Did you know that Zion National Park was Utah's FIRST National Park? Well, now you do! It's an amazing part of the state, and one filled with history and awe. There is so much for the family to do in this piece of natural wonder.
You can follow the paths of where the pioneers and ancient native tribes once walked. You can take in the massive and very impressive sandstone cliffs - can you see all the colors that appear in them? There is often red, pink and cream which blend together and look AMAZING against that bright blue backdrop (we're talking about the sky of course!)
The national park also has an incredible array of plants and animals that are just waiting to be encountered, and learnt from. It's a great way for kids to learn history, geology, and biology!
Are you ready to hear all about the amazing adventures you can have at Zion National Park? Here goes - we hope you're feeing active! There are great trails and campsites for those wanting to use their feet and backpack, and of course hiking trails for the beginners to those most advanced. If wheels are more your thing, there are cycling trails and scenic drives which are accessible to bikes.
Love birds? Great! There are over 207 species of birds for you to cross off your checklist - how many do you think you'll spot! Because of the great rock formations, climbing is also a popular activity at the park - if you want to climb overnight you can get a permit for that.
From March to October, guided horseback riding tours are available, as well as ranger-led activities. Great for the kids for when they have lots of those questions! Canyoneering and river adventures are also options in this amazing park.
We told you there were great adventures to be had - which one will you do first!
The park is located on State Route 9 in Springdale. The Visitor Center is 307 miles from Salt Lake City, and 40 miles from Saint George.Get directions
$25 weekly pass for private vehicle. $12 per person.
15 years and under (for per person pass)
The park do their best to look after all the plants, wildlife, and formations within the park. Some of these are millions of years in the making, so they want to make sure they stay for a long time for come! Help them by clearing up after yourself, and not damaging/hurting any of the flora or fauna.
Open all year round, the Red Rock Grill Dining Room at the Zion Lodge is good for dinner reservations,a nd the Castle Dome Cafe is great too for grabbing food. You of course are more than welcome to bring your own food.
Kids can become a Junior Ranger! There are guided and self-guided programs where kids can complete their booklets, and get sworn in as a ranger - badge and all!
What a great place to learn in this outdoor classroom! There are so many opportunities for students, with lesson plans and field trips available for teachers to help organize their excursion.
Make sure you bring plenty of water, especially if you are going on hikes and enjoying those active sports.
The visitor centers, restrooms, museum and picnic areas are all accessible. There are several campsites which are reserved for those with disabilities. Service dogs are also permitted on a leash.
Whilst the park is open 24 hours a day, certain facilities are reduced hours. The Museum is open from 9am or 10am depending on the month, and the Nature Center is only open noon to 5pm from May 24 to Sept 1.