Road Work in Zion National Park Will Impact Hiking, Canyoneering Access

Road work in Zion National Park this summer will impact access to some hiking trails, according to Superintendent Jock Whitworth.

Is There A Thaw Coming On the Three-Year-Old Freeze on National Park Fees?

Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lake, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Three years ago, then-National Park Service Director Mary Bomar placed a freeze on most fees associated with visiting the national parks. Now, though, it appears that freeze might be thawing.

Reader Participation Day: Which Is Your Favorite National Park Gateway Town?

If you had to pick a gateway town to live in -- not because of its associated national park, but because of its atmosphere -- which would you choose?

Hiker Falls to Her Death In Zion National Park

A woman believed to be hiking in Zion National Park has fallen about 1,000 feet to her death from Scout Lookout.

Two Men Killed While Attempting To Raft Through "The Narrows" Of Zion National Park

The bodies of two men who possibly had intended to build a log raft to float the Virgin River through "the Narrows" of Zion National Park were recovered Monday.

Zion National Park Road Work Will Block Access To Some Canyoneering Routes

Not only will the upcoming road work in Zion National Park make it tough for travelers using the east entrance to Zion, but it also will result in restricted access to some technical canyoneering routes.

Add Zion National Park to the List Of Parks With Road Construction Nightmares Planned

If you're visiting Zion National Park this year, well, enjoy the traffic. From mid-May into October there will be road work along the corridor into and out of the park's east entrance. And that means doing the "Utah two-step" from Zion to Bryce Canyon National Park or vice versa could be very trying.

Zion National Park Shuttle Returns to the Road April 1, And That's No Joke

If you're heading to Zion National Park in the coming days, know that you won't be able to drive your car into Zion Canyon unless you have a reservation at the lodge. As of Thursday the Zion Shuttle swings back into action to ease the congestion in the scenic canyon.

How Might the National Park System Appear if Not for the Use of the Antiquities Act of 1906?

Devils Postpile National Monument, copyright Kurt Repanshek
If the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to set aside national monuments, had never been created, how might that have affected the National Park System as we see it today?

Zion National Park Developing Soundscape Management Plan

Shhhhhh! What would you hear in Zion National Park if there were no mechanical sounds? That should be an interesting question to discuss as park officials develop a soundscape management plan to protect natural sound in the park.

Return of the Peregrine Prompts Viewing Opportunities and Seasonal Closures in Several Parks

Peregrine. NPS photo.
Peregrine falcons have long fascinated humans with their beauty, speed and dramatic dives, but the birds had all but disappeared from much of North America only a few years ago. They're making a dramatic comeback, and seasonal closures of key nesting areas in several parks are both helping in that recovery and offering opportunities to see the birds.

Zion National Park Commemorative Coin Out of This World

An astronaut aboard the space shuttle Endeavour is carrying with him a Zion National Park commemorative coin, an expression, perhaps, that the park's red-rock landscape is other worldly.

A Look Back at Last Year's Predictions for 2009 Park Travel. How Did the Forecasters Fare?

Park entrance station employee.
A number of NPS areas reported increases in visitation during 2009, but what was the outlook going into last year? Now that the actual results are coming in, let's see how the crystal balls fared.
U.S. Highway 89: The Scenic Route to Seven National Parks U.S. 89 is a relatively narrow thread of pavement that wends its way 1,600 miles from Glacier National Park in northern Montana to Tumacacori National Historical Park in southern Arizona. Along the way, it passes through five states, past seven units of the National Park System, and through thousands of years of human experience. Ann Torrence captures this sliver of history in words and photographs in a story that is decided off the racetrack known as the interstate highway system.

Zion National Park Looking For Some Hardy Souls for Work in the Wilderness

Planning a mid-February visit to Zion National Park? The rangers are looking for some hardy souls to help them delineate the park's wilderness boundaries east of Springdale, Utah.

