Designated in 1919, Zion is Utah’s oldest national park. Zion is a masterpiece carved from Navajo sandstone by the combined forces of wind, water, and time.
Zion is often said to be the most beautiful place in America. “Spectacular” is uttered in amazement as eyes raise to view the vast monoliths of the best of Utah’s National Parks. Zion National Park unveils its eight layers of sandstone, displaying what has taken two-hundred-million years to carve and mold. With elevations ranging from 3,600 to 8,700 feet, Zion National Park has a diversity of plant communities, supporting more than 900 species of plants. Changing elevations, temperature ranges, and varying amounts of sun and water, as well as species from the Colorado Plateau, Basin and Range, and Mojave Desert, all create a mosaic of habitats within the park.
This spectacular corner of Utah is a masterpiece of towering cliffs, deep red canyons, mesas, buttes and massive monoliths. Zion’s fame is due to more than beauty, it can also boast on its geology, and some of the best scenic drives anywhere.
From April through October the park’s weather is relatively mild, with pleasant days, cool nights and thunderstorms. Temperatures drop during winter months, with many clear sunny days reflecting off of the deep snow packs. The park boasts some of the world’s best air quality, offering panoramic views of three states and approaching 200 miles of visibility.