Zion National Park in Utah is a paradise for adventure lovers. Zion holds a position of religious significance. According to Christian beliefs, it is the place where Mary spent her last night. The stunning beauty of this place is almost beyond the imagination of mortals. Zion truly has something divine about it. Nature has also displayed some of its finest creations at Zion. Wild storms accompanied by frenzied water or ice hitting against the rocks have given birth to some spectacular rock creations, which are protected by the park authorities. A feeling of awe and wonder strikes the moment you see these Junoesque monoliths of Utah.
Today, Zion has become a popular destination for tourism. The Zion National Park offers a horde of recreational activities to visitors. Zion Canyon at the park offers several hiking trails. The walls of Prodigal Son, Moonlight Buttress, Spaceshot, and Touchstone being short are the best places for rock climbing. The park also offers guided horse riding tours (during a particular time duration). There are three campsites: South, Watchman, and Lava Point at the park, so you can also enjoy camping. At the Zion Canyon IMAX you can watch the documentaries on the history of the Zion Canyon and the American Southwest.
The park is a home to 291 species of birds. It has a mammal population of 78 and there are 44 reptiles and amphibians in the park. Some of the special birds found here are the California condor the bald eagle, and Peregrine falcon. Lion, plateau lizards, mule deer, wild turkeys, rattlesnake, foxes, red spotted toads, and porcupines are some of the animals found at the park.
- Angel’s Landing – Scary, yet one of the best trails.
- Observation Point – Offers great views from a 2,200-feet elevation.
- The Narrows – is the most renowned hiking trail and is often flooded by sudden surges of water.
- Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway – Panoramic highway with many tunnels and sharp turns.
- Zion Shuttle – Keeps the traffic out of the pristine place and is a perfect alternative to tour the park.
- Kolob Canyons – Canyons cut out in finger shape.
Zion National Park Map
Zion National Park Facts
- Zion National Park is Utah’s very first national park.
- The park was opened to the public on November 19, 1919.
- The park spreads over an area of 146,597 acres.
Best time to visit Zion National Park
The best time to visit the park is during fall and spring when the weather is cooler.
Zion National Park Hours
The park opens throughout the year on all days.
Zion National Park Tickets
Non-transferable weekly passes are available at following prices:
- Private Vehicle: $30
- Motorcycle: $25
- Per Person: $15
More about Zion National Park
Nearby Attractions: The Subway, Angels Landing, South Campground, Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theatre, and Zion Natural History Museum.
Published On: Tuesday, January 7th, 2014