Destination of the Week

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-22-2003
Destination of the Week
Mon, 08-11-2003 - 5:29pm
This DOTW is truly a collaborative effort: Utahtea2 suggested it, Jackie did the research

and I'm posting it! That is,I'm posting it if my internet connection stays up long enough!

This modern technology is great when it works,frustrating as the dickens when it doesn't! LOL


Zion National Park:

IN BRIEF

Zion is an ancient Hebrew word meaning a place of refuge or sanctuary. Protected within the park's 229 square miles is a dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. Zion is located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces. This unique geography and the variety of life zones within the park make Zion significant as a place of unusual plant and animal diversity.

"HUMAN HISTORY"

Evidence of Ancestral Puebloans, formerly known as the Anasazi, date from about 2,000 years ago; Paiutes from about 800 years ago to present. Mormon settlers arrived in the 1860s. Park visitation in 1920 was 3,692; in 1996 it reached 2.5 million.


ENTRANCE FEES

$20.00 US per vehicle (good for 7 days)

ACTIVITIES

Hiking - Zion offers many trails ranging from short "leg-stretcher" walks to strenuous adventures.

Wildflowers & Fall Colors - A variety of life zones and habitats makes Zion an excellent location for wildflower walks in spring and brilliant leaf color in autumn. Photography - Zion offers the photographer many opportunities to explore color, texture, and light.

Birdwatching - Zion is home to 271 species of birds. Bird checklists are available at the visitor centers. Ranger Bob Showler is the park bird expert.

Bicycling - The Pa'rus Trail offers a paved, car-free alternative for bicyclists to connect with the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Shuttle buses are equiped with bike racks.

Ranger-led activities - Join a Park Ranger to learn more about Zion National Park. Topics include animals, geology, plants, human history and more. Programs include Ride with a Ranger shuttle tours, guided hikes, daytime talks and evening programs at Watchman Campground and Zion Lodge. All programs are free. Check the weekly schedules posted at visitor centers and bulletin boards throughout the park for times, places, and subjects.

CAMPGROUNDS and RATES

•Near the south entrance to the park. Individual campsites are US$14 per site per night or US$7 for holders of Golden Age/Access cards. Sites with electricity are available at Watchman for US$16 per site per night. (Rates are as of Aug. 2000 and are subject to change.) Campgrounds can fill up during the summer months. Arrival before noon generally ensures a campsite except during holiday weekends. Facilities include restrooms, drinking water, picnic tables, fire grates, RV dump stations and utility sinks. No showers are available. South Campground sites are first-come, first-serve. You may self-register at the campground. Watchman Campground accepts reservations. Reservations may be made five months in advance for April 10-October 31 by calling (800) 365-2267, or visit http://reservations.nps.gov.

ADDITIONAL LODGING

•Zion Lodge

Three miles north on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Open year-round. Motel rooms, cabins, and suites available. Zion Lodge also has a gift shop and post office. Reservations recommended: (303) 297-2757 or visit http://www.zionlodge.com

•Other Lodging

Available in Springdale, Rockville, Mt. Carmel Junction, Kanab, and other nearby towns. For more information visit the Zion Canyon Visitors Bureau Lodging Information at http://www.zionpark.com/lodging.htm

http://www.nps.gov/zion/home.htm

We hope that when Utahtea2 comes back from her visit here she'll give us a detailed report! But for now, we'll rely on the internet for our details. It sounds great....


~~~ruth~~~




~~~ruth~~~