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Zion National Park
Established in 1919 and enlarged in later years, Zion National Park encompasses 146,551 acres (229 square miles). Its mighty canyons and cliffs have long inspired feelings of awe. With canyons laced with desert varnish, and cliffs that tower thousands of feet above the surrounding scenery, Zion National Park has a lot to offer. Flora, fauna, and wildlife are as diverse as the elevation. The elevation in the park varies greatly from 4,000 to 9,000 ft.
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For Families:

Zions is just a really cool place to visit and camp.

The children's favorite hikes are Emerald Pools and the Narrows.

Angel's landing is a bit much for young children, but older children may enjoy it if they are not afraid of heights at all.


The park encompasses approx. 230 square miles and has several different sections, including the Kolob Canyon section, Zion Canyon section, and the Southeast section.

Most who come to the Park see only Zion Canyon with red, white, and brown sandstone cliffs that tower 2,000+ feet over the North Fork of the Virgin River. The Narrows of Zion Canyon are located here. Here one can hike through water and narrow canyons with cliffs towering thousands of feet above the river. As you hike further up the canyon, the walls narrow spectacularly.

Other sections of the park include the Kolob Canyons section. This is accessible from 1-15. Kolob Arch is located here as well as various canyons.

The southeast section is separated from the rest of the park by a mile long tunnel that was completed in 1930. The road is sometimes referred to as the Zion-Mt Carmel highway. The Great Arch and and an impressive Canyon overlook are located here.

Hikes in the Park include:

Narrows of Zion Canyon: Starting from the main canyon trailhead, the hike is as long as you want to hike up the canyon before turning Starting from the top, a 16-17 mile hike one way through water

Emerald Pools

Angels Landing: 4.5-5 miles round-trip. Trail goes up Refrigerator Canyon before going up Walter's Wiggles. People with fear of heights may wish to stop at the saddle.

East Rim of Zion Canyon

West Rim of Zion Canyon: 14.5 miles one way

The Subway: 8.5 miles one way, swimming through ice cold water is required.

Coalpits Wash

Orderville Canyon: 12.5-13 miles one way

Hop Valley

Kolob Arch

Observation Point

Canyon Overlook (Tunnel)

Watchman Viewpoint

Wildcat Canyon

Left Fork

Cable Mountain

The Park has recently begun to use a shuttle system due to the large numbers of visitors from all over the world.

Flash floods periodically occur in parts of the park and temperatures in the summer often exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter snow and ice can close the back country of the park. Hikers should be prepared for conditions.

Location: Zion National Park is located in Southwestern Utah. It is about 3 hours from Las Vegas, Nevada and 4-5 hours from Provo, Utah and Salt Lake City respectively.


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