Zion National Park: Utah’s First National Park
Zion National Park isn’t just any park. It is filled with paths where ancient pioneers and native people walked, wilderness, and a unique range of wildlife. With pink, red, and blue that paint the skies, colossal sandstone cliffs, and beautiful scenery, this enchanting place is one you won’t want to miss. Here’s what you will love about Zion National Park!
The History and Culture
Zion National Park’s first people lived here over 12,000 years ago. Although, they are almost invisible, there are still incredible signs these people were there. As the climate changed, so did the way of life in Zion much like the people. From Virgin Anasazi peoples to Paiute, Anasazi, and European decedents, Zion is a sanctuary of life and hope.
With over 229 square miles of plateaus, a maze of narrow, and deep sandstone canyons, Zion National Park is packed with picturesque nature to behold. It’s elevation change throughout the park from 5,000 feet at the highest point at Horse Ranch Mountain to the lowest point at Coal Pits Wash, leaves Zion full of diversity. Desert, riparian, pinyon-juniper, and conifer woodlands all contribute to various habitats and species throughout the park. Zion National Park is home to:
- More than 1,000 species of plants including cottonwoods, towering pines, lush firs, and hanging gardens
- 67 species of mammals
- 29 species of reptiles
- 7 species of amphibians
- 9 species of fish
- 207 species of birds
- Deep sandstone canyons
- The Virgin River and its tribes
- Beautiful crystal clear Springs and waterfalls
Of course, there is no limit to the fun you can have at Zion National Park. Here are a few of the things you can do when you visit:
- Go camping. Zion has 3 campgrounds to choose from: The Lava Point Campground, Watchman Campground, and South Campground
- Bicycle through the trails. If you want to go out for a ride, all park roadways, and the Pa’trus trail make great bicycling adventures.
- Relax and enjoy Bird watching. With over 200 species of birds, bird watching is a relaxing and exhilarating activity you can do throughout the park. You can find a bird checklist at the visiting center.
- Enjoy climbing and canyoneering. Get a permit to climb the canyons and take an adventure of a lifetime to the highest point.
- Go hiking. With trails and wilderness, hiking is a picturesque way to enjoy Zion National Park.
- See the wilderness on Horseback. Guided horseback trips are available March through October. If you want to see the sights on horseback, visit canyonrides.com.
- Take a trip down the river. Boats can be rented and permitted on the Virginia River during flow rate over 150 CFS.
- Backpacking. One of the greatest adventures is to back pack your way through the entire park. You won’t want to miss any part of this beautiful wilderness.
With so much beauty to behold in this colorful and diverse park, you won’t want to leave. Have you been to Zion National Park? Share your experiences in the comments below!