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Zion National Park


Utah

The Park in a nutshell

Located in Southwestern Utah , Zion National Park encompasses some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States. The park is characterized by high plateaus, a maze of narrow, deep, sandstone canyons and striking rock towers and mesas. Zion Canyon is the largest and most visited canyon in the park. The North Fork of the Virgin River has carved a spectacular gorge here, with canyon walls in most places rising 2000-3000 feet above the canyon floor. The southern part of the park is a lower desert area, with colorful mesas bordered by rocky canyons and washes. The northern sections of the park are higher plateaus covered by forests.


Some data

Established as Mukuntuweap National Monument in 1909; name changed to Zion National Monument in 1918; expanded and established as a National Park in 1919; Kolob Canyons section established as a National Monument in 1937 and added to Zion National Park in 1956.
Size: 229 square miles = ca. 600 qkm.
Lowest point: 1,128 m (3,666 ft): Coalpits Wash in the southwest corner; highest point: 2,660 m (8,726 ft): Horse Ranch Mountain in the Kolob Canyons area.

First-things-first After entering the park visit the visitor center and get information and maps. Rangers will assist you figuring out what the best trips will be for you. There are also different loops you can drive with your car. From the south entrance starts a 13 mi long road, from the east entrance a 22 mi loop through the Zion Canyon. At the Kolob Visitor Center starts a 5 mi tour, which is one of the most interesting ones - ask the rangers.

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