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Zion

National Park - Utah

Zion National Park is a southwest Utah nature preserve distinguished by Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive cuts through its main section, leading to forest trails along the Virgin River. The river flows to the Emerald Pools, which have waterfalls and a hanging garden. Also along the river, partly through deep chasms, is Zion Narrows wading hike.

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Official visitor map of Zion National Park (NP) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Zion - Visitor Map

Official visitor map of Zion National Park (NP) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units and Regions

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Heritage Areas

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of Colorado City Travel Management Area (TMA) in the BLM Arizona Strip Field Office area in Arizona. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Arizona Strip - Colorado City

Map of Colorado City Travel Management Area (TMA) in the BLM Arizona Strip Field Office area in Arizona. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

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Summer Information Sheet for Zion National Park (NP) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Zion Maps and Guides - Summer 2021

Summer Information Sheet for Zion National Park (NP) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Spring Information Sheet for Zion National Park (NP) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Zion Maps and Guides - Spring 2021

Spring Information Sheet for Zion National Park (NP) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Winter Information Sheet for Zion National Park (NP) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Zion Maps and Guides - Winter 2020/2021

Winter Information Sheet for Zion National Park (NP) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Fall Information Sheet for Zion National Park (NP) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Zion Maps and Guides - Fall 2020

Fall Information Sheet for Zion National Park (NP) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

The Wilderness Guide is designed to answer most of the common questions about wilderness use in the park and includes a map, Subway and Narrows information, and details about the permit system. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Wilderness - Wilderness Guide 2021

The Wilderness Guide is designed to answer most of the common questions about wilderness use in the park and includes a map, Subway and Narrows information, and details about the permit system. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

This map is given to overnight hikers that have a permit for camping in the Southwest Desert part of Zion. It is useful to have a map that helps locate the campsites. It may also be useful for day trips. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Wilderness - Southwest Desert Campsites

This map is given to overnight hikers that have a permit for camping in the Southwest Desert part of Zion. It is useful to have a map that helps locate the campsites. It may also be useful for day trips. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

This map is for visitors with permits to hike the Narrows top-down. This information is useful for finding the Narrows campsites. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Wilderness - Narrows Campsites

This map is for visitors with permits to hike the Narrows top-down. This information is useful for finding the Narrows campsites. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

This handout is for visitors with a permit to do the Pine Creek technical slot canyon. This information helps visitors prevent erosion at the entrance to the canyon, located near tunnel east. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Wilderness - Pine Creek Canyon

This handout is for visitors with a permit to do the Pine Creek technical slot canyon. This information helps visitors prevent erosion at the entrance to the canyon, located near tunnel east. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

This handout is for visitors with a permit to do the Spry Canyon technical slot canyon. This information helps prevent erosion at the sandy exit slope after you come out of the slot section. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Wilderness - Spry Canyon

This handout is for visitors with a permit to do the Spry Canyon technical slot canyon. This information helps prevent erosion at the sandy exit slope after you come out of the slot section. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

This handout is for visitors with a permit to do the Keyhole technical slot canyon. This information helps prevent erosion at the entrance slope when accessing the canyon. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Wilderness - Spry Canyon

This handout is for visitors with a permit to do the Keyhole technical slot canyon. This information helps prevent erosion at the entrance slope when accessing the canyon. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

