50 Facts About Zion National Park

Last updated on January 13th, 2021

41. Observation Point: It is hard to beat Observation Point for stunning sights over Zion National Park. The total hike might be challenging; nonetheless, it is worth it. It is a steady climb to the final viewpoint at eight miles long and 2,300 feet of climbing.

42. Grotto Point: It is a short ½ mile trail that begins at the Zion Lodge and ends at the Grotto picnic and trailhead area. As the trail follows the canyon floor, it is almost completely level. Although not strictly a destination hike, it makes for a pleasant and short stroll.

43. Shuttle bus service: A free shuttle bus system has been put in place to deal with parking and traffic problems, thanks to a large number of visitors to the park. The shuttle buses operate during the popular tourist months from February to November.

44. Zion Human History Museum: Permanent exhibits in this museum display the rich human history of the park. Showcasing historic pioneer settlement, American Indian culture, and the growth of Zion as a national park. The museum also illustrates the effects of water in Zion.

45. Weeping Rock: This is the ideal place to hike around the year. The constant flow of water from the canyons above keeps the lush hanging gardens continuously moist. While standing beside the dripping water, one can get a unique view of the Great White Throne.

46. The Great White Throne: Named by Fredrick Vining Fisher, Ogden’s Methodist minister of Ogden, Utah, the Great White Throne is a mesa, predominantly composed of white Navajo Sandstone. One can see it from most locations along with the scene.

Big Bend
Big Bend in Zion National Park. Image credit – Zion National Park

47. The Big Bend: Those looking for a popular photo spot, should look no further than the Big Bend. Although one will not find any trails over here, the canyon and the Virgin River turn sharply over here, creating a dramatic scene.

48. Zion Lodge: A gift shop and dining options, this lodge also offer lodging. One can find horse riding across the street. This lodge lies on shuttle stop #5. A short walking distance leads to a picnic area, the Grotto, and the next shuttle stop.

49. Located in Hildale, just south of the park lies this small boutique lodge. It is around 20 miles from the front entrance of the park. There is a grocery store nearby as well as four convenient places to eat. It is close to Coral Pink Sand Dunes, three scenic parks, and much more.

50. Mt. Isaac: Sandwiched between Jacob and Abraham, Mt. Isaac is the central figure in the Curt of Patriarchs. This towering sandstone offers a number of free routes and mixed aid to practice your skills on.

Zion national park – Quick facts

LocationWashington, Kane, and Iron counties, Utah, United States
Area146,597 acres (229.058 sq mi; 59,326 ha; 593.26 km2)
EstablishedNovember 19, 1919
Governing bodyNational Park Service
Fees & Passes for visitorshttps://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/fees.htm
Mailing addressZion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9
Springdale, UT 84767
Phone(435) 772-3256
Visitors3,591,254 (2020)
4,488,268 (2019)
For previous years visitor count use this link
Websitehttps://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm
Useful links for park visitorsMap and Guide (plan your visit)

Zion Information Guide