Zion National Park, The Crown Jewel of Utah’s Mighty 5
St George is one of the best places to live for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Among the many attractions are Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks, including Zion, which happens to be only 37 miles from St. George. Zion National Park was established in 1919 as Utah’s first national park and to this day is considered to be the crown jewel of the state.
Chiseled from rainbow-colored stone, which rises in sharp peaks and descendants to wandering canyons, that in turn lead to refreshing water and wildlife, Zion is a park worthy to be explored. To get you started, here are some ideas on how to enjoy the park:
To really enjoy Zion in all of its beauty, grab a water bottle and a pair of boots and hit the trail. There are trails for everyone to enjoy, from the beginner to the avid explorer. For a leisurely hike try the Riverside Walk, Canyon Overlook or Weeping Rock trails. If you’re up for more of a challenge, try the famous Angels Landing trail, it’s dangerous but rewarding. Another challenging trail is to Observation Point where you will find the best views. If you’re looking for Solitude and to spot some wildlife, East Rim and West Rim trails are good choices.
Beautiful Scenic Drives
Winding right to the beautiful heart of the park, Zion Canyon Scenic Drive offers some of the most stunning views in Utah. The six-mile route parallels the Virgin River as it passes by towering sandstone formations such as the Great White Throne and Temple of Sinawava.
Starting at the East entrance, the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway passes through a tunnel that’s more than a mile long with windows cut through the stone wall, allowing you to see the canyon outside. You can expect stunning scenery in every direction from start to finish. You may want to take the free shuttle as the road is closed to traffic most of the year.
World Class Canyoneering
For those who love descending into the depths of slot canyons, Zion is known for some of the best canyoneering in the world. Whatever your skill level is, there are canyons anyone can enjoy, ranging for a rigorous hike and wading so to a technical descent that requires repelling and swimming.
Nearby in the town of Springdale, you will find professional guides to help you safely explore the park’s canyons and take you to famous sites, such as Mystery Canyon, Subway, and Zion Narrows.
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