https://www.nps.gov/zion https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion_National_Park Zion National Park is a southwest Utah nature preserve distinguished by Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive cuts through its main section, leading to forest trails along the Virgin River. The river flows to the Emerald Pools, which have waterfalls and a hanging garden. Also along the river, partly through deep chasms, is Zion Narrows wading hike. Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures. Zion National Park is located on State Route 9 in Springdale, Utah. You may drive yourself on all open park roads except the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. During most of the year, the Scenic Drive is accessed by shuttle bus only. Shuttles are free and can be found at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. Human History Museum Indoor exhibits focus in the human history of Zion National Park. A 22-minute orientation film highlights the dramatic landscapes of the park and examines the history of the canyon. Rotating art exhibits feature regional artists. Visit the bookstore for maps, book, and gifts. There are dramatic views of the Towers of the Virgin and Bridge Mountain outside. Kolob Canyons Visitor Center This is the entry point to the Kolob Canyons area of the park. It is located 45 miles north of Springdale and 17 miles south of Cedar City at Exit 40 on Interstate 15. Park rangers are available to answer questions and issue wilderness permits. Exhibits explore the geology, vegetation, and wildlife of this unique landscape. This is the entry point to the Kolob Canyons area of the park. It is located 45 miles north of Springdale and 17 miles south of Cedar City at Exit 40 on Interstate 15. Zion Canyon Visitor Center Located near the South Entrance of the park, the Zion Canyon Visitor Center is an excellent place to begin your exploration of Zion Canyon. Park rangers and outdoor exhibits will help you plan your visit and make the most of your time. Inquire at the Zion Canyon Wilderness Desk about permits for backpacking, canyoneering, and other trips into the wilderness. Visit the bookstore for maps, books, and gifts. By Car Zion National Park is located on State Route 9 in Springdale, Utah. All mileages below represent the distance from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. From Las Vegas, Nevada (163 miles), Mesquite, Nevada (80 miles), and Saint George, Utah (40 miles): Interstate 15 North Exit 16 - Right on State Route 9 East (33 miles) Right to stay on State Route 9 East in La Verkin, Utah (20 miles) Stay on State Route 9 East into Zion National Park, the Zion Canyon Visitor Center is ahead on the right. Lava Point Campground This campground is typically open May through September, as weather allows. Situated at 7890 feet above sea level, it is off the Kolob Terrace Road, 25 miles (45 minutes) north of the town of Virgin. It takes approximately one hour and 20 minutes to drive to the campground from the South Entrance of Zion Canyon. There are 6 primitive campsites available first come, first serve. The campground has pit toilets and trash cans, but no water. Vehicles longer than 19 feet are not permitted. South Campground South Campground is located near the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, ½ mile from the South Entrance at Springdale, Utah. Tent, dry RV, and group campsites are available by reservation from March through October. All sites include a place for a tent or RV, a picnic table, and a fire ring. Reservations may be made 14 days in advance of your stay. Reservations are needed because the campground is full nearly every night during the reservation season. Tent Campsites 20.00 Tent Campsites Group Campsites 50.00 Group Campsites South Campground South Campground South Campground Watchman Campground Watchman Campground is located next to the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, ¼ mile away from the South Entrance in Springdale, Utah. Tent and electric campsites are available year-round and group campsites are available from March through November. All sites include a place for a tent or RV, a picnic table, and access to a fire ring. All campsites in Watchman Campground require reservations year-round. Reservations may be made six (6) months in advance. Electric Campsites 30.00 Generators are not permitted, but 95 campsites have electrical hookups. Reserve an electric campsite if you need power. Tent Only Campsites 20.00 There are 69 campsites that are for tents only with combined vehicle length less than 19' (5.8 m). There are 18 Tent Only, Walk-in campsites. These sites are a short walking distance Group Campsites 50.00 There are 6 group campsites that are limited to one site per affiliated group at a time with a seven day per stay limit. The sites can accommodate from 9 to 40 campers. The group campsites are tent only. RVs, camping trailers, and pop-up campers are not permitted. Cost $50.00 per night for 7-12 people, $90.00 per night for 16-25 