Utah Subway Map
ZION NATIONAL PARK
Located near the southwest corner of Utah, this magnificent National Park encompasses an area of high-walled and multicolored canyons up to 3,000 feet deep. Also here are sandstone formations, plateaus, mesas, a petrified forest, and 310-foot Kolob Arch, said to be the world’s largest natural arch.
A centerpiece is provided by enormous Zion Canyon, with the lovely Virgin River flowing through (and also a highway). Vegetation includes stands of ponderosa pine and fir, pinyon and juniper, along with cottonwood and willow, plus desert flora. Among the wildlife are mule deer, mountain lion, bobcat, and fox.
Activities: Over 140 miles of trails are available for hiking and backpacking. Difficulty varies from easy to strenuous. Horseback riding is allowed on many trails. Rock climbing is permitted, with climbers encouraged to register at the visitor center. Limited fishing is possible. Hunting is prohibited.
Camping Regulations: A free permit is required to camp in the backcountry here, and may be obtained at the visitor center. Some areas in the park are closed to camping. Campfires are not allowed, so a stove must be carried if one wishes to cook.
Campsites chosen must be a minimum of one mile from roads and trailheads. Whenever possible, sites should also be at least one-quarter mile from springs, 100 feet from other water sources, and out of sight of trails.
Group size is limited to a maximum of 12. Bikes are not permitted in the backcountry, nor are pets. Since summer is often very hot here, spring and fall are the best times to visit.
For Further Information: Zion National Park, Springdale, UT 84767; (801)772-3256.