National Park Service taking action to keep parks open during shutdown

The National Park Service released a statement Sunday stating that it will be taking the needed steps to help pay for staffing at highly visited parks during the current partial government shutdown, by dipping into funds collected by entrance fees. P. Daniel Smith, Deputy Director of the National Park Service, stated that the funds allocated would be used to help … Read More

Local community pledges funds to keep Zion National Park open

With the partial federal government shutdown continuing into its second week, officials from local communities have been working to help maintain Zion National Park opened for at least another week. Zion has been able to remain partially operational thanks to funds granted by the State of Utah as well as the nonprofit Zion Forever Project. While these funds have been … Read More

One National Park in Utah will remained staffed in 2019

State officials confirmed on Friday that out of Utah’s 5 national parks, only one will continue to be staffed after the new year while the state pulls back its finding as the partial federal government shutdown continues. Managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, Vicki Varela, stated that a nonprofit organization will pay around $2,000 – $2,5000 a day … Read More

Mandatory Shuttle Service to be tested in Zion for remainder of 2018

Starting Saturday, December 22nd, and running through December 31st, Zion National Park will be testing their mandatory shuttle service in the park. This shuttle service will also provide services in Springdale to help visitors with connections in the park and town. These shuttle services are expected to help reduce regular vehicle traffic and congestion regularly experienced in Zion Canyon during … Read More

Rare Rock Shop-A Unique Gift Idea

As I sit here thinking of unique gifts for my family and friends this holiday season, with seemingly no luck, I happen to remember Rare Rock Shop. They have jewelry for my mom and slabs of stone for my sister who loves unique pieces in her home. My daughter is really into crystals, and Rare Rock Shop has a great … Read More

Animals of Zion

Animals of Zion When hiking along the trails of Zion National Park, visitors will often stop to marvel at the panoramic landscape. The red rock terrain and incredible geological formations create one of the most picturesque views in the country. While the scenic views are quite impressive, hikers should be sure to look among the trails, on rocks, and in … Read More

Zion Narrows will reopen temporarily after agreement reached

The top-down hike through the Narrows, which was shut off after private landowners posted no trespassing signs, will reopen temporarily after an agreement was reached between the landowners and Washington County. The Narrows will open up for public access starting Saturday and run through the end of the year with an easement, stated Zachary Renstrom, the Chairman of the Washington … Read More

Zion in October

What’s Happening October in Zion.  Events are subject to change, check with home pages of events to confirm. Daily Ranger-led Programs in the Park:  8:00am Walking the Watchman 9:00am Ride With a Ranger 11:00am Patio Talk 2:00pm Patio Talk 4:00 pm Patio Talk 8:00pm Zion Lodge Evening Program 9:15 pm Watchman Evening Program Monday, October 1: Tom Wheeler, local Springdale … Read More