Zionís towering sandstone monoliths, hanging gardens and forested plateaus are awe-inspiring
Zion National Park is the crown jewel of Utahís five national parks. It is the most visited national park in the state as well as its oldest, achieving national park status in 1919 after 10 years as a national monument. Approximately 2.5 million visitors per year come to explore Zionís cliff-and-canyon landscape, which includes narrow gorges, hanging gardens, forested plateaus, slot canyons, waterfalls, and enormous sandstone monoliths. The most notable concentration of rock monoliths stands in Zion Canyon, the most visited portion of the park. The most recognizable natural landmarks in Zion Canyon are the Great White Throne, the Court of the Patriarchs and Angels Landing. One of Zionís most popular trails ascends to the top of Angels Landing, which towers 1,500 feet above the canyon floor. Another popular top-down viewpoint is Observation Point, which rises 517 above Angels Landing.
Zion Canyon is not the only part of Zion worth visiting. Zionís northwestern corner, called the Kolob Canyons section, is located just off I-15ís exit 40, approximately 32 miles north of St. George. Kolob Canyons includes a visitor center and a five-mile scenic drive that leads past towering sandstone monoliths to a spectacular viewpoint of Kolobís scenery as well as the Pine Valley Mountains. The Kolob Canyons section of Zion features several trails. Most popular among them is the Taylor Creek Trail, which leads up a narrow canyon past two historic cabins to a double arch alcove. If you want to escape the crowds of Zion Canyon, Kolob Canyons is the place to go.
Even though it is incredibly spectacular, Zion should not be the only destination on your itinerary when you visit southern Utah. The region is full of numerous scenic attractions exhibiting red rock scenery, including Red Cliffs Recreation Area, Sand Hollow State Park and Snow Canyon State Park. Red rock outcroppings or cliffs are a staple at most of the areaís 11 scenic golf courses. The area also features natural history attractions, pioneer historic sites, top-notch annual events, first-rate theatrical venues and more. When planning a Zion vacation, call the St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. We will provide you with detailed, up-to-date information that will help you plan your Zion trip so it will be an exciting and memorable one.