Zion National Park

Springdale, Utah

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The rugged, lush and narrow canyon with a sometimes raging river and spectacularly colored rocky promontories characterize Zion Canyon, which has been compared by many to the Valley of Yosemite. The sheer rock walls are indeed similar, but those at Zion have far more color. The canyon road extends eight miles through canyons, past buttes and mesas, interspersed with vegetation. Zion’s mountains are famous for their color– brownish-red at the bottom, becoming whiter as they rise toward the sky. Then, too, there are fantastic shades of purple and lilac, all the more brilliant when captured in the sunlight. The fanciful names of many of the park’s features probably owe their origin to early Mormon settlers. But when you see the dramatic formations that gave rise to these names, you will fully understand the awe that must have been felt by these early visitors. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.
Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks

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Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks

by Larry H. Ludmer (Hunter Publishing)

The rugged, lush and narrow canyon with a sometimes raging river and spectacularly colored rocky promontories characterize Zion Canyon, which has been compared by many to the Valley of Yosemite. The sheer rock walls are indeed similar, but those at Zion have far more color. The canyon road extends eight miles through canyons, past buttes and mesas, interspersed with vegetation. Zion’s mountains are famous for their color– brownish-red at the bottom, becoming whiter as they rise toward the sky.

Then, too, there are fantastic shades of purple and lilac, all the more brilliant when captured in the sunlight. The fanciful names of many of the park’s features probably owe their origin to early Mormon settlers. But when you see the dramatic formations that gave rise to these names, you will fully understand the awe that must have been felt by these early visitors. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.

©  Larry H. Ludmer/Hunter Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Springdale
Season: Year-round, best in warmer months
Local Contacts: Contact information for the park, accommodations, and dining are included in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Zion National Park

Recent Trail Reviews

6/3/2011
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My husband and I spent a week at this park and hiked approximately 51 miles total. When we left, we still felt there were three more hikes we wanted to do; we will go back some day. This is the year to do the East Rim Trail, there is plenty of water and the views are fantastic. The hike coming out of the East Rim into the valley are very steep. I would rather have hiked it when I was fresher; but I would not change the experience for anything. This hike gets a three thumbs up (by the way it is only 13.5 miles of our 51 miles and that took in cable mountain.)


5/12/2010
0

The ride through Zion N.P. is short but amazing. It is best to be the passenger so you don't drive off the cliff because your gazing all around except for the road. There is a cool tunnel you drive through as well. I didn't get to get out and hike any trails because of my 2 year old and dog but we got to atleast see Zion. Also we couldn't drive to the Canyon because they closed the road for all vehicles and you had to pay for a tour bus. What a bunch of BS that was. Go see Zion and be amazed.


3/24/2008
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The cliffs here like giant hallowed guardians watching over holy ground. The park is one of my favorite.



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