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Zion National Park
Zion National Park – Utah's First National Park
Zion National Park is located in Springdale, Utah and is considered a haven and a place of life and hope. A famous feature of this 229 square mile National Park is the Zion Canyon, which is up to half a mile deep and 15 miles long. Some other intriguing characteristics of this park are 2,000-foot Navajo Sandstone cliffs, high plateaus, rock towers, sandstone canyons, natural arches, waterfalls, and mesas.
The highest elevation is 8,726 feet at Horse Ranch Mountain and the lowest elevation is 3,666 feet at Coalpits Wash. Zion National Park posseses four life zones: woodland, coniferous forest, dessert and riparian. In 1918 the Park was renamed to Zion National Park.
Some of the main attractions are: Angel's Landing, Double Pine Arch, Emerald Pools, Kolob Arch, The Three Patriarchs, The Great White Throne, Virgin River, and Weeping Rock.
Some outdoor activities include backpacking, hiking, climbing, bicycling and camping. Zion owns three campgrounds that are open from March until late November. For any other overnight activities, a permit is necessary.
Another fun activity is horseback-riding. Visitors are allowed to bring their own stock animals, such as horses, mules, and burrows into the National Park. Canyoneering or river rafting trips are also available.
This National Park is home to 291 species of birds, 78 species of mammals, 44 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 8 species of fish. Not all visiting sites are open to public viewing because some are easily damaged by human activities.
Before You Visit
Before the visit to Zion National Park, it is important to plan the trip thoroughly. Visitors should start their research early because it might be a challenge.
Depending on the season and time of day, it can get really cold as well as really hot. Visitors should definitely check the weather conditions before their trip. It can be warm and sunny, but there can be monsoons too. Temperatures in the Park can vary dramatically.
Firearms are permitted in Zion National Park as of February 22, 2010.