Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday Travel Photo #22: Zion, Utah

I visited 3 remaining national parks (Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands) in Utah during Thanksgiving weekend and I have completed the visits to all 5 parks in Utah.  I have never written about Zion before so I chose this destination for this week's Sunday Travel Photo.  Zion is my second favorite national park is Utah (Arches is my favorite).
Zion National Park.  Utah.  Summber 2012Z
Zion National Park Overview

The Virgin River has gnawed through native sandstone to create the incredible scenery found in Zion Canyon.  Hiking at Zion National Park is suitable for all ages.  More adventurous or strenuous hikes include Angles Landing and The Narrows.  No matter what type of hike you are looking for, you are sure to find it at Zion National Park.

Attractions at Zion National Park

Zion Canyon
Zion Canyon is the main destination for most visitors.  Private vehicles are not allowed to drive into Zion Canyon during the busy season.  A convenient (and free) shuttle bus loops through the canyon, stopping at all popular attractions.

Zion's Kolob Canyons
The northern Kolob Canyons section is accessible off I-15, 18 miles south of Cedar City.  Kolob Canyons features all the impressive geology, natural arches, waterfalls and intensive colors that define Zion National Park, yet welcomes significantly fewer visitors through its gates.
Visitors to the area will enjoy the half-day visit to Kanarraville Falls.  Be prepared to get your feet wet and walk carefully on the trail once you do.

Zion's Kolob Terrace
The Kolob Terrace area includes the central portion of Zion National Park.  It is located northeast of the town of Virgin, off of Hwy 9.  The road runs from the town of Virgin up to Kolob Reservoir.
The paved road offers a very scenic drive into the mountains, through lush forest, with classic Zion scenery all along the way.  The Terrace rise to over 8000 feet in elevation and the road is steep and windy.

How to Get to Zion National Park

From the North: Take I-15 South, past Beaver.  Exit on Hwy 20.  Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction.  Take SR-9 to Zion's east entrance.
From Arizona: Take US-89A through Fredonia, AZ and Kanab, UT.  Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction.  Take SR-9 to the east park entrance.
From the South: Take I-15 north.  Take exit 16 and travel through Hurricane to LaVerkin.  Continue on SR-9 to the south entrance of the park.  SR-9 through Zion National Park is always open and is also called the Zion-Mt. Carmel Hwy.

"The mountains are calling and I must go." -John Muir.


  1. Zion is a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas. We wanted to go to the Grand Canyon, but we do not have much time. So a friend suggested Zion park, which is just 3-hours away. Zion offers a nice little driving trail which is surrounded by red-rocks terrains. It is like we are in a valley...

    1. Zion is such a beautiful park for outdoor activities. Love that park!

  2. Zion, Utah sounds very appealing, that's for sure. Wish I knew of this place before. It looks like a really tremendously beautiful place, so I hope to visit one of these days.

  3. It look awesome. Hope I will find time to visit this place someday. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. The place looks so natural. I have connection with nature.. I just have to be here. Love the pic on the bridge!!

    1. If you love nature, Zion is the place to be. (: Hope you make it soon and try to find that bridge! The background is gorgeous.

  4. a nice photo of you on the bridge. So small though.

  5. Anonymous12/13/2014

    I like Zion for hiking. really cool.

  6. Anonymous12/18/2014

    Comparing to other National Parks, Zion is relatively small. It's basically a 15 mile long portion of a large Canyon, with a river at the bottom.

    1. It is true. Thank you for your input.

  7. i love that national park and i want to visit this place