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2017 Free Entrance Days

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Free Entrance Days in the National Parks The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of our second century by visiting a park in 2017. During ten days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in Continue Reading →

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December Highlights

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December Highlights for Springdale & Zion National Park While many people still think that because we are located in Utah the winter months in Springdale and Zion Canyon are filled with bitter cold weather and snow. Here is the real perspective, if you do get to experience snow here it’s a real treat as the already awe-inspiring cliffs of Zion Continue Reading →

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October Featured Hike

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The Chinle Trail While there are many hiking possibilities in the “desert section” of Zion National Park, the Chinle Trail is the one official trail of the area. Starting at a small parking area in the “Anasazi Plateau” residential development, the trail heads northwest up onto the Rockville Bench and into national park lands. The trail continues for roughly seven Continue Reading →

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September Featured Hike

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PA’RUS TRAIL Here is another great trail recommendation from Joe’s Guide to Zion National Park and this one happens to be just walking distance up the Virgin River from the Cliffrose. With summer still in full swing this great trail is suited for just about anyone and is also bike and dog friendly. Named after the Paiute word for “bubbling Continue Reading →

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August Featured Hike

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Observation Point The hike from the Weeping Rock Trailhead to Observation Point is a Zion classic and the viewpoint at the end of the trail is an iconic image of Zion National Park. The Observation Point Trail is a strenuous 8-mile (round trip) hike that could take between 4 to 6 hours and involves a lot of unrelenting uphill on Continue Reading →

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July Featured Hike

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The West Rim Trail The West Rim is one of the classic backcountry trails in Zion: a 16-mile long trail along the upper west plateau that connects Lava Point (the highest point in Zion) with the main canyon. Most visitors to Zion are familiar with the lower section of the West Rim Trail that leads to Angels Landing, but those Continue Reading →

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June Featured Hike

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The Narrows The North Fork of the Virgin River (aka “The Zion Narrows”) is probably one of the most legendary canyons to hike in all of Zion National Park. The Zion Narrows is the section of the Virgin River just upstream from the Temple of Sinawava (the end of the road up the main canyon). Here, the majestic walls of Continue Reading →

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May Featured Hike

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The Watchman Trail The Watchman Trail is a short trail (3-miles round trip) that starts by the Visitor Center and leads to a viewpoint on top of the first layer of cliffs roughly 300 feet above. This trail doesn’t actually take you to the top of the Watchman Mountain, but from the viewpoint you can get a good view of Continue Reading →

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April Featured Hike

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Emerald Pools Located in the heart of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and accessed via the Zion National Park Shuttle this is a wonderful hiking option for all ability levels. Below is a brief overview from Joe Braun and additionally we have provided links to more in depth information on Joe’s website. Emerald Pools is a Zion classic: an oasis Continue Reading →

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March Featured Hike

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THE SAND BENCH TRAIL One of the Main Canyon’s less talked about trails, the Sand Bench Trail really is a great hike during the spring and fall when the temperatures are cooler than the warmer summer months. This is also a great option for Spring Break trips for kids, teens, and adults. The Sand Bench Loop starts at the Court Continue Reading →

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