Experience the Quieter side of Zion

Does your idea of a dream national park vacation include unpacking in an overpriced hotel in a small, rich, crowded tourist town?   Not ours. I would rather chew off my own foot than stay in a crowded town with streets over-flowing with pedestrians, higher prices, little parking and lines of tourists to almost everything.  It’s hard enough driving through … Read More

Zion National Park vs. Bryce Canyon National Park

Zion National Park vs Bryce Canyon National Park

Zion National Park vs Bryce Canyon National Park Both Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park are spectacular, memorable experiences – totally worthwhile, but which is better? I get this question a lot and you guessed it – there’s no right or wrong answer. It all depends on your preferences, travel party, time and which season you’re going. Majestic … Read More

Zion-Mount Carmel Highway is Open!

Zion-Mount Carmel Highway is Open

Zion-Mount Carmel Highway Reopens As of Saturday, April 27th, 2019, Zion-Mount Carmel Highway is open again. After closing on April 9th, 2019, for road repairs as well as a new culvert, retaining wall, etc. – the highway reopened ahead of schedule. Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, along the Utah State Route 9, is an experience all in itself. One of America’s Greatest … Read More

24 high-priority projects being addressed thanks to Zion Forever Project

Watchman Zion National Park Utah

Thanks to Zion National Park’s official nonprofit partner, the Zion Forever Project, 24 high-priority projects will be addressed this year, as stated in the Zion Forever Project’s 2019 Field Guide, thanks to a historic investment of $1.5 million. In a press release by the Zion Forever Project, they stated that the nonprofit has demonstrated the importance that comes from leveraging … Read More

Climbing Routes Closed for Peregrine Falcons Nesting Period

Peregrine Falcon nesting at Zion National Park

A number of climbing routes were closed down on March 1st to help minimize any disruption during the Peregrine Falcon nesting period in Zion National Park. Routes and cliffs closed are areas that are often used by the falcons each year as they return to Zion National Park. Falcon’s are particularly sensitive during their nesting season. If their nesting area … Read More

Zion’s Kolob Canyon District to reopen Friday

Kolob Canyon in Zion to reopen

After nine months of closure due to re-constructions, the facilities in the Kolob Canyon District are set to reopen on Friday. The area of Zion National Park shut down for construction in May 2018 to help reconstruct sections of the road, repave the road. The project also included adding accessible parking for visitors, a sidewalk and two new bathrooms. With … Read More

National Park Service taking action to keep parks open during shutdown

Zion National Park road stays open

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

One National Park in Utah will remained staffed in 2019

Zion National Park road stays open

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

Zion in October

Zion National Park 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