people and $130.00 per night for 26-40 people. Accessible Sites 10.00 2 wheelchair accessible sites Watchman Campground Watchman Campground Watchman Campground Watchman Campground Restroom Watchman Campground Restroom Watchman Campground Restroom Temples and Towers of the Virgin A towering sandstone rock formation. The Temples and Towers can be seen from the back patio of the Human History Museum. Zion Canyon Visitor Center Zion Canyon Visitor Center with a sandstone peak in the background The Zion Canyon Visitor Center sits near the sandstone peak known as the Watchman Mountain of the Sun A white and pink sandstone peak, lit up in the sunlight. The Mountain of the Sun in Zion Canyon. The Zion Narrows A narrow canyon with a gentle river flowing in the bottom The Zion Narrows is a challenging wilderness experience. Kolob Arch A large red sandstone arch high up on a cliff. Deep in Zion's Wilderness sits Kolob Arch, one of the largest free-standing arches in the world. 2009 NPS Environmental Achievement Awards Recipients of the 2009 Environmental Achievement Awards 2011 NPS Environmental Achievement Awards Recipients of the 2011 NPS Environmental Achievement Awards The Civilian Conservation Corps As part of the New Deal Program, to help lift the United States out of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933. The CCC or C’s as it was sometimes known, allowed single men between the ages of 18 and 25 to enlist in work programs to improve America’s public lands, forests, and parks. CCC men lined up in front of a building and looking at a flag pole with an american flag. Jolley Gulch Fire Spread Limited by Prior Prescribed Fires Jolley Gulch Fire, July 23, 2017 Jolley Gulch Fire, July 23, 2017 California Condor Species description of the California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus). An adult condor with the wing tag label number 80 stands over a juvenile condor. Wildland Fire: Clear Trap Prescribed Fire The Clear Trap prescribed fire in Zion National Park will benefit both the park and the landowners and residents of the East Zion area. The burn will lower the risk from wildland fire, and also benefit the plants and animals of the fire-adapted ecosystem. The policy of using fire as a management tool will help decrease risks to life, property, and resources and will perpetuate the values for which the park was established. Cooperation of local interagency partners was vital. Fire burns vegetation near a barbed wire fence. Geologic Maps in Action—Identify Hazards <strong>Zion National Park, Utah</strong><br> Example of the application of geologic map data to analyze rockfall hazard potential. large boulder on top of crushed truck The Civilian Conservation Corps at Cedar Breaks In 1934, on July 4th, the CCC made their first appearance at Cedar Breaks, “acting as traffic directors, assisting in getting many of the stalled cars up to the Breaks and serving a barbecue to some 3,000 people” at the official dedication ceremony and celebration for the new national monument. That, of course was just the beginning of the Cs’ involvement at Cedar Breaks National Monument. Civilian Conservation Corps crew at Cedar Breaks Arches National Park’s Free-Flowing Waters Visitors to Arches National Park experience natural free-flowing waters and have water to quench their thirst, thanks to an agreement between the National Park Service and the State of Utah. The sun sits just below the horizon behind Delicate Arch. Landbird Monitoring in Northern Colorado Plateau Network Parks, 2018 Because birds can be sensitive to habitat change, they are good indicators of ecosystem integrity. The Northern Colorado Plateau Network partners with the University of Delaware to assess breeding-bird species trends in three different habitats: low-elevation riparian, pinyon-juniper, and sage shrubland. Find out which species were increasing and declining at network parks as of 2018. Small, bright-orange bird with yellowish underfeathers. SW CA Condor Update - 2013-01 (January) From January 2013: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. Survival of the Southern Paiute The Paiutes have overcome insurmountable challenges and devastation as a people. Their long struggle to preserve the Paiute way and flourish continues. But they will not give up. Instead, they celebrate their achievements, promising that while “[t]he struggle is long and difficult… the Paiute will survive.” Native American man in ceremonial dress with orange cliffs in the background. California Condor Reintroduction & Recovery A tagged California condor flies free. NPS Photo/ Don Sutherland A wing-tagged California condor flying in the blue sky. Traits, Tradeoffs, and Pivot Points: How Climate, Plant, and Soil Properties Affect Vegetation Growth on the Northern Colorado Plateau As the northern Colorado Plateau heads into a hotter, drier future, there will be ecological winners and losers. Figuring out how different vegetation communities will fare is tricky. A recent study aimed to identify which vegetation