Zion National Park: Facts & Information

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Zion National Park, located in Southern Utah, near Springdale, Utah and offers some unbelievable views of natural rock formations and picturesque landscapes.

Zion National Park, Utah’s first national park, was deemed a national park in 1919 and features over 220 square miles of explorable land.

When you go to Zion National Park, be sure to visit Zion Canyon. It is 15 miles long and in some parts half a mile deep. The canyon is made up of beautiful reddish tan-colored Navajo Sandstone.

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Activities and Things to Do in Zion National Park

Hiking: Zion National Park has many hiking trails that range from a half hour to over 4 hours and cater to all levels of hikers. View the Zion National Park hiking guide

Climbing: Zion National Park’s 2,000-foot sandstone cliffs are world renowned for their large wall climbs. Most routes are not recommended for inexperienced climbers due to their level of difficulty.

The best conditions for climbing are from March through May and September through early November. This is because in the summer months temperatures can rise over 100 degrees and there is no protection from the sun during these climbs.

Zion National Park Horse Back Riding

Horseback Riding: Guided horseback trips are available starting in March through October. If you want to schedule a horseback trip in Zion National Park Call 1-435-679-8665 or visit www.canyonrides.com.

Canyoneering: Canyoneering is an outdoor activity that combines finding routes, rappelling, swimming, and hiking. Zion National Park has become one of the pinnacle places in the United States to participate in this exciting activity.

Weather in Zion National Park

Spring: Weather in the Springtime is very unpredictable. Stormy, wet days are common, but warm, sunny days are not uncommon too.

Summer: In summer, temperatures in Zion National Park can exceed 100°F. The higher you are elevation wise, the cooler temperatures will be.

Zion National Park experiences monsoons from mid-July into September. These monsoons can result in an increased risk of flash floods. When visiting Zion in the summer, always be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions.

Fall: Favorable conditions give way for hiking and canyoneering enthusiasts, but be sure to check the weather forecast. Day and night temperatures can differ by over 30°F. Consider dressing in layers in preparation for quick changes in weather and temperature.

Winter: Winters in Zion National Park are often cold and regularly wet. In fact, nearly half of the annual precipitation in Zion Canyon falls between the months of December and March.

Temperatures in Zion National Park can range from highs of 50-60°F during the day to lows well below freezing at night. If you visit Zion during the winter time be sure to pack accordingly with plenty of rain gear.


Related & Recommended Links

Zion National Park Service

Zion National Park History Association

Find a Hotel with Expedia

Map of Zion National Park

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