Zion Human History Museum
Favorite thing: One-half mile north of the south entrance you will find the Zion Human History Museum. Here you will find exhibits that will explain how people from the past were influenced by Zion, as well as the effects humans have had on Zion. While visiting the museum you may view a 22 minute orientation film that highlights the features of the park. You will also find a number of items such as books that you may purchase. An information desk with individuals who can answer your questions and help you plan for your stay in the park is located at the Human History Museum. This museum is closed November 27 through March 3.
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Zion National Park - An overview
Favorite thing: My favorite things about Zion National Park are the number of different things to do there. If I had to pick a favorite hike it would have to be the Narrows.
Fondest memory: While Zion wasn't our favorite National Park, it was still serene and beautiful. You can't go wrong if you choose to visit there.
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Sunset in Zion
Favorite thing: this picture was taken from the campground after a hard long day in the wild !! was amazing how short the sunset is there... due to this is a valley with mountains ahead and behind. It took just 5-10 min to get this beautiful light on the walls.. so so few time ..so pay much attention if u love sunset pics and u wish to catch it !!
Favorite thing: Towards the end of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, you'll hit a big curve in the road, known as the Big Bend. From here, the road curves to his final stop at the Temple of Sinawawa. At this point, the canyon walls narrow considerably and almost engulf the road which travels through their narrow passageway.
Temple of Sinawawa
Favorite thing: The last stop on the Zion shuttle route is the Temple of Sinawawa. From here, there is a one mile path leading to the Zion Narrows. Its an easy walk to the Narrows and a bit cooler later in the day since the canyon walls block out the sun. The trail follows the Virgin River, shown in the photo, past a hanging gardens and ends at the Narrows.
Favorite thing: This is a three mile hike to the base of the Watchman formation. From here, there are excellent views of Zion Canyon. But even if you don't have time to hike it, make sure to stop at this viewpoint and take a look as you will not be disappointed. Another tip for thise short on time: the Zion Overlook Trail is a shorter alternative for seeing the splendor of Zion Canyon.
Drives and views
Favorite thing: The route to Zion from the east is via the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway and is one of the most scenic drives in Utah. Heading east on the highway and through the Zion Mt Carmel tunnel, red sandstone gives way to slickrock country. Here, rocks colored in white and pastels of orange and red have eroded into hundreds of fantastic shapes, etched through time with odd patterns of cracks and grooves. The mountain of sandstone known as Checkerboard Mesa, shown in the next tip photo, stands as the most prominent example of this naturally scuplted rock art.
Favorite thing: As with all my day trips to the many canyons in the Southwest, I based myself in Las Vegas. Vegas is one of the most fun city to be in in USA. In addition, it's the city with the most things to see & do (day & night) & cheap 5* accommodations (as compared with other cities like San Francisco & L.A.)! Here, you'll be bombarded with a tremendous choice of hotels, restaurants & world-class entertainment (if not the very best)!
Fondest memory: From Vegas, I signed up on a day excursion to the Zion National Park with Gray Line where the coach will pick me up from the hotel in the morning & commence a day of interesting & awesome discoveries.
Favorite thing: Ok, now that we are on the coach leaving the glitz of Vegas behind & towards encompassing the glory of nature, let's ask the guide for a few pointers on the make-up of the Zion Canyon. Wouldn't it be interesting & informative to find out how the canyons were formed?
Hey guys, don't go to sleep, ok? Look out for these awesome formations. Nothing like you've ever seen before!
The story of Zion
Favorite thing: The story of Zion begins where Grand Canyon ends & ends where that of Bryce begins. The geological records of 2 billion years (yep! 2 billion years!!!) are all incorporated in these 3 park areas which are within 120 miles of each other.
Favorite thing: Zion is the midpoint in a natural system that ascends the Grand Stairway from the ancient past in the depths of Grand Canyon to the near past on the rim of Bryce Canyon. Exposed in canted progression, these canyons exhibit the cycle of change in which uplift, deposition, tilting & erosion play the key roles.
The formation of Zion is the work of 2 obscure but relentless forces:
2) Flowing Water.
So, how was the canyon formed?
Favorite thing: So, how was the canyon formed???
Not by streams of ice, not by work of glaciers or wind, but chiefly by the work of the VIRGIN RIVER!
The stream of water that flows through the river is responsible for the depth of the canyon & with other factors, its width! Imagine this!
The Virgin River life-giving waters actually sliced through the ageless rock layers & carved Zion Canyon! The downcutting was accomplished by processes still actively in progress till this day. In its passage downstream, every fragment of sand removed in excavating the canyon aided in cutting away more rock. The scouring process continues. During the flood season, the action of the water causes the greatest erosion. With each shower the volume & velocity of the stream progressively increases.
The Virgin River runs on the steep gradient of 50 to 70 feet carries away more than a million tons of rock waste each year! With a history of million of years, the Virgin River has ample time to accomplish its work thereby cutting profound gorges & carrying the sediments to the Colorado River.
Zion Canyon Overlook Trail
Favorite thing: The Zion Canyon overlook trail is a great way to get an overview of the park scenery. The trail is located on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive just east of the Mount Carmel Tunnel. It is a one mile trail which climbs a bit to an overlook of Zion Canyon. The trail passes underneath some rock formations which must provide welcome shade in the summer. In addition to Zion Canyon, there is a great view of Court of the Patriarchs from here as well.
Favorite thing: The Great Arch of Zion, which is about 400 feet high. There are many places to see arches in Utah, but this one is unique in that it is recessed into a cliff.
You'll find the Great Arch along the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway which leads into the park. Heading west to east, you'll come to the arch after passing through the tunnel.
Favorite thing: The Grotto picnic area is about a half mile from Zion Lodge. This area, like most in the park, has some nice views of the canyon walls. Its a nice spot to stop and reflect on the beauty of Zion as seen along the scenic drive. In the summer, this area can be pretty crowded, as are most spots along the scenic drive. In the winter, you can pretty much have the place to yourself.