Zion National Park
Springdale, Utah 84767
Explore Utah's First National Park!
Massive canyon walls ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. To
experience Zion, you need to walk among the towering cliffs, or
challenge your courage in a small narrow canyon. These unique
sandstone cliffs range in color from cream, to pink, to red. They
could be described as sand castles crowning desert canyons.
Zion National Park - A Century of Sanctuary
By 1909, Zion Canyon was practically inaccessible to outside
visitors; and while only a few had laid eyes on the towering cliffs,
the country still understood its significance and established
Mukuntuweap National Monument. In 2009, National Park Service will
celebrate the Nation's commitment to preservation and protection of
the natural and cultural resources and providing visitor enjoyment
in Zion National Park over the past 100 years.
Nature & Science
Zion's unique geographic location and variety of life zones
combine to create a variety of habitats for a surprising array of
plant and animal species. Located on the Colorado Plateau, but
bordering the Great Basin and Mojave Desert Provinces, Zion is home
to plants from each region.
History & Culture
Evidence of Ancestrial Puebloans, known as the Anasazi, date from
2,000 years ago; Paiutes from about 800 years ago to present. Mormon
settlers arrived in the 1860s. Park visitation in 1920 was 3,692; in
1996 it reached 2.5 million.
Things to Do
Zion offers many trails ranging from short
"leg-stretcher" walks to strenuous adventures. more...
Wildflowers & Fall Colors
A variety of life zones and habitats makes Zion an excellent
location for wildflower walks in spring and brilliant leaf color in
Zion offers the photographer many opportunities to explore color,
texture, and light.
Backcountry Hiking and Camping
The immense backcountry of Zion offers unmatched opportunities
for prepared hikers.
Zion is home to 271 species of birds. Bird checklists are available
at the visitor centers.
The Pa'rus Trail offers a paved, car-free alternative for bicyclists
to connect with the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Shuttle buses are
equipped with bike racks.
Canyon Trail Rides offers one hour and half day horseback rides
in Zion Canyon. Most people who ride the trails in Zion have never
been on horseback before! For more information visit
Join a Park Ranger to learn more about Zion National Park. Topics
include animals, geology, plants, human history and more. Programs
include Ride with a Ranger shuttle tours, guided hikes, daytime
talks and evening programs at Watchman Campground and Zion Lodge.
All programs are free. Check the weekly schedules posted at visitor
centers and bulletin boards throughout the park for times, places,
Places to Picnic
- Kolob Canyon Viewpoint
- Lava Point Overlook
- The Grotto
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