Zion is famous
for its bright red-orange sandstone canyons that merge in shades
of white, purple, pink, yellow to create some of the most brilliantly
colored rockface in the world. Here the Virgin River has cut through
a high plateau to create a geological marvel.
Zion National Park was established in 1919 and is a 147,035
acre preserve. The fossils and sendiments exposed tell the geological
history of Mesozoic Period - halfway between the ancient history
of the Grand Canyon and the more recent Juriassic Period of the
As recently as 1976 and incredible discovery was made in the
park when a population of minute snails was discovered in a park spring.
With a population between 10,000 to 15,000, these snails comprise
a distinct species that is believed to have survived over 10 million years.
Another marvel of Zion is its "hanging gardens" where the cliffsides
come alive during spring and summer in an array of columbine,
shooting-star, cardinal flower and other beautiful blossoms. One
of the most unique is the sacred datura which grows along the
canyon. Reaching a height of over two feet with a large white
trumpet blossom that opens in evening and wilts in the morning.
BSA NPS Park Service Patch
Boy Scouts can earn special recognition for service performed at any one of our National Parks. Scouts are also encouraged to submit a short narrative to the BSA Good Turn for America website describing their participation and lessons learned. 5 hours service for the certificate, 10 hours for their cool patch.
Scout Ranger - See the NPS Website here for program details.
Major Points of Interest:
Zion Canyon Cinemax
145 Utah SR-9, Springdale, UT; (435) 772-2400;
Open: Daily 11AM-7PM (Mar-Oct) / 9AM-9PM (Nov-Feb);
Giant screen features usually focus on incredible wildlife and
geography of Southern Utah set to great music with awesome photography.
Located at the Zion National Park South Entrance.
Tour Springdale Utah
Springdale is a small town located at the southwest entrance to Zion National Park.
There are facilities here to accomodated individuals and groups eager to explore this great natural wonder.
Grafton Ghost Town
First settled in 1859 on tthe scenic banks of the Virgin River just below Grafton Mesa inside Zion National Park.
Grafton's unoccupied log and adobe buildings are more than a century old and have been featured in Hollywood films.
O.C. Tanner Amphitheater
Utah SR-9, Springdale, UT; (435) 652-7994;
Admission: $4-Adult / $3-Child / $10-Family;
Certainly one of the best outdoor theaters in the world - located
at the base of the Zion Canyon West Rim 2,000-foot towers. Look
for evening multimedia presentation on the wonders of the Upper
Colorado River canyonlands. Also during the summertime many outdoor
concerts are set here.
Zion-Mt Carmel Highway: - SR-9,
an eleven mile scenic stretch passes through the park. It passes
through the mile-long Zion Tunnel which includes window-like
galleries to enjoy the view.
Kolob Canyons Road: 5.2 mile road
from I-15 (near Kanarraville) leads into the northwest corner
of the park. This canyon is a deeper shade of red than Zion Canyon.
Sheer walls create a 1,500 feet deep box canyon. Visitors Center.
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive:
12 mile round trip leads up Zion Canyon following the North Fork
of the Virgin River. It passes by such dominant scenic features
as the Twin Brothers, Mountain of the Sun, Red Arch and the
Great White Throne. Visitors Center.
Great White Throne: 2,400 foot
monolith that begins at its base colored deep red and then fades
into pink, gray and finally a bright white at the top.
Temple of Sinawava: Large natural
amphitheater with two large stone pillars called the Altar and the
Pulit in the center. Located at the end of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.
Weeping Rock Trail: Easy to follow
self-guiding nature trail. Begins at the parking lot at the
base of Cable Mountain.
Canyon Overlook Trail: Self-guiding
trail begins at upper end of Zion Tunnel.
Gateway to the Narrows Trail:
Another popular trail, it starts at Temple of Sinawava and goes
up the narrow canyon past high cliffs and water springs. Eventually
the 500-foot high cliffs get so narrow the trail has to end.
Angels Landing: Scenic vista
accessible only by trail.
West Rim Trail: 12.3 mile long
Grafton Ghost Town: Located 3.5 miles
west of Rockville (southwest entrance to Zion Park). Located on
private property but visitors are not prohibited. Access is from
Utah SR-9 to a Virgin River bridge crossing in Rockville. Old adobe
church and other abandoned buildings have been used in some movies.
Wildlife: Mule deer, bobcat,
cougar, gray fox and skunk.
Birdwatching: Common birds
are swallows, nuthathes, bluebirds and warblers. Hawks and golden
eagles nest in the higher pinnacles.
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Southern Utah is characterized by some of the most unusual landscapes in the world. Much of the area has been defined into five national parks and even more territory is set aside into a number of national monuments and forest reserves.
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125 East St. George Boulevard, Saint George, UT, 84770;
This Best Western property is adorned with flowers and dwarf crate-myrtle blooming almost continuously year-round.
Located in the St. George Historic District and equidistant to all attractions, shopping, restaurants and golf courses.
St George Days Inn Thunderbird
150 N 1000 E, Saint George, UT, 84770
This Days Inn is in the heart of Southern Utah. Close to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and Grand Canyon. Also, within a few blocks are many restaurants, theaters, and great shopping. It has a cozy fireplace, lobby and lush, green, outdoor courtyard with heated pool and jacuzzi open year round. Open 24-hours with gift shop, art gallery, coffee and snack foods. Tour and golf packages also a speciality.
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Guide Tour from Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon
En route to Bryce Canyon, this spectacular aerial tour provides a birds-eye view of the Valley of Fire and Zion National Park.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Ruby's Inn and then a ground tour with photo stops at various lookout points throughout Bryce Canyon.
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This mountain community is home to three world class ski resorts and hosted
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