Zion National Park

Springdale, utah | 148,733 acres 
 

Named for it's role as a "sanctuary" and known for it's dramatic display of geology, from the highest sandstone peaks in the world to narrow slot canyons, Zion National Park is perhaps lesser known for the "floods and fury" that can be brought to this lush desert canyon by the very river that carved it, the Virgin River. While now flooded by a surge of visitors, the park's beginning saw few visitors until artists captured and shared it's scenic beauty with the rest of the world.

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A Sanctuary in the Desert

Zion National Park has likely been our most difficult park to date. Even for a desert as lush as the Zion canyon, the red rock landscape cliffs...

a year ago
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Zion’s California Condors

The California Condor is THE feel-good story of animal conservation. Like the bald eagle, the condor is a scavenger, making it prone to the DDT...

a year ago

Weeping Rock is just a short half-mile hike from shuttle stop 7 on the main scenic road. To visit this alcove is to see another...

a year ago

As you depart the Human History museum, a voice on Zion shuttle's audio program greets you in the Paiute language, and tells...

a year ago

Even as afternoon temperatures reach 109°F, we know that we can expect a windy night on our campsite. One of the park rangers we...

a year ago

Lyman Hafen is THE guy for Zion National Park. At least, the one name that everyone recommended we speak to. Author, historian,...

a year ago

We were thrilled to speak with Michael Plyler, Photographer and Director of the Zion Canyon Field Institute. Offering single &...

a year ago

The way we know we’re millennials is that in each park we visit, we seek out a coffee shop with a good brew and a solid wi-fi...

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At their home in Rockville, UT, we met with original resident Robert Cox and his wife Mary. This land, Bob pointed out, has been...

a year ago

Depart the shuttle at the Temple of Sinawava. Hike one-mile on the paved Riverside Walk. Walk into the Virgin River to start...

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Among the stacks of books we pulled from the shelves of the library, we also had the opportunity to chat with Adrienne...

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We were invited to a behind-the-scenes look through the library in Zion National Park headquarters—a welcome invitation as...

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Even after a long day of field work in the hot Utah sun, Ranger Sarah Horton found time to speak with us about her park. Across...

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The main road that leads visitors to the most scenic points of Zion National Park are completely closed off to automobiles every...

a year ago

Zion National Park really took us by surprise with a full schedule of interpretive ranger programs. We signed up for a shuttle...

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The journey begins!

Today we depart for the Great Smoky Mountains, as Ilyssa and I begin our travel across the country, looking for great campfire stories from five...

a year ago