Zion’s Top Five

January 28th, 2013

Education, Outdoor adventures, Travel

Zion National Park protects 150,000 acres of possibly the most incredible landscape in the North America. Every year almost 3 million people come from all across the world just to see the park’s natural splendors. In this amazing place, how do you decide what to see when you visit? To point you in the right direction, we’ve complied a list of the top 5 things to do in Zion.

Number 5: Visit the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and the Zion Human History Museum. They are like the introduction to an incredible story. They provide a wealth of information on the area’s history, the establishment of the national park, and the abundant flora and fauna of the park. Ask questions, the park rangers are happy to help you learn.

Number 4: The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway offers a quick overview of some of Zion’s best features. The legendary one-mile tunnel opens to reveal the grandeur of Checkerboard Mesa. This scenic route never fails to impress. If you have kids with you, they are guaranteed to love this tunnel. In fact, they may insist that you drive the tunnel, “…just one more time!”

Number 3: The Narrows is one of Zion’s most popular hikes – and for good reason. The Virgin River has cut through hundreds of feet of rock to create this remarkable slot canyon. Hiking in the Narrows may require wading or even swimming. The chance to gaze upward, past hundreds of feet of cliff, only to see a small streak of sky is not to be missed.

Number 2: Kolob Canyon is the unsung gem of Zion National Park. It cannot be reached via the main park entrance, but must be accessed by taking I-15 north for several miles. The canyon is complete with arches, bridges, and waterfalls. You can tour by car or (preferably) by foot. Adventurers might consider hiking cross-country to Kolob Arch. The trek is both exhausting and exhilarating.

Number 1: The very best of the very best, Angel’s Landing offers the greatest overlook anywhere in Zion National Park. Almost everyone agrees on this. Angel’s Landing can be reached only after a strenuous hike along the West Rim Trail. The view from the top is quite simply, the best.

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