Zion National Park…an Overview

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This was my first trip to Zion National Park in more than twenty years, and at that time I was only passing through the park—this time I would get to experience it in all its glory.  If you have the time, I would recommend trying to do both Zion and Bryce Canyon as their proximity to one another is relatively close, however they are distinctively different.  If you have to choose one over the other, I would probably lean toward Zion.

Zion National Park is located in Southern, Utah and was designated a National Park in 1919.  Zion is Utah’s oldest National Park, and with nearly three million visitors, also its most popular.  Zion offers incredible canyons, including The Narrows, which attract canyoneers from around the world.

The Virgin River has carved through the native sandstone to create incredible scenery found throughout Zion Canyon. The river itself serves as a natural corridor for exploring the park. There are several easy, self-guiding trails along the river, along with more challenging hikes where the river and its tributaries cut through narrow canyons.  There are walks/hikes suitable for all ages.  More adventurous or strenuous hikes include Angels Landing and The Narrows. No matter what type of hike you are looking for, Zion will accommodate. Zion is also a great place for biking, fishing horseback riding, camping and more.  Click here for more info.

While I was in Zion I stayed at a wonderful Bed and Breakfast called, “The Desert Thistle.” You can read/see my review by clicking here. There are several nice restaurants to choose from as well, while I was there I had a good meal at Oscar’s Cafe (Had the Mahi Tacos), the service however was just so-so.

The Utah Department of Tourism has a wonderful website, I highly recommend checking it out for all of your Utah Travel needs.

Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.


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