Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures. Find typical and current weather conditions in Zion, as well as the flow rate of the Virgin River and the flash flood potential forecast.
Welcome to Springdale, located just outside ZionNationalPark against a backdrop of the most breathtaking mountain panoramas you will ever see. This community is home to locally managed hotels, B&B’s, restaurants, farmer’s markets, art galleries, tour guides, outfitters, gift shops, hiking, bike trails and more.
Southern Utah is full of outdoor activities with sunshine year-round. Historically this area has been rich in agriculture and now has the added benefits of great hotels and vacation rentals, excellent restaurants for all types of dining, and a wide array of annual events.
ZionNationalPark is like the set of a movie that’s so grand you know it’s fake, but you don’t care because it’s delicious to look at; the kind of flick where the art director was given carte blanche and didn’t worry about believability. If you’re looking to line up lodging for your Zion vacation, Springdale has the corner on the market.
If you want to range farther afield, there are excellent lodging options in Mount Carmel, Kana or even St. George. Of course, if you like to be right in the middle of the action, you’ll want to stay in- park at the Zion Lodge, wearing dark glasses and pretending to be famous.
Visitors are encouraged to stop and learn how to visit the park with minimum impact on the fragile desert environment. At the visitor centers, you will find maps, brochures, and books available to help you enjoy your visit.
Narrows (top-down) Subway (top-down AND bottom-up) Overnight backpacking Cannoneering Climbing If Mother Zion put out the greatest hikes album, there are a few trails that would definitely make Side A.
Angels Landing : The concept for this hike was obviously born in a simpler, less litigious time, when scaling sheer cliffs with the aid of only a chain bolted into rock was considered top-form family fun. Your belly might drop to your toes on the ascent, but the view from the top (and the adrenaline shot) will make everything worth it.
Aptly named, the view takes in 270 degrees of the canyon, from the white cliffs and hideaways of Echo Canyon to Angels Landing, which is directly beneath you in every sense of the word. Emerald Pools : See the park’s jewel collection with a trip to the Emerald Pools, a series of desert oases separated by lush vegetation, waterfalls and red rock monoliths.
Zion is one of the most visited parks in the whole country, but you don’t have to spend your vacation idling in an entry line. Expect long lines to get in and full parking lots by 10:00 a.m. Leave early to beat the rush or park in Springdale and ride the free shuttle in.
Pack some layers and make the most of the less crowded off-season, November to February. Don’t let the weather gods rain on your parade… err, family vacation.
The wet weather peaks in March, but the Snowbelt and high water levels last until May. From July to September, the monsoon season is in full swing, surprising visitors with thunderstorms, lightning and heavy rain.
It’s a great time to visit the park, but stay alert: check the weather to steer clear of flash floods and make sure the river’s warm enough to wade in without consequence. Zion is beautiful in the winter, but rain is a regular feature and the nights often dip below freezing.
Snow tends to accumulate in the upper elevations but melts quickly on the valley floor. Park employees plow the roads, but some trails are closed depending on weather conditions.
On any trails (other than Pa’us) and wilderness areas On shuttle buses In public buildings So tack an extra day onto your trip and hop, skip or jump to pay a visit to Zion’s scenic siblings.
Its name means “residence closest to heaven” in Mormon scripture and it more than earns the title, with soaring sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and a warren of canyon offshoots in ample backcountry. Walk on this massive Red Sea of shifting sand dunes and raise your arms to the sky.
This stunning Hardscape of pink and white cliffs, slick rock and black lava rock is located a short drive (or bike ride!) The Zion Canyon Shuttle will resume limited operations from December 24, 2020, through January 2, 2021.
Map and Guide Planning a trip to ZionNationalPark can be as challenging as exploring the park itself. Directions ZionNationalPark is located on State Route 9 in southwest Utah.
Whether you prefer camping inside the park or stylish inns with river views, we found the perfect location for your family to stay For the ultimate Western experience, joyride along U.S. 89, which connects six of the country’s greatest parks, winding through a landscape of fire and ice.
Explore the beauty and geological wonder of Utah's first national park with National Geographic's Trails Illustrated map of ZionNationalPark. Created in partnership with local land management agencies, this expertly researched map combines unmatched detail with useful information to help you get the most from your visit, including a chart detailing the extraordinary geology of Zion and a companion hiking timetable for the... Read More.
Explore the beauty and geological wonder of Utah's first national park with National Geographic's Trails Illustrated map of ZionNationalPark. Created in partnership with local land management agencies, this expertly researched map combines unmatched detail with useful information to help you get the most from your visit, including a chart detailing the extraordinary geology of Zion and a companion hiking timetable for the popular Zion Narrows.
The map base includes contour lines and elevations for summits, passes and major lakes. Some many recreation features include: campgrounds, trailheads, parking lots, designated campsites, and interpretive trails.
Show Less The Gaia GPS app delivers the complete set of seamless Trails Illustrated maps and Topographic Map Guides to your mobile device, along with Gaia GPS’s award-winning navigation tools and other premium content, for only $39.99 per year. Zion Canyon was carved over a time period of about 250 million years by the Virgin River and its tributaries.
The park provides critical habitat for the rare species such as the California condor, the Mexican spotted owl, the Mojave Desert tortoise, and the Southwestern willow flycatcher. This elusive cat is rarely seen by visitors to the park and the population is thought to be quite low (possibly as few as just six individuals).
In Zion, mountain lions hunt large mammals such as mule deer and bighorn sheep, but also sometimes catch smaller prey such as rodents. Mountain lions are solitary hunters that establish large territories that can be as much as 300 square miles.
Mountain lions are nocturnal and use their keen night vision to locate their prey during the hours from dusk to dawn. The species was once common throughout the American West, but their numbers declined as humans expanded westward.
That year, conservationists captured these remaining 22 birds to start an intense captive breeding program. Starting in 1992, that goal was realized with the reintroduction of these magnificent birds to habitats in California.
Today, California condors inhabit ZionNationalPark, where they can be seen soaring on thermals that rise out of the park's deep canyons. The California condors that inhabit Zion are part of a larger population whose range extends over southern Utah and northern Arizona and includes some 70 birds.
The Mexican spotted owl is classified as an endangered species in both the United States and Mexico. The population has declined dramatically in recent years as the result of habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation.
Mexican spotted owls inhabit a variety of mixed conifer, pine, and oak forests throughout the southwestern United States and Mexico. Mule deer are not restricted to Zion, they occupy a range that includes much of western North America.
Mule deer live in a variety of habitats including desert, dunes, forests, mountains, and grasslands. In ZionNationalPark, mule deer often come out to forage at dawn and dusk in cool, shady areas throughout Zion Canyon.
Males use their antlers to jostle and battle with one another during the rut to establish authority and win mates. Among This is the collared lizard (Crotaphytus collars) which lives in the lower canyon regions of Zion, especially along the Watchman Trail.
The species is found throughout a wide range that includes Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, and New Mexico. Collared lizards feed on a variety of insects such as crickets and grasshoppers, as well as small reptiles.