The U.S. state of Utah is home to several national parks with Zion National Park being the first established. Similar to its neighbors, Bryce Canyon and Arches, Zion is well known for the beautiful red and white sandstone rocks that encompass it. The park is 229 square miles and houses 75 different mammals, 289 different species of birds, and numerous reptiles. The park provides visitors with a glimpse at four different life zones including coniferous, riparian, desert and woodland.
Though Zion Canyon is the most prominent feature of the park, Zion also includes mesas, slot canyons, arches, rivers, and buttes. With its various different features, the park offers an endless array of activities. Ranging from backpacking and hiking to canyoneering, bird watching, rock climbing and horseback riding, the park provides visitors of all ages and interests a chance to explore. Visitors can also drive through the national park via the Zion Mount Carmel Highway.
The park also includes the Kolob Plateau to the north, which gives visitors a different view of the park. With one of the largest free standing arches in the world, Kolob Arch and Kolob Canyons are another great way to see the beauty of the park.
Zion National Park is also a great place to learn of the history of Mormon pioneers that settled the area. There are several ranger led activities and the park has different museums where teachers can bring their classes to learn.
With millions of visitors a year, the park has become a big attraction to people all over the world. Zion National Park lodging in Springdale gives visitors not only a close stay to the park, but also provides several different places to dine and explore even within town.