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Zion

Important Restrictions/Suggestions
The Zion - Mt. Carmel Tunnel by the East Entrance was built in the 1920's, when cars were smaller and there were no bicyclists. So, there are some restrictions due to this and other considerations in the park. Bicycles and pedestrians are prohibited on the roads in Zion National Park. Parking can be tough, during the busy summer season. I suggest taking the tram service from Zion Lodge, if you have a large vehicle or can't find parking.
Exploring the Slot Canyon in Zion.


Large Vehicle information
There are some restrictions and planning necessary for vehicles sized 7'10" in width or 11'4" in height or larger planning to use the tunnel. For more information contact the Zion visitors center at (435)772-3256.

Vehicles over 13'1" tall, semi-trucks, vehicles weighing over 50,000lbs and/or over 40' in length are also prohibited.

Vehicles longer than 19 feet are basically not allowed to park at "Weeping Rock", "Temple of Sinawa", or "Lava Point". So, I again suggest the tram service.


The Virgin Rivers Narrows Trail

What's in a name?
Zion is a Hebrew word for place of safety or refuge, and it was given to this canyon in 1860 by Mormon pioneers.

Kolob, another common place name in the area, is also from Mormon theology and refers to a heavenly place close to God. Once you have visited this area, you will probably understand why these areas received these names.


Human History
The oldest known inhabitants of Zion were the Anasazi, and they inhabited this area at least 2,000 years ago.

The Paiutes arrived about 800 years ago and continue to inhabit the area.
Mormon settlers arrived in the 1860's.
In 1920, there were around 3,700 visitors to Zion.
Today over 2.5 million people visit Zion National Park each year!

Wild Flower


Curious looking deer.
Want to be involved in wildlife research?
Well, you can! You can serve a vital role in maintaining and monitoring Zion by reporting natural history field observations. Sightings of bighorn sheep, owls, falcons, mountain lions, bobcats, bears, and other animals sightings can be very valuable to the preservation of the park. Observation cards for documenting your sightings are available at trailheads and visitor centers. You will want to include as much detailed information as you can. Cards can be turned in at visitor centers or to any park employee.


Will you be lucky enough to see Peregrine falcons?
The towering sandstone cliffs of Zion are the perfect habitat for the endangered Peregrine falcon. These falcons almost became extinct in the 1970's, due to the use of pesticides by humans. Zion is home to at least 15 pairs of these birds. Through continued conservation, including the closing of nesting cliffs to recreational rock climbing, this species will continue to thrive here. Keep an eye out for them soaring overhead!
Spectacular Zion Cliffs
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