December 13, 2017

A Quick Look At Zion National Park

When you want to take a vacation to an area that provides stunning scenery and landscapes and will give you a chance to become immersed in the activities and wonder of nature, planning a vacation to Zion National Park will be the perfect destination. Both the Anasazi and Paiute tribes lived in the canyon and it become the first National Park in Utah in 1919. Just a few miles from Springdale, Utah, this fabulous park will give you the outdoor activities and adventure that will make your vacation memorable.

Zion National Park

Getting to the Park, you will pass through the Zion-Mt. Carmel tunnel. The tunnel is famous for it’s 6 large windows, carved into the sandstone that give you a spectacular view of the canyon and landscape. The park is made up of 124,406 acres (503.5 km2) of mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, rivers, slot canyons and natural arches. One of the world’s longest arches can be found when you hike to Kolob Arch.

If you don’t want to drive to the Park, there are free shuttles running from April through October that will take you to the entrance the trail that leads to the mouth of the Zion Narrows. You’ll find many hiking trails that highlight the massive sandstone canyons. The highest point in the park is Horse Ranch Mountain at 8,726 feet, or you can enjoy a hike to Coal Pits Wash, the lowest point in the canyon at 3,666 feet.

The park is home to one of the most diverse groupings of plants in Utah with over 900 species of indigenous plans. It is also home to many rare and endangered species of animal life. You may see Peregrine Falcons, Mexican Spotted Owls, California Condor, Desert Tortoises, the Zion Snail and more. The big horn sheep, meandering through the canyon and on the hillsides are amazing wonders of balance and beauty.

If you are interested in seeing the park, but want to take a break from hiking, you can take a guided horseback riding tour that will lead you through the narrow canyon walls that run for over 15 miles through the park. From the base of the canyon you can look up and see over 150 million years of sedimentation carved into the reddish sandstone.

You can enjoy taking the 12-hour backpacking hike through the narrows from the Temple of Sinawave. Or, choose any of the other 7 popular trails that are well maintained and designed to bring you close to the natural beauty and wonder of the region. Hiking trails can be a short 1/2 hour trip to Weeping rock up to the 8 hour trek to the Kolub arch.

Many people enjoy the rock climbing opportunities in the Park and if this is something you enjoy doing, or want to learn, coming to the rock climbing center of the United States will be a great adventure. The rock climbing adventures are rated and there are many short walls that include Touchstone, Moonlight Buttress, Prodigal Son and more.

Zion National Park also offers great choices for accommodations. You can stay in one of the historic cabins, the Zion Lodge, or camp in one of the 3 campgrounds. Guided walking tours, hikes and evening programs are provided throughout the spring and summer months. You will find a great restaurant and cafe located in the park or, if you’d rather enjoy a picnic in the base of the canyon, you will find picnic tables available as well as amenities to make your vacation even more fun.

For more information visit http://travel.utah.gov/destinations/zionnp.html