Virgin, Utah: Shoe Tree For Hikers - Burnt

Dead tree festooned with hiking shoes, outside the entrance of Zion National Park. On Nov. 14, 2012, the tree was set on fire by unknown assailants.
Directions:
South side of State Road 9 between mile markers 20 and 21. Location approximate.
Hours:
Nov. 2012: Reported burnt down.

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Shoe tree burnt. Zion Shoe Tree is Dead

The Zion Shoe Tree has been burned and cut down. On Nov. 14, around 7pm, the Springdale Fire Department raced to a reported fire 12 miles west of Zion National Park.

[Mike Fousie, lightcurve.com, 11/16/2012]

A disturbing loss, especially for its hiker fans.

Shoe Tree. Shoe Tree For Hikers

More shoes!

[Ham, 09/04/2012]

Nice growth in only one season... though it's straining the definition of "tree."

Shoe Tree. Shoe Tree For Hikers

This shoe tree has the distinction of being just outside the entrance of one of the most beautiful national parks anywhere in America. The tree is on State Road 9 between mile markers 20 and 21 and is on the south side of the road with several convenient places to pull out and park. In the background you will also see some of the towering red sandstone cliffs of Zion. On the tree you will note that most of the shoes are hiking boots. Legend has it that they are hung here in tribute to the Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park - because once you have completed this hair-raising hike you may as well hang up your boots as nothing else exists to compare with it. Over the years several hikers have lost their lives on that trail and there is truly a spectacular view from the top!

[Valerie McClory, 06/04/2012]

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