Zion National Park

Overview

Signature sandstone cliffs, narrow canyons, gorgeous flora, and lively fauna all converge in Utah's first national park. Zion Canyon itself is the prominent signature feature of the park, ranging 15 miles from end to end, and reaching depths of nearly half a mile in places. The landscape is rich with non-human life, where rich clusters of Indian Paintbrush, Prickly Pear Cactus, and Golden Aster flourish beneath the paws, hooves and claw of cougars, gray foxes, coyotes, jackrabbits, rock squirrels, cottontails, and spectacular collared lizards.

Information

From late March through early November, nature walks and guided horseback tours are available to visitors. Seven hiking trails, including the concise Weeping Rock and the more extensive Angels Landing, are located inside Zion Canyon. Longer trails, Kolob Arch and Taylor Creek, are located in Kolob Canyons. Rock climbing is a huge draw at the park, with features like Spaceshot, Prodigal Son, and Touchstone inviting ascenders.

Price range

Entrance fee for an individual in a private, noncommercial vehicle is $25, good for seven days. Entrance fee for an individual on a motorcycle is $12, good for seven days. Commercial Tour fees range from $35 to $190, depending on group size.

Best time to visit

Though the availability of some services may change throughout the year, the park is open 24/7, all year long.

Near by POI

The Zion–Mount Carmel Highway provides reliable access between Springdale and the east side of the park, and features the famous Mt. Carmel Tunnel, where six window-like cuts show through a sandstone cliff. The town of Springdale, Utah is located on the south side of the park, and offers entertainment, dining, and lodging.

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