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Zion National Park

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.

Instagram post 17850434869554020 Riverside Walk in Zion National Park is a wheelchair-accessible trail that leads to the start of the Narrows. Not everyone can enjoy the rugged hiking trails, but everyone can still enjoy the beauty of this park thanks to trails like this, and the Pa’rus Trail. #greaterzion  #wheelchairaccessible #hikingtrail
Instagram post 17909450755322360 Life can get pretty hectic sometimes and sometimes we need to slow things down and get some perspective. Greater Zion gives perspective. #epicview #greaterzion #naturetherapy #pieceofmind
Instagram post 18063174802096984 The Narrows is finally open! Experience a hike like no other as you forge through icy waters to see the towering walls of The Narrows. 
#greaterzion #hikemore #keepexploring #lovenature
Instagram post 18039690058147708 You’ll believe in love at first sight once you’ve hiked Greater Zion. It’s the only place you’ll want to see again. #monogamoushiker #dontcheatongreaterzion #hikingrules #greaterzion #loveatfirstsight
Instagram post 17866210660387766 The Virgin River formed Zion Canyon, taking thousands of years to create this masterpiece. Protect the park for future generations and practice Leave No Trace. Better than just not littering, try to bring and create as little trash as you can when visiting the park. No disposable plastic bottles. Stick to official trails. Try to leave Zion better than you found it. #river #erosion #leavenotrace #keepnatureclean
Instagram post 17857998982396294 Take in the golden hour on the Pa’rus Trail in Zion. You can avoid the crowds that gather on the bridge and still take incredible pictures. #goldenhour #hikezion #keepexploring #sunsetinzion
Instagram post 18026983210176795 As you hike the Taylor Creek Middle Fork in Kolob Canyons, keep an eye out for the historic Fife and Larson homestead cabins. #zionnationalpark #kolobcanyons #hikingparadise #milesoftrails #cabinlove #history
Instagram post 17876503987335610 The Watchman is the titan of a tower that welcomes you into the Zion Canyon and bids you farewell as you leave. Hike The Watchman Trail to get up close and personal to this giant.
Photo by @holidayheart
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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.

Don’t forget the Park’s museum and information centers for official information and history. Visit the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, the Kolob Canyon History Center, and the Zion Human History Museum.

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.