Are you and your family looking for a new place to visit during your annual family vacation? You may want to consider making plans to visit one of our nation’s beautiful parks. A great choice for family vacations is a place called Zion National Park. To give you an idea of why this national park is one of the most frequented travel destinations for outdoor enthusiasts, here’s everything you need to know about Zion National Park.
Zion National Park is located in Springdale, Utah, right off of State Route 9 and spans 229 square miles. Thanks to its unique geography, the park sits on drastically different life zones including desert, woodland, marsh and forest. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is approximately 40 miles from Saint George, Utah, 80 miles from Mesquite, Nevada and 163 miles from Las Vegas.
Zion National Park was the first national park in the state of Utah. The land that the park sits on was once home to a Native American tribe known as the Anasazi and is now a federally protected region. On November 19, 1919, the United States Congress declared that the area will be a national park and gave it the title of Zion National Park.
Things to Do
Zion National Park is highlighted by Zion Canyon, a 15 mile long canyon that cuts right through the center of the park giving way to the Virgin River. There is a wide variety of wildlife that is native to the region including almost 300 species of birds, many different mammals and even quite a few species of reptiles. Many visitors enjoy camping in one of the park’s three campgrounds: South, Watchman and Lava Point. Both South and Watchman campgrounds are located in Zion Canyon, while the Lava Point Campground is located about an hour’s drive from Zion Canyon on Kolob Terrace Road. The slots for campsites fill up quickly on popular holidays and on the weekends, so make sure you get there early if you’re planning on camping. There is also a lodge named “Zion Lodge” that offers lodging to those who want to stay the night but don’t want to camp.
Hours and Schedule
The park itself is open all year round, twenty-four hours a day, but the best time to visit is during the fall. Places such as the Zion Visitor Center, the Zion Human History Museum, Zion Canyon Wilderness Desk and the Kolob Canyon Visitor Center are all opened seasonally. The shuttle, which provides transportation around the park for visitors, is in operation from March through November.
All visitors of Zion National Park are required to purchase a pass upon entry. A fee of $30 applies to all non-commercial private vehicles, a $25 fee applies for motorcycles and a $15 fee applies per person if not traveling in a vehicle. Those under the age of 15 are admitted free of charge. All recreational passes are valid for 7 days and allow access to the areas that surround both Zion Canyon and Kolb Canyon. Click here to visit the official website of Zion National Park for more details.