Zion National Park
About the Zion National Park
Zion National Park is a southwest Utah nature preserve distinguished by Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive cuts through its main section, leading to forest trails along the Virgin River. The lowest point in the park is 3,666 ft at Coalpits Wash and the highest peak is 8,726 ft at Horse Ranch Mountain. The park has a unique geography and a variety of life zones that allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. From the name “Zion” itself, it is a place of peace and refuge, it is a sanctuary with over 146,000 acres of cliffs, canyons, mountains, buttes, mesas, rivers, various plant species and animal life, and uninterrupted beauty, its massive sandstone walls, some as high as 3,800 feet, offer an opportunity for serenity and reflection to those who visits the park.
Trail in Zion National Park
Seven trails with round-trip times of half an hour (Weeping Rock) to 4 hours (Angels Landing) are found in Zion Canyon. Two popular trails, Taylor Creek (4 hours round trip) and Kolob Arch (8 hours round trip), are in the Kolob Canyons section of the park, near Cedar City. Hiking up into The Narrows from the Temple of Sinawava is popular in summer; however, hiking beyond Big Springs requires a permit. The entire Narrows from Chamberlain’s Ranch is a 16-mile one way trip that typically takes 12 hours of strenuous hiking. A shorter alternative is to enter the Narrows via Orderville Canyon. But, both Orderville and the full Narrows require a back country permit.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Weather Conditions
Before planning your trip, check current condition and come prepared for anything, The park is open every day of the year. Facility hours of operation will change depending on the season. In summer, temperatures in Zion National Park often exceed 100°F/38°C. Zion experiences monsoons from mid-July into September that results in an increased risk of flash floods. Always be aware of the threat of storms and lightning and be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions. It is always best to Check the weather forecast.
2) Things to Bring
Come prepared for everything you need for a day in the park, make sure to pack plenty of water, snack, sunblock, hat, sunglasses, binoculars, camera, appropriate footwear, and dress for the weather.
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3) Stay Connected
For News release such as updated park news, cautions and alerts, trail, road, campground & river conditions, shuttle system, always connect with Zion National Park through social media sites on Facebook, Instagram, and website.