Zion National Park Travel Guide


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Plan Your Zion National Park Vacation

The walls of Zion Canyon soar more than 2,000 feet above the valley below, but it's the character, not the size, of the sandstone forms that defines the park's splendor. Throughout the park, stratigraphic evidence points to the distant past, with fantastically colored bands of limestone, sandstone, and lava. Stripes and spots of greenery high in the cliff walls create a "hanging garden" effect, and invariably indicate the presence of water seepage or a spring. Erosion has left behind a collection of domes, fins, and blocky massifs bearing the names and likenesses of cathedrals and temples, prophets and angels.


Zion National Park Hotels

The Zion Canyon Lodge is rustic but clean and comfortable. Springdale has dozens of lodging options, from quaint bed-and-breakfasts to modest motels to...read more


Zion National Park Restaurants

There is only one full-service restaurant in Zion National Park, but there are numerous places around the park. Springdale is the obvious choice for family-friendly...read more

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Zion National Park Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Zion National Park

    Eye candy: Pick just about any trail in the park and it’s all but guaranteed to culminate in an astounding viewpoint full of pink, orange, and... Read more

  • Best Campgrounds in Zion

    The two campgrounds within Zion National Park—Watchman and South campgrounds—are family-friendly, convenient, and quite pleasant, but in the... Read more

  • Plants and Wildlife in Zion

    Zion Canyon's unique geography—the park is on the Colorado Plateau and bordered by the Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces—supports more... Read more

  • Good Reads

    Towers of Stone, by J.L. Crawford, summarizes the essence of Zion National Park, its landscape, plants, animals, and human history.... Read more


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