Zion National Park, Utah

Mountain States

ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH Zion is a spot where the word "scenic" doesn't do it justice. It is a backpacker's heaven, yet the Park can be equally enjoyed from an automobile or a motorized tram. It can provide the avid outdoorsman the peaceful isolation of pure, untouched nature, or it can flaunt breathtaking views seen through a car's windshield. Zion is a canyon of brilliant green set against a backdrop of sheer red cliffs, with an occasional lacy waterfall fanning out from the rock. Cut by the River, the beauty of Zion is so striking, so intense, that it can easily become your favorite vacation stop. Open year-round, Zion is readily accessible on Scenic Byway 9 from I-15 on the west about 40 miles from St. George or by way of US 89 on the east at Mt. Carmel Junction north of Kanab. Wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes because trails such as Weeping Rock, Emerald Pools, Canyon Overlook, and Gateway to the Narrows are easy strolls. More difficult hikes such as Watchman, Kolob Arch, and Angles Landing require considerably more time and preparation. The ultimate Zion hike--The Narrows--requires a permit which must be obtained well in advance of the trip as well as significant advanced preparations. Other popular ways to see the canyon are on horseback with one of the outfitters in the park, by bicycle, or on the guided tram tours. Park naturalists provide guided walks and evening programs during the summer. Zion's main visitor center one mile north of Springdale at the south entrance is open year-round from 9am-4:30pm with extended hours in the Summer. Before you leave Zion, be sure and see "Grand Circle: A Multi-Media Presentation," at the Obert C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale. The film, projected on a 24' x 40' screen, gives you an impressive overview of the entire Grand Circle area and six national parks. WHERE TO STAY WHILE VISITING ZION NATIONAL PARK: Springdale (at the park) Hurricane: (23 miles, about 25 minutes) St. George: (40 miles, about 45 minutes) Cedar City: (56 miles, about 1 hour and 10 minutes) Mt. Carmel Junction: (14 miles, about 17 minutes) Kanab: (31 miles, about 37 minutes) Weather Information: Zion is open all year. Weather conditions change with topography and elevation. March receives the most rain, averaging 1.7". Afternoon showers are common in late Summer. Summer days are hot, nights are cool. In the Winter, snowfall is in the canyon, heavier on the plateaus.

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