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APRIL 18, 2014

Zion National Park has the richest and most diverse plant flora of any park in Utah with over 1000 different species. Much of the park's diversity is derived from its location at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave desert ecosystems. The Mojave flora is very limited in the park, being found primarily in the extreme southwest corner in the Coal Pits Wash and Petrified Forest areas. These low desert areas appear barren and austere during much of the year, but in springtime (especially after a wet winter) the area is covered by delicate wildflowers - including short-lived annuals, prickly cacti, and flowering shrubs. Early April is the optimal time to visit this corner of the park before temperatures become too hot and while the short-lived floral beauty is still at its peak. Limited to 10 participants. The hiking difficulty for this class is rated as easy to moderate.

Fee: $60
Instructor: Dan McConnell
Ages: 15 years and up
Meets: 9 am in at the Zion National Park Human History Museum
Price: US $60.00

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