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The Creature Comforts of Springdale (and Why It’s an Ideal Place to Recover from Your Zion Adventure)

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Zion National Park and the rugged wilderness surrounding Springdale, Utah, is a giant red rock playground filled with magnificent scenery and grand outdoor adventures. It’s a place to play hard all day: hiking sandy trails, squeezing through slot canyons, rappelling off sandstone cliffs, and making your friends at home jealous of your Instagram feed. At the end of an exhausting Continue Reading →

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9 Reasons to Visit Zion National Park in Your Lifetime

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In a state filled with dramatic scenery that stretches to the horizon and seemingly endless bucket list adventures, Zion National Park is the crown jewel of Utah’s five iconic national parks. Zion’s landscape is filled with rainbow-colored rock layers chiseled into sharp peaks, high mesas, and deep, twisting canyons. It’s a place so hauntingly beautiful that you will never forget Continue Reading →

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On the Outskirts of Zion: 10 Can’t-Miss Experiences Outside Park Boundaries

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Putting Zion National Park on your bucket list is a no-brainer. This iconic national park puts Southern Utah on the map as a must-do travel destination. But look closely at that map and you’ll see Zion is only a small piece of it. Surrounding the national park is an entire landscape of mountains and canyons, deserts and forests, rocks and Continue Reading →

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Why Visiting Zion National Park In the Off Season Is a Great Idea

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The busy season at Zion National Park, one of Utah’s iconic "Mighty 5" national parks, is full of visitors. Mostly from March through October, more than 4.5 million tourists made the trek to Zion in 2017 alone and the park anticipates continued growth. Over the past decade, there’s been a 70 percent jump in annual visitation, leading the Park Service Continue Reading →

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The Story of Springdale: One of the Most Hospitable Towns in America

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Springdale, Utah, sits at the mouth of Zion Canyon, sandwiched between The Watchman, a pointed stone mountain, and Mount Kinesava on the southern edge of Zion National Park. The small town (with a population of 529) has long been the gateway to Zion and its soaring ramparts sculpted by the twisting Virgin River. While Springdale is surrounded by startling colors Continue Reading →

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Why One Day Isn’t Nearly Enough Time to Experience Zion National Park

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With its soaring red sandstone cliffs, signature buttes, towering monoliths, gravity-defying natural arches, and narrow slot canyons, Zion National Park offers visitors spectacular sights to explore in all directions. Utah’s first national park marks the geographic intersection of the Colorado Plateau, the Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert regions, which creates a unique environment that’s known for its diversity of Continue Reading →

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