Zion National Park Gets Commemorative Licence Plate, But It's No Delicate Arch
Zion National Park is celebrating its centennial this year, and the state of Utah's gift is a commemorative license plate honoring Zion. But it pales in comparison to the state's license plate that depicts Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.
For many years Utahns have had two main choices of license plates -- the one with Delicate Arch, which debuted in 1996 as the state's centennial plate, and one that promotes the state's ski industry. There also have been a number of plates that reflect special interests, such as wildlife, disabled veteran, firefighter, etc. The special interests plates feature a white background with a relatively small logo set off to the left of the plate's number.
Sadly, the Zion National Park commemorative plate, which the state Legislature authorized in 2008, falls into the special interest category, not the Delicate Arch category.
The Zion license plate provides an opportunity for Utah residents to show their pride and support for Utah’s most-visited national park and one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Fees from the plate sales will go to the Zion National Park Foundation, a non-profit park partner, to support visitor programs, resource management projects, and facilities within the national park.
Depicting the Great White Throne and the Virgin River in Zion Canyon, the license plate image was adapted from the Zion National Park Centennial logo. The plate is one of many centennial projects designed to celebrate the park’s first 100 years.