Going to Zion National Park This Summer? Be Aware of Work on the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway

Switchbacks on the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. NPS photo by Mike Large.
If you're planning to visit Zion National Park this summer, the route you choose will make a big difference in your trip. Visitors entering via the park's South entrance won't be affected, but travelers using the East Entrance and the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway will find some delays and closures.

In Zion National Park, Wildflower Seed Theft is a Nearly Invisible Crime

The recent conviction of two undocumented aliens for illegally harvesting hundreds of pounds of wildflower seeds in Zion National Park sheds light on a little-publicized criminal activity in our national parks.

National Park Movies: Some More We Like for 1950-1979

Our Traveler’s Top Ten national park movies post was well-received, but we only scratched the surface. We’re digging deeper now. Here are some more we like for 1950 to 1979.

Woman Dies in Fall From Angels Landing At Zion National Park

A woman hiking up Angels Landing in Zion National Park apparently tripped and fell about 1,000 feet to her death, according to park officials.

Visiting Zion National Park in November? Here’s the Fall Schedule for the Free Park Shuttle

Shuttle in Zion Canyon
Fall can be a wonderful time to see Zion National Park, and the free shuttle service in Zion Canyon allows you to concentrate on the scenery instead of a search for a parking place. The shuttle will continue to run during November, but on a reduced schedule. Here's what you need to know for a visit.

Winter Lodging Deals at Mammoth Cave, Zion, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley National Parks

Comparatively few people think of visiting national parks during the winter months, and that's unfortunate for a variety of reasons. Not only does this season present an entirely different view of the parks than the one you normally experience during spring and summer, but lodging typically is less expensive, as the following offers demonstrate.

Wilderness Designations And National Parks Don't Cross Paths Often Enough

Yellowstone. Canyonlands. Voyageurs. Grand Canyon. Great Smoky Mountains. Glacier. Surprising as it is, none of those parks has so much as a single acre of officially designated wilderness.

Rockslide Repairs Completed, Weeping Rock Trail Reopens at Zion National Park

Rockslide on trail.
Fans of the Weeping Rock Trail in Zion National Park can rejoice. The trail, closed by a rockslide on September 2, is now open again for visitor use.

To Help Celebrate Zion National Park's 100th Birthday, A Break On Lodging Rates at Zion Lodge

A trip to Zion National Park later this fall is becoming a bit more affordable, courtesy of a special rate at Zion Lodge in honor of the park's centennial anniversary this year.

Aerial Reseeding Operations to Temporarily Close Some Zion National Park Trails

Work to reseed areas of Zion National Park that were burned in June 2006 will lead to the temporary closure of some backcountry trails in the park.

On Canyoneering, Politics, and Teens Studying Climate Change in the National Parks

Slipping from the top of the arch into the abyss below was a difficult move that rattled my psyche. Even though the sandstone band I was perched on was not much more than 4 feet wide, it was stable. Putting my faith into the rope cinched to my climbing harness and dropping into the 100-foot void went completely against my desire for self-preservation.

Rock Slide Expected to Keep Zion National Park's Weeping Rock Trail Closed At Least Through Labor Day

Folks planning to head to Zion National Park this Labor Day holiday weekend will have to forgo a walk to the Weeping Rock, as a rockslide has closed the trail for the immediate future.

Illegal Guiding Service Busted in Zion National Park

Despite being warned about running an illegal guiding service in Zion National Park, a Utah man continued to do just that. Last month he paid the price when he was convicted for doing so.

Angels Landing Trail at Zion National Park to be Closed Briefly on September 1st

Angels Landing.
There's been a lot of comment on the Traveler this year about the safety of the Angels Landing Trail in Zion National Park, so don't jump to conclusions if you visit the park on September 1 and find the trail has been closed. It's only temporary, and it's not for a reason most of us might expect.

Upon Further Review: "But My GPS Unit Said Go Thataway..."

Zion National Park canyon scene
GPS units can be a useful aid if you're traveling in unfamiliar territory, but they're often better suited for the city than the boondocks. Three hikers at Zion National Park who depended upon their GPS for directions in the backcountry found themselves in Heaps of trouble.