Tucked away in Springdale, Utah there lies a gem for nature enthusiasts – Zion National Park. Hailed as the very first of all national parks in the State of Utah, Zion National Park consists of massive sandstone cliffs of various shades of red brown, and cream. It seemingly soars directly into the gorgeous bright blue sky.

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The narrow-slotted canyon includes a massive wilderness just waiting to share its secrets. There is a wide assortment of animals and gorgeous plant that enhance the senses. This gorgeous region allows visitors to absorb and enjoy a rich history while providing numerous adventures to the present-day adventurer.

If you have a passion for the great outdoors, an appreciation for nature, and enjoy getting lost in adventures that will provide you with lifelong memories, Zion National Park is for you!

Wildlife

The park is teeming with wildlife.  69 various species of mammals, 6 different types of amphibians, 208 varieties of birds, 29 reptile species, 9 types of fish. There are also many endangered species such as the Mexican spotted owl, the desert tortoise, and the Zion snail.

As you delve deep within the nooks and crannies of the park, you may get to catch a glimpse of a mountain lion, the ever-popular desert bighorn sheep, and the mule deer. Zion National Park is rich in wildlife and offers numerous opportunities to see and photograph animals that are not commonly observed outside of the park.

Recreational Activities

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For the real outdoor enthusiast, there are many recreational activities that may be pursued in and around Zion National Park. These activities include – but, are not at all limited to – the following:

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Upper Zion National Park

If you truly want to experience the park, you absolutely must schedule a trip to the upper region of the area. This is where the Virgin River is located. The water from the river has carved a fascinating and beautiful gorge within the area which is called “The Narrows”. Here, you will find beautiful grottos composed of sandstone, crystal-clear natural springs, and captivating hanging gardens. In order to get to this area, you will spend over half of your hiking within the water of the Virgin River. This, in itself, is a true adventure as you will battle strong currents, cold waters, deep waters, and slippery rocks. If you are all about facing the wild and true survival in the deep wilderness, a hike to the upper Zion National Park is an absolute must!

The origins of the Zion National Park seem to surround ancient natives and their journey to discover food. Today, this region is sought out by those that have a desire to nourish their hearts, minds, and souls. To date, millions of people have explored the depths of this fascinating park; however, there are still areas that are untouched and unseen by humans. Perhaps you will be the initial discoverer of these locations!

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For hardcore nature lovers, Zion is included in a 5 day 5 park tour!  Set off on a 5-day adventure through Utah’s Mighty 5 which includes Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion National Parks. Each park features unique geological formations all within the region of Southern Utah. Accommodations, breakfast and round-trip transportation is included.
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