Located near St. George and Springdale, Utah, Zion National Park is 30 miles in length and 15 miles across at its widest point, totaling 148,000 acres. Elevations range from 4,000 to 8,700 feet yet there are plenty of ways to access and enjoy the park. It may seem like #1 accolades are common-place in Zion National Park, but the world is really just starting to learn about the vast scenic treasures of this region.
Hiking is probably one of the most popular of activities in Zion. The more active hiker will love trails such as Angels Landing (5 miles, round trip), the Watchman (2.7 miles round-trip) and Observation Point (8-mi. round-trip). Bikes can be rented locally in Springdale and visitors can ride the Pa’rus trail within the park. This may be one of the best ways to see the main canyon of Zion National Park in a relatively short time. Take all the time you want and bring your camera, water and some snacks in your day-pack. Climbing, canyoneering, and photography are also activities in the area.
The drastic elevation difference in Zion provides many types of habitat including grassland, desert, wetland, riparian, and forest. These habitats support many species of plants and animals. There are 67 species of mammals found in the park, 13 species of snakes, 291 species of birds, four fish species native to the area, and 900 species of plants.
The shuttle system in Zion is one of the great perks to our national park! If you would like to get more information on how the Zion shuttle system works, please visit the Zion National Park website.