosion, primarily driven by the powerful erosive force of the Virgin River and its tributaries, further shaped the valley. The Virgin River is a 162-mile perennial river that originates from the Markagunt Plateau and flows through the region, cutting through the surrounding uplifted mountains. Over time, the river has carved a deep and narrow channel, exposing different layers of sedimentary rock and creating the characteristic steep walls and cliffs that define the valley.

For avid photographers, Zion Lava Ridge Mesa offers a treasure trove of captivating beauty and topographical diversity. From the semi-rugged terrain to the vibrant colors of the surrounding flora, there is no shortage of inspiration for capturing stunning images. Whether you prefer wide-angle shots to encompass the vastness of the valley’s landscape, or intimate close-ups of the intricate details, this area will undoubtedly leave you in awe. As you traverse the trails during a Jeep tour, or fly through the air on a zipline, keep an eye out for desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, and peregrine falcon, but most definitely watch out for those Western diamondback rattlesnakes!

It is crucial to emphasize the importance of responsible exploration and conservation within Zion Lava Ridge Mesa. As visitors, we have a responsibility to minimize our impact on the delicate ecosystem and adhere to park regulations. By staying on designated trails, refraining from littering, and respecting the wildlife, we can help preserve this natural wonder for future generations to enjoy.

Whether you are a nature admirer, an adventure seeker, or a photography enthusiast, this mesa offers an immersive and unforgettable experience. So, pack your hiking boots, grab your camera and sunscreen, and get ready to be mesmerized by the breathtaking landscapes of Zion Lava Ridge Mesa! Zion Jeep Adventure Tours operate seasonally, starting from $75 per person. Check availability here. The Zion River’s Edge Adventures zipline is currently under construction and is set to open in 2023. Check pricing and availability here.

Created on 07/11/2022