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Beautiful Zion National Park Is a Terrific Utah Camping Destination
Zion National Park is located in Utah near the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert. Best known for Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep, Zion National Park's unique location makes for a very diverse park. Mountains, rivers, canyons, desert, buttes, mesas, and monoliths are found within the park. There are also four very distinct life zones - desert, woodland, riparian and coniferous forest. More than 285 bird species, 78 mammals, and 32 reptiles live in the park. Plant life ranges from pines and juniper trees to yuccas and cacti. Mountain lions, bighorn sheep, 19 species of bat, and golden eagles add to the beauty of the park. With so much to see, explore and do, Zion National Park really is an excellent Utah camping destination!
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Zion National Park is known for its unpredictable weather so be prepared for just about anything while visiting. Temperatures aren’t only affected by elevation. It can vary by as much as 30 degrees between day and night! Spring is the most unpredictable time of the year. Sunshine and warm weather are just as likely as rain and cold. March is the rainiest month and wild flowers bloom April through June, with May being the best month. Summer days are hot reaching 100 degrees while nights are comfortable in the 60’s and 70’s. Afternoon thunderstorms are common mid July through mid September. Fall is the most predictable month and days are usually clear and mild. Nights can be cool. Autumn colors begin in September and peak in October. Winter is pretty mild, although storms in the lower elevations can drop snow. Snow is common at the higher elevations. Winter storms can last for many days, so be prepared for that. There is a $25 entrance fee to enter the park and it is good for seven consecutive days. An annual Zion National Park pass is $50 while an inter-agency pass costs $80 and grants access into most national parks. Open year round, Zion National Park is a great Utah camping destination any time of the year!
A park as diverse as Zion National Park has something to offer everyone, from first time visitors to Zion experts! There are many excellent opportunities for hiking, ranging from strolls through green forests to desert exploration to hiking up the side of a mountain or throw a deep and narrow canyon. The diversity of the park means there is something for just about any mood and activity level. Angels Landing is a strenuous hike along a narrow trail that ends at the summit high above Zion Canyon, offering beautiful views of everything below. Lowe Emerald Pool on the other hand is an easy stroll that takes you to the lower pool and small waterfalls. This is also an excellent spot for birdwatchers. With so many species, there is always something to spot, from Golden Eagles and American Condors to Mexican Spotted Owls and the Southwestern willow flycatcher. There are also many ranger lead activities that offer you a chance to learn more and the geological, human and plant and animal history and present of the park. The beautiful, rich red, tan and cream colors of the canyons, the deep, rich green of the forests, and the open, tan expanse of desert await you in Zion National Park, making it a wonderful Utah camping destination!
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