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Zion National Park in Utah

Fast Facts

  • Location: In southern Utah
  • Attraction type: Natural wonder
  • Significance: Natural rock formations caused by centuries of ice, water and wind erosion
  • Best Time to Visit: Mid March to October
  • Visiting Hours: Daytime
  • How to Reach: By road from St. George (38 miles approx.), Las Vegas (157 miles), Green River (290 miles), Salt Lake City (305 miles), Moab (342 miles)
  • Nearest International Airport: Las Vegas International Airport
Zion National Park in Utah attracts nearly three million visitors annually. This national park in Utah has been made famous by its mysterious rock formations. The Kolob Terrace, Kolob Canyons, and the Narrows are some of the outstanding physical rock formations. Zion National Park in Utah is the oldest in the state and is perhaps the most spectacular.

The monoliths in Utah Zion National Park have been formed after about two hundred million year of weathering. The towering cliffs, deep canyons formed by River Virgin, monoliths, and buttes are results of millennia of erosion by raging ice, water and wind. Nature's violent forces have exposed eight layers of sandstone that has caused the formation of these bewildering natural structures.

Nature has been at its creative best in carving out the rock formations in Zion. The unbelievable geology together with its breathtaking hiking trails and scenic drives makes Zion National Park a magical destination not only in US but also of the whole world.

Activities at Zion National Park in Utah

Have an experience of a lifetime on your hiking tours through the mesmerizing trails of Zion. Discover the Great White Throne, Cathedral Mountain, and the Temple of Sinawava as you trek these routes. The treks range from easy to the difficult ones. The short and easy Weeping Rock Trail and the Riverside Walk are the most popular of all Zion trails. The Zion Narrow is supposedly the best trekking route in Zion. The Angels Landing, Emerald Pools, and the East and West Rims are the other frequently traveled paths.

Certain trails like the Riverside Walk, the Lower Emerald Pools and Pa'rus Trail are wheelchair accessible.

Go on a scenic drive to Zion Canyon from Highway 9. From middle of March to October private vehicles are not allowed on this route and park shuttles are to be used. This fabulous drive for at least 90 minutes takes you to the Court of the Patriarchs, Zion Lodge and Restaurant, the Grotto, Weeping Rock, and Temple of Sinawava.

Accommodation and Dining at Zion National Park in Utah

While touring Zion National Park you could choose from East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, Best Western, the Homestead, East Zone Vacation House and East Zion Cabins. Dining can be a fine experience in the extraordinary surroundings of Zion. Majestic View Steakhouse specializes in steaks and other American delicacies. For Mexican cuisine Bit Spur Mexican Restaurant is the place to be in. Zion Pizza & Noodle Company serves Italian fare while Whiptail Grill is the perfect place for an Asian meal.

Related Links : This is the first of a five part video series on the Zion National Park. Check out the wonderful flora and fauna of this wonderful part of the world.

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