Originally home to the Anasazi tribe, Zion National Park, UT has been occupied for 8,000 years. An influx of Mormon settlers arrived in the mid-1800s and called the area “Zion.”.. President Taft wanted to protect the canyon and established the Mukuntuweap National Monument in 1919. At the time, Congress believed that the original Native American name was difficult to pronounce, and so changed the name to Zion. The nearby Kolob Canyon was brought under protection in the later 1930s, thus forming the park as it is seen today.
A Natural Wonderland
Outdoor enthusiasts will love every minute spent at the park. With nearly 300 species of birds and 75 mammal species spread across the park's four ecosystems, Zion National Park has something to see around every bend. Stay at one of the Zion National Park hotels, and you'll only be steps from the beautiful flora and fauna.
During the summer, temperatures here can reach up to 43 degrees Celsius. During the winter, visitors can expect snow, and the temperature hovers around freezing in the higher elevations.
Horses and Hikes
Pack your hiking shoes: Zion National Park has multiple trails in varying lengths from one to 16-hour hikes. You can also see the park via horseback rides, nature tours, and Junior Ranger tours. For the adventurous visitor, there are plenty of rock climbing opportunities. Since hotels and campsites inside fill up quickly, consider booking at the hotels near Zion National Park.
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