communities might come out ahead, which might lag behind, and what might make the difference. Desert grassland in red rock setting. Pink wildflowers grow in foreground as storm brews in the sky. The Sounds of Spring When the weather warms, national parks across the country rouse from winter’s sleep. The sounds you hear in parks reflect this seasonal change. They contribute to the unique soundscape of these special places, and are among the resources that the National Park Service protects. Sandhill cranes dance in a courtship ritual in flooded grasslands at Great Sand Dunes NP. Wildland Fire in Douglas Fir: Western United States Douglas fir is widely distributed throughout the western United States, as well as southern British Columbia and northern Mexico. Douglas fir is able to survive without fire, its abundantly-produced seeds are lightweight and winged, allowing the wind to carry them to new locations where seedlings can be established. Close-up of Douglas fir bark and needles. Module Conducts Wildland-Urban Interface Projects Throughout the Intermountain Region In 2013, the Saguaro Wildland Fire Module (WFM) managed multiple projects simultaneously in AZ, TX, and NM. WFMs are highly skilled and versatile fire crews that provide expertise in long-term planning, ignitions, holding, prescribed fire preparation and implementation support, hazardous fuels reduction, and fire effects monitoring. With their help, fire fulfills its natural or historic role to meet resource and management objectives and create fire-adapted communities. 2006 NPS Environmental Achievement Awards Recipients of the 2006 NPS Environmental Achievement Awards 2005 NPS Environmental Achievement Awards Recipients of the 2005 NPS Environmental Achievement Awards 2004 NPS Environmental Achievement Awards Recipients of the 2004 NPS Environmental Achievement Awards Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Northern Colorado Plateau Park Waters Pesticides, antibiotics, and personal care products are all being found in streams and rivers. But would you expect to find them in a national park? On the northern Colorado Plateau, scientists found that even in isolated areas, these "contaminants of emerging concern" are not uncommon. Find out what we found where--and how you can help. Ripples in cave water About The Southern Paiute “Paa” ute means water ute, and explains the Southern Paiute preference for living near water sources. The Spanish explorer Escalante kept detailed journals of his travels in the Southwest and made notes concerning Southern Paiute horticulture, writing in 1776, that there were “well dug irrigation ditches” being used to water small fields of corn, pumpkins, squash, and sunflowers. Southern Paiute boy by wickiup shelter. Park Air Profiles - Zion National Park Air quality profile for Zion National Park. Gives park-specific information about air quality and air pollution impacts for Zion NP as well as the studies and monitoring conducted for Zion NP. Welcome sign at Zion National Park SW CA Condor Update - 2017-01 (January) From January 2017: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2015-11 (November) From November 2015: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2015-02 (February) From February 2015: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2014-11 (November) From November 2014: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2015-07 (July) From July 2015: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2016-04 (April) From April 2016: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2014-07 (July) From July 2014 : An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2019-09 (September) An update on the Southwest California Condor Meta-Population for September 2019 from Grand Canyon National Park. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2017-04 (April) An update on the status of the Arizona/ Utah population of the California condor. A condor flying. Zion Lodge/Birch Creek Cultural Landscape Zion Lodge and Birch Creek, though not contiguous, represent one unified phase of development by the historic concessionaire, the Utah Parks Company, within Zion National Park. Construction of the buildings and landscape features within the area began in 1924 and continued through 1937. On a regional scale, the Zion Lodge/Birch Creek cultural landscape is significant for its association with the rise of tourism in southern Utah and northern Arizona. Zion Lodge (NPS) Zion National Park Welcomes New Fire Management Officer Zion National Park Welcomes New Fire Management Officer SW CA Condor Update - 2012-10 (October) From October 2010: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. Wildland Fire in Ponderosa Pine: Western United States This forest community generally exists in areas with annual rainfall of 25 inches or less. Extensive pure stands of this forest type are found in the southwestern U.S., central Washington and Oregon, southern Idaho and the Black Hills of South Dakota. Recently burned ponderosa pine forest. World CA