Now that the National Park has declared “no interest” in this find I can be comfortable revealing the location of the rock so others can see this little piece of Zion National Park’s history. The source of “the rock” is now known. The inscription reads “Red Rock Lounge” and was etched into the stone using a mechanical cutting tool.
This rock now lies approximately 4 miles from where it originally stood as part of a decorative fountain at the old Red Rock Lounge in the original Zion Lodge.
The original Lodge building, which had lasted about 40 years burned to the ground in 1969. Much of the natural debris from the fire was scattered, but some how this rock survived the dismantling and found it’s way into the Virgin River. Ever since it has slowly tumbled with the River to its current location near South Campground. The Park Service has stated it doesn’t plan to do anything with the rock so future floods of the Virgin River, like the flood of 2010, will continue to convey the rock to other locations down river. Eventually, the etched text will disappear from the continued scouring of the sandy river.