Zion National Park

Zion National Park Gets Commemorative Licence Plate, But It's No Delicate Arch

Zion National Park is celebrating its centennial this year, and the state of Utah's gift is a commemorative license plate honoring Zion. But it pales in comparison to the state's license plate that depicts Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.

The National Park to Park Highway

In the early 1900s, some national parks existed, but getting to them was problematic. Then was born the idea to develop a "National Park-to-Park Highway," one that would run through 11 states and connect 13 national parks.

Threats to Archaeological Resources Lead To Climbing Area Closure in Zion National Park

"Social" trails, too much chalk, and even climbing hardware left in place have prompted Zion National Park officials to close a climbing area to protect archaeological resources from damage.

Tricky Conditions Lead Zion National Park Officials to Temporary Close Middle Echo Canyon to Visitors

Too many stranded canyoneers who required help has prompted Zion National Park officials to temporary ban access to Middle Echo Canyon.

Group says Landscape Arch in Arches NP, Not Kolob Arch in Zion NP, is World's Largest Span of Stone

If you stood beneath both Landscape Arch in Arches National Park and Kolob Arch in Zion National Park, could you tell which span is longer? Probably not, but a group has come up with a standardized way to measure arches and says Landscape is the longer span of stone.

Zion National Park's Hike to Angel's Landing: eHike to the Top

The hike to the top of Angel's Landing in Zion National Park has gotten a lot of attention from Traveler readers over the years. If you've never experienced it and are curious, check out the ehike the park recently produced.

Rooms Available for The Summer At Zion National Park -- At Least Right Now

If you've ever wanted to visit Zion National Park, and stay in Zion Canyon, now is the time to make that reservation. Zion Lodge officials say advance bookings are down, which is good news for travelers.

Stranded Boaters Rescued from the "Narrows" at Zion National Park

The Narrows in Zion N.P.
Recent attempts by several kayakers to run the area in Zion National Park known as The Narrows were far from successful. Two of the boaters found themselves stranded 800 feet above the canyon floor.

Work by Thomas Moran and Other Artists on Exhibit at Zion National Park

Overlook in Zion.
A temporary exhibit featuring work of Thomas Moran and 21 other nationally known artists is on display at Zion National Park through May 26, 2009.

Tracing The Postage Stamp-Sized History of the National Park System

You could call it a postage stamp-sized history of the National Park System, but the history of park scenes on U.S. postage is really quite colorful and carries a few stories with it.

House Fails to Pass Massive Lands Bill That Would Have Aided National Park System

A massive lands bill, one that would have added nearly 1 million acres of national park lands to the national wilderness system, has failed to gain passage in the U.S. House of Representatives. But it could live to see another vote.

Philatelists Rejoice: New Stamps Honoring Zion and Grand Teton National Parks On The Way

For those of you who keep track of the national parks with stamp collections, get ready to add two new stamps to your albums.

Can You Still Get Off the Beaten Path in National Parks?

How much have the national parks changed since you were a kid? Have they changed? When you return to a park that you haven't been to in decades, is it like returning to an old friend, or visiting someplace totally alien?

Presumed 400-foot Fall Kills Man in Zion National Park

A 48-year-old man has been killed in Zion National Park, apparently the victim of a 400-foot fall from the Canyon Overlook near Zion Tunnel.

National Park System Would Gain Official Wilderness Under Omnibus Lands Bill

A massive lands bill introduced today by Senator Jeff Bingaman would, if passed by Congress and signed by the president, designate hundreds of thousands of acres of official wilderness across the National Park System.

Zion National Park Looking for Help With Annual Bird Count

Like to count? Like birds? Like to count birds in Zion National Park?

Utah Man Dies in Fall at Zion National Park

A short fall in Zion National Park has killed a 55-year-old Utah man.

Zion National Park Has Lured Artists For Decades

Kolob Arch, Zion NP. Kurt Repanshek photo.
As you enter Zion Canyon, it's impossible to avert your eyes from the sandstone ramparts that frame the cleft cut by the Virgin River. They're just that impressive.

Zion National Park Planning To "Rehabilitate" Mount Carmel Highway

Talk about ambitious. The folks at Zion National Park are planning to do the first substantial rehabilitation of the Mount Carmel Highway in nearly 80 years, something that will not be an overnight job.

Zion National Park Officials To Examine Needs of Canyon Shuttle System

The shuttle system that takes visitors into and out of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park long has been singled out for its success. But even a good thing can have problems.

Colorado Man Falls to His Death in Zion National Park

A 34-year-old Colorado climber working on one of Zion National Park's more popular climbing routes has fallen an estimated 300 feet to his death.

Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest

Sweeping panoramas, fluted slot canyons and fossilized sand dunes are among the subjects that Jon Ortner brings into focus with Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest, an expansive coffee table book.

Another Look at Those GPS Rangers in the National Parks

It was just about a year ago that I wrote about the invasion of "GPS Rangers" into the national parks. Back then I wasn't so keen on this hand-held electronic tour gizmo, but there does seem to be a hidden blessing in it.

Traveler's Picks for Where to Get Wet in the National Park System

We definitely are in the dog days of summer. In Great Smoky Mountains National Park the temperature's been well into the 90s, and with the high humidity, well, you really do need to find a place to cool off. With that understood, here are Traveler's Top Picks for where to get wet in the National Park System.*

Backcountry Volunteer Survives 100 Foot Fall While Canyoneering at Zion National Park

A 23-year old canyoneer is badly hurt after a botched rappel sent her tumbling 100 feet into Zion National Park’s Pine Creek Canyon.

Battling Invasive Species in Arches National Park

Our national parks are places of incredible beauty and rich history. But they also are under siege. Across the National Park System, the landscape is being invaded by non-native species that are not just out of place, when you consider what should be growing, but in some cases are actually driving out the natives.

Zion National Park is a Magnet for Canyoneers

Zion National Park has become a magnet for canyoneering enthusiasts. With more than four dozen remote and technical slot canyons feeding into Zion Canyon, the park is just about as good as it gets for practitioners of this rapidly growing extreme sport.

Fire Restrictions Ban Campfires at Zion National Park

Dry conditions in the Southwest have prompted Zion National Park officials to institute fire restrictions, including a ban on campfires and smoking on trails.

Coal-Fired Plants Obscuring National Park Vistas

On a clear day, you often can see for miles and miles. But as a report from the National Parks Conservation Association points out, clear days are harder and harder to find in our national parks under the Bush administration's relatively laissez-faire approach to coal-fired power plants.

National Park Quiz 1: Are You Centered?

Do you know where the national parks are located? This little quiz will test the accuracy of your National Park System “mental map.” The answers are at the end. No peeking!
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