Condor Update - 2018 An update on the world California Condor population for 2018. A close-up of the pink bald head of a California condor with a ruffle of black feathers. World CA Condor Update - 2016 Population Status An update on the world California Condor population for 2016. A close up of the pink bald head of a California condor with a ruffle of black feathers. World CA Condor Update - 2017 An update on the world California Condor population for 2017. A close-up of the pink bald head of a California condor with a ruffle of black feathers. SW CA Condor Update - 2014-03 (March) From March 2014: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2013-10 (October) From October 2013: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW Ca Condor Update - 2013-04 (April) From April 2013: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2013-07 (July) From July 2013: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2018-04 (April) Update on the AZ/UT population of California condors in April of 2018. A condor flying wild and free. World CA Condor Update – 2019 An update on the world California Condor population for 2019. A close-up of the pink bald head of a California condor with a ruffle of black feathers. SW CA Condor Update – 2020-02 An update on the Southwest California Condor Meta-Population for 2019 from Grand Canyon National Park (updated February 2020). A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2012-06 (June) From June 2016: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2012-04 (April) From April 2012: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2012-07 (July) From July 2012: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2011-03 (March) From March 2011: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. Read more A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2011-12 (December) From Decmeber 2011: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2010-12 (December) From December 2010: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2011-11 (November) From November 2011: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2011-07 (July) From July 2011: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. Read more A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2011-01 (January) From January 2011: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2009-11 (November) From November 2009: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2010-03 (March) From March 2010: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2010-05 (May) From May 2010: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2010-10 (October) From October 2010: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. SW CA Condor Update - 2009-07 (July) From July 2009: An update from Grand Canyon National Park on the California Condor recovery program for the Arizona/ Utah population. A condor flying wild and free. Pollinators - Monarch butterfly More than beautiful, monarch butterflies contribute to the health of our planet. While feeding on nectar, they pollinate many types of wildflowers, yet one of the greatest threats to Monarch populations is loss of habitat. A Monarch clings to an orange flower The Adverse Effects of Climate Change on Desert Bighorn Sheep Climate change has and will continue to have a negative impact on the population of desert bighorn sheep. For the remaining herds to survive, management may always be necessary. Protecting wild lands is key to the survival of these amazing animals. Desert bighorn sheep, NPS/Shawn Cigrand What We’re Learning and Why it Matters: Long-Term Monitoring on the Northern Colorado Plateau Knowing which key natural resources are found in the national parks, and whether they're stable or changing, helps decisionmakers make sound choices. The Northern Colorado Plateau Network is building that knowledge. After more than ten years of monitoring, we've learned a lot about park ecosystems, how they're changing, and what they may look like in the days to come. Find out what we’ve learned and how it’s being used to help managers plan for the future. Man stands in a stream, looking down at a handheld gauge. Landbird Population Trends in the Northern Colorado Plateau Network, 2019 Because birds can be sensitive to habitat change, they are good indicators of ecosystem integrity. The Northern Colorado Plateau Network partners with the University of Delaware to assess breeding-bird species trends in three different habitats: low-elevation riparian, pinyon-juniper, and sage shrubland. Find out which species were increasing and declining at network parks as of 2019. Bald eagle Water Quality in the Northern Colorado Plateau Network: Water Years 2016–2018 Once a month, ecologists collect water samples at dozens of monitoring sites in and near ten National Park Service units across Utah and Colorado. This consistent, long-term monitoring helps alert managers to existing and potential problems. Find out the results for 2016-2018 in this brief from the Northern Colorado Plateau Network. A monitoring