September 22, 2021 2 min read
It's no wonder why Zion National Park ranks as one of the best national parks in the USA. The Park offers a lot, whether you’re looking to take in all the breathtaking vistas, are seeking a thrilling adventure, or simply looking to gaze at the native fauna. Pictures are worth a thousand words but even they won’t do justice to Zion, you simply must go in person.
No one can help but be impressed with the sheer formation of rocks and peaks, of the Zion National Park. You'll find some of the tallest sandstone cliffs on Planet Earth, and many of them are located in Zion canyon.
If the weather is enticing, you wouldn’t want to miss the chance to hike in the Virgin River canyon with mesmerizing sandstone grottos. You can also take a hike to the Narrows, starting at the paved Riverside Walk.
Beyond this, you can explore as much or as little of the river and slot canyon as you wish. It’s highly recommended that you bring or rent a walking stick that helps you maintain your bearing on the rocky bottomed river.
Emerald Pools trail is excellent for hiking for almost everyone in the family, making this a well-traveled and busy hiking spot. Before you arrive at the pools, the trail passes under a seasonal waterfall and through a lush, green area where springs seep from the walls.
A wide range of plants and animal species thrive at Zion National Park’s habitats. The most frequently sighted mammals are bighorn sheep, mule deer, rock squirrel, and foxes. There are approximately 68 different native species of mammals, including mountain lions and kangaroo rats.
If you wish to break from the busy Zion Canyon area and crowded shuttles, it’s recommended that you hike the 3-mile Watchman trail. The trail leads to a scenic view on top of a layer of cliffs. Be sure to take in the sights of Watchman Peak to the southeast and Zion Canyon towards the north.
If you are approaching Zion from the Springdale entrance, the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel is a must-visit! There are two-tunnels that cut deep into the Navajo sandstone. The most notable one is the 1.1-mile Zion-Mount Carmel tunnel which was finished in 1930. It was built as a shortcut to access Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon from Zion directly.
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