The entrance to Zion National Park is only 30 minutes from the Quail Park Lodge. Travel north on Hwy 89, turn left on Hwy 9 located in Mt. Carmel junction.
Zion National Park History
By 1909, Zion Canyon was practically inaccessible to outside visitors; and while only a few had laid eyes on the towering cliffs, the country still understood its significance and established Mukuntuweap National Monument. In 2009, the National Park Service celbrated the Nation's commitment to preservation and protection of the natural and cultural resources and providing visitor enjoyment in Zion National Park over the past 100 years.
For Pet Owners - Did You Know?
Zion National Park has a trail where pets are allowed. The Pa'rus Trail winds along the Virgin River for 2 miles at the entrance to Zion Canyon and is also a bicycle path. For pet owners, bringing your pet to a national park can be a planning challenge.
- Rules prohibiting pets on trails are in place for your pet's protection. Zion National Park is home to insects, poisonous plants and wild animals. Negative interactions with other pets, park wildlife, and visitors are a major concern for park managers.
- The harsh summer heat found in Zion National Park can be life-threatening for your pet. Never leave your pet in a closed vehicle!
- Pets must be under physical control on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. They are not allowed on the shuttle, in the back country, on trails, or in public buildings.
- Service Animals are allowed on all of Zion's trails and shuttle and must be clearly identified as such.
- All pets are allowed on the Pa'rus Trail, located near the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, but must be leashed.
Utah's First National Park
Zion's massive canyon walls ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. To experience Zion, you need to walk among the towering cliffs, or challenge your courage in a small narrow canyon. These unique sandstone cliffs range in color from cream, to pink, to red. They could be described as sand castles crowning desert canyons.
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Visitors in 2009 (through August): 2 million
Zion's many multicolored canyons, mesas and towers frame its first-rate scenery. The park's most popular formation is Zion Canyon. Besides camping sites, Zion Lodge offers rooms, cabins, suites and a restaurant. From April to October, a free shuttle service whisks visitors on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.
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