crew of three samples a clear river flowing over brown rock and sand Invasive Exotic Plant Monitoring in Zion National Park, 2018 Invasive exotic plants are one of the most significant threats to natural resources in the national parks today. To provide early warning of weed invasions, the Northern Colorado Plateau Network monitors target plants in park areas where they are likely to first establish: along roads, trails, and waterways. Find out what we learned at Zion National Park in 2018. Red and white cliffs against a blue sky, green trees and shrubs at lower elevations. Water Quality Trends in Zion National Park, 2006–2016 “Is it safe to go in the water?” It’s a pretty basic question—and a really important one. In Zion National Park, the Northern Colorado Plateau Network helps park managers know the answer. A report examined 10-year trends in water quality in the North Fork Virgin River, North Creek, and La Verkin Creek from 2006 to 2016--and the news was mostly good. Man crouches at edge of La Verkin Creek with sonde and sampling bottles. Grand Canyon National Park Centennial Briefings: California Condor Management During the summer of Grand Canyon National Park’s 2019 centennial, scientists and resource managers briefed fellow staff and the public about how they are helping to enable future generations to enjoy what is special about Grand Canyon. This article is from a transcript of a June 5, 2019 briefing about California condor management in Grand Canyon. Its conversational quality reflects the passion and personalities of the people behind the park. A black bird with its wings out sits perched on a tan rock, with a numbered tag visible on its wing. Series: Grand Canyon National Park Centennial Briefings During the summer of Grand Canyon National Park’s 2019 centennial, scientists and resource managers briefed fellow staff and the public about how they are helping to enable future generations to enjoy what is special about Grand Canyon. Black winged California Condor with a red head sits with its wings spread out. Series: Geologic Time Periods in the Mesozoic Era The Mesozoic Era (251.9 to 66 million years ago) was the "Age of Reptiles." During the Mesozoic, Pangaea began separating into the modern continents, and the modern Rocky Mountains rose. Dinosaurs, crocodiles, and pterosaurs ruled the land and air. As climate changed and rapid plate tectonics resulted in shallow ocean basins, sea levels rose world-wide and seas expanded across the center of North America. fossil dinosaur skull in rock face Series: National Park Service Geodiversity Atlas The servicewide Geodiversity Atlas provides information on <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geoheritage-conservation.htm">geoheritage</a> and <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geodiversity.htm">geodiversity</a> resources and values all across the National Park System to support science-based management and education. The <a href="https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1088/index.htm">NPS Geologic Resources Division</a> and many parks work with National and International <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/park-geology.htm">geoconservation</a> communities to ensure that NPS abiotic resources are managed using the highest standards and best practices available. park scene mountains Series: NPS Environmental Achievement Awards Since 2002, the National Park Service (NPS) has awarded Environmental Achievement (EA) Awards to recognize staff and partners in the area of environmental preservation, protection and stewardship. A vehicle charges at an Electric Vehicle charging station at Thomas Edison National Historical Park Series: Park Uses of Geologic Information Geologic maps are critical to understanding a national park. Park staff use geologic maps for many purposes. These are just a few examples. colorful section of a geologic map of bryce canyon Series: Park Air Profiles Clean air matters for national parks around the country. Photo of clouds above the Grand Canyon, AZ NPS Geodiversity Atlas—Zion National Park, Utah Each park-specific page in the NPS Geodiversity Atlas provides basic information on the significant geologic features and processes occurring in the park. Links to products from Baseline Geologic and Soil Resources Inventories provide access to maps and reports. rock fomations Triassic Period—251.9 to 201.3 MYA The brightly colored Triassic rocks of Petrified Forest National Park yield not only the petrified trees but many other plant and animal fossils. fossil footprint on stone Mesozoic Era The Mesozoic Era (251.9 to 66 million years ago) was the "Age of Reptiles." During the Mesozoic, Pangaea began separating into the modern continents, and the modern Rocky Mountains rose. Dinosaurs, crocodiles, and pterosaurs ruled the land and air. As climate changed and rapid plate tectonics resulted in shallow ocean basins, sea levels rose world-wide and seas expanded across the center of North America. fossil dinosaur skull in rock face