Zion National Park

Zion National Park

News in Zion

'Gigantic grandeur': Vintage photos detail first marketing of Zion National Park

May 18, 2010, 1:16 pm
On May 15, 1920, the gate officially swung open for the new Zion National Park. It had been a monument for some time and had been visited before, but now it was a member of the National Park system. Sitting on the gate as it swung wide were five University ...

Zion Shuttle System Resumes Operation for 2010

April 5, 2010, 6:52 am
The Zion Canyon Transportation (Shuttle) System will resume operation on Thursday, April 1, 2010.  This will mark the 11th season of operation for the popular shuttle system in Zion National Park and in Springdale, Utah.  Parks Transportation, Inc., a subsidiary of McDonald Transit of Fort Worth, Texas, operates the ...

Zion National Park Announces Road Work Project

April 5, 2010, 6:51 am
Superintendent Jock Whitworth has announced that major roadwork will occur in Zion National Park from approximately mid-May to October, 2010. The work will occur on a section of the Zion-Mt Carmel highway known as “The Switchbacks”, from the junction of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to the west portal ...

A weekend in St. George, Utah

April 5, 2010, 6:16 am
BUDGET Getting there The drive time from Las Vegas to St. George is 90 minutes to two hours (about 115 miles). One-way rates during frequent sale periods start at $129; 10-day advance notice; nonstop on AirTran or Delta. Stay Oversize guest rooms at the Crystal Inn Hotel and Suites feature a microwave, refrigerator, ...

Zion ranger still going strong at 86

March 22, 2010, 7:44 am
It takes a torn rotator cuff to slow down 86-year-old Marcel Rodriguez. Even that doesn't slow him down too much. "He's 13 years my senior and I can't keep up with him," says his wife, Nina Rodriguez. "He's everybody's hero." Nina says her children "adore" Marcel, their stepfather and husband to ...

Spring in Zion and Art, Golf and Ironman in nearby St George

March 9, 2010, 8:48 am
St George is beautiful during springtime. It's a garden spot in the desert, with mild temperatures, beautiful scenery and plenty of opportunity for recreation and adventure. Some of the best events of the year will take place in St George during the next few weeks, as described below. St George Art ...

Zion National Park Zion National Park Announces Reopening of 2010 Visitor Services

March 9, 2010, 8:29 am
Zion National Park has announced the reopening of the Zion Human History Museum and South Campground in Zion National Park. Both of these visitor facilities have been closed during the winter months. Additionally, the park horse concession will begin operations for the season. The Zion Human History Museum will reopen ...

Men admit stealing seed pods from Zion National Park

December 17, 2009, 1:48 pm
Two men have pleaded guilty to trying to steal 600 pounds of wildflower seed pods in Utah's Zion National Park in hopes of a payday on the commercial market. Court records say the pair apparently spent weeks in a remote portion of the park pinching Palmer's penstemon, a tall-growing native ...

RV Camping in Utah's National Parks

December 8, 2009, 7:34 am
Did you know there are more than a dozen sites run by the National Parks Service just waiting for you to discover in Utah? If you love RV camping as well as the beauty of America's National Parks, a trip to Utah should be on your "To-Do List." Hope ...

Zion seeks volunteers for annual bird count

December 3, 2009, 7:52 am
Zion National Park is looking for volunteer birders to participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 19. The count is open to birders of all skill levels. This year marks Zion's 38th year of participation in the bird count. The Zion National Park count takes place in a designated ...

Zion National Park installs entrance station photovoltaics

November 30, 2009, 7:41 am
Superintendent Jock Whitworth has announced that Zion National Park recently installed solar photovoltaic systems at the park’s South and East Entrance Stations. The two kilowatt systems provide 50 percent of the power required to run the entrance stations and are tied directly to the electrical grid to avoid the need for storage batteries. The park ...

Hiking highs at Zion Narrows

November 20, 2009, 6:42 am
Nothing against Mammoth Lakes, but Zion National Park is quickly becoming my favorite long-weekend hiking destination. After a failed attempt at conquering Angels Landing in May, we returned to the park a few weeks ago, this time to tackle the Virgin River Narrows — a.k.a. Zion Narrows. It definitely ...

The beauty of autumn in southern Utah

November 9, 2009, 8:42 am
Pssst. Want to know a secret? Southern Utah, that geologic and scenic wonderland, is dazzling in every season — but in autumn the annual invasion of sightseeing visitors from around the world drops to a trickle. As desk manager Ron Stensfors notes from behind the service counter at Zion Lodge, seasoned (so to speak) ...

Zion National Park seeking live-in artist

November 2, 2009, 7:40 am
Visual artists across the country are encouraged to apply by Saturday for a four-week artist-in-residence program at Zion National Park. Zion and the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery at Southern Utah University's College of Performing and Visual Arts are joining to offer the program, in which one artist will be selected for each session between ...

Zion National Park reduces shuttle service for winter

October 28, 2009, 9:52 am
Mandatory shuttle service in Zion National Park has ended for the season but weekend visitors are still urged to use the shuttles on a voluntary basis. The park shifted to shuttle-only traffic for March-to-November visitors nine years ago to alleviate congestion and to benefit the environment. With regular service shut down ...