Zion National Park

Zion National Park

National Park · Utah, United States


Zion National Park is located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. The lowest elevation is 3,666 ft at Coalpits Wash and the highest elevation is 8,726 ft at Horse Ranch Mountain.

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Zion National Park is renowned as one of the most beautiful national parks in the USA. Utah’s first national park is known for its towering red rock cliffs and vertical-walled slot canyons, and most notably, its "Angels Landing" hike.
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Cory Wharton-Malcolm: “I went here to record a Time to Run episode. It was freezing cold but beautiful. I saw lots of wildlife, including many large deer, and got caught in a hailstorm with hailstones the size of small rocks. The rock formations across the park are very special. What makes it an ideal spot for fitness enthusiasts? The variety of trails. Make sure to start slow, warm up, consider the altitude, and watch your footing as the terrain changes. And don’t miss Angels Landing.”
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Sandstone cliffs, slot canyons, and animal wildlife are all part of the wonder of Zion National Park in Utah. You’ll want to give yourselves plenty of time at this scenic destination to take it all in. Try a kid-friendly hike, like The Grotto Trail, Weeping Rock Trail, or the Emerald Pool Trail. While at the Emerald Pool trail, be sure to check out the gorgeous waterfall views.
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Zion National Park is renowned as one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States of America. Utah’s first national park, here you can “follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon,” according to the National Park Service.
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This ride links together the outer loop Guacamole trails into a great 11-mile ride—perfect for upper intermediates—with plenty of advanced options as well.
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Utah’s first national park, Zion National Park offers visitors the opportunity for hiking, backpacking, climbing and more. The park’s highlights include its expansive canyon, averaging 2,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike along its floor in the 20-30-foot-wide area known as the Narrows. Also not to be missed are the park’s natural rock arches, including prominent Crawford and Kolob arches.
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The incredible thing about Zion National Park is that it hasn't changed an iota over the years—you'll see the same massive sandstone formations, twisty caves and dark skies bursting with stars that people have been admiring for thousands of years. Mosey to spectacular overlooks, hike to Emerald Pools, walk to Weeping Rock, or stroll on Riverside Walk and you'll get a sense of the grandeur of this spectacular national park.
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If it’s adventure you seek, Zion National Park stands ready to deliver. Backpacking and bicycling are just the tip of the canyon; canyoneering, camping and climbing are also on the menu. Those who crave a challenge can trek the Narrows of Zion Canyon, which involves hiking from the Temple of Sinawava down along the Virgin River. Looking for fun that’s less adventurous? Ranger-led activities are available, including drop-in tours.
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A bold desert beauty, this 230-sq-mile park is a highlight of southern Utah. Hikes range from trails traipsing the ridge lines to river wading under steep canyon walls. Many come for a canyoneering experience but there are also family friendly hikes and scenic drives. If possible, enter Zion from the east, following Hwy 9 west from Hwy 89. The route is jaw-droppingly scenic as it rolls through colorful red rocks and a gallery-dotted tunnel before switchbacking 3.5 miles into the canyon.
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