Landbird Population Trends in the Northern Colorado Plateau Network, 2020 Because birds can be sensitive to habitat change, they are good indicators of ecosystem integrity. The Northern Colorado Plateau Network partners with the University of Delaware to assess breeding-bird species trends in three different habitats: low-elevation riparian, pinyon-juniper, and sage shrubland. Find out which species were increasing and declining at network parks as of 2020. Small beige bird with black beak and feet, brown back. The Women Naturalists Only two early women park rangers made the transition to park naturalists. Having resigned her permanent ranger position after her marriage, Marguerite Lindsley Arnold returned to Yellowstone National Park under the temporary park ranger (naturalist) title from 1929 to 1931. Yosemite rehired Ranger Enid Michael as temporary naturalist each summer from 1928 to 1942. A handful of other parks hired a few new women under the newly created ranger-naturalist designation. Ranger showing a plant to a visitor Who Wears the Pants Around Here? After a promising start in the early 1920s, only a handful of women were hired as park rangers and naturalists in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the national monuments of the Southwest became the new hot spots for women in uniformed positions in the 1930s. Women in skirts and pants Zero-Emissions Shuttle Buses Join the Zion National Park Fleet Visitors to Zion National Park will soon be able to explore the park by way of their new, battery-electric transit buses. Zion Shuttle Bus at Zion National Park World CA Condor Update – 2020 An update on the world California Condor population for 2020, compiled by our partners at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as of December 31, 2020. A close-up of the pink bald head of a California condor with a ruffle of black feathers. Monitoring From Space: Using Satellite Imagery to Measure Landscape Conditions on the Ground Scientists from the Northern Colorado Plateau Network travel thousands of miles each year to collect data on plants, soils, and water across network parks. But it would be impossible to cover every square inch of the Northern Colorado Plateau with boots on the ground. Instead, we simultaneously monitor the parks with boots in space—satellite data that provide information at a much broader scale. Satellite and Earth in space Localized Drought Impacts on Northern Colorado Plateau Landbirds Birds of the desert southwest, a climate-change hotspot, are among the most vulnerable groups in the US. To help park managers plan for those changes, scientists evaluated the influence of water deficit on landbird communities at 11 national parks in Utah and Colorado. The results will help land managers to focus conservation efforts on places where certain species are most vulnerable to projected climate changes. A man wearing a clipboard looks through binoculars at dawn in field of sagebrush
Zion Information Guide Hiking Guide Shuttle Information Hike Round Trip Location Average Time Elevation Change Description SUMMER SCHEDULE EASY Pa’rus Trail Visitor Center to Canyon Junction 2 hours 3.5 mi / 5.6 km 50 ft / 15 m Paved trail follows the Virgin River from the Visitor Center to Canyon Junction. The Grotto Trail Zion Lodge The Grotto 0.5 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km 35 ft / 11 m This short trail parallels the roadway, connecting the Zion Lodge to the Grotto. It is located behind the shuttle stop. 69 ft / 21 m Leads to the pools below Middle Emerald Pools and the Upper Emerald Pools Trails. May be icy in winter. Lower Emerald Pool 1 hour 1.2 mi / Zion Lodge 1.9 km Riverside Walk Temple of Sinawava National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / 3.5 km 57 ft / 17 m Paved trail follows the Virgin River in a deep canyon. First 0.4 miles is wheelchair accessible but may be sandy. MODERATE Canyon Overlook East side of Zion Tunnel 1 hour 1.0 mi / 1.6 km 163 ft / 50 m Minor drop-offs and handrails. Ends at a viewpoint into lower Zion Canyon. Parking is limited. Watchman Trail Zion Canyon Visitor Center 2 hours 3.3 mi / 5.3 km 368 ft / 112 m Minor drop-offs. Ends at viewpoint of the Towers of the Virgin, lower Zion Canyon, and Springdale. Sand Bench Trail Zion Lodge 4 hours 7.6 mi / 12.2 km 466 ft / 142 m Hike atop a massive landslide under The Sentinel. Minor drop-offs. Commercial horse trail from March to October. Kayenta Trail The Grotto 1.5 hour 2 mi / 3.2 km 150 ft / 46 m Moderate drop-offs. An unpaved climb to the Emerald Pools. Connects the Grotto to the Emerald Pools Trails. Middle Emerald Pool 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / Zion Lodge 150 ft/ 45 m An unpaved climb to a sandstone ledge that parallels the lower trail at a higher elevation. Upper Emerald Pool 1 hour 1 mi / Zion Lodge 200 ft/ 61 m Minor drop-offs. A sandy and rocky trail that climbs to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff. No swimming is allowed. 3.5 km 1.6 km March 13 to May 8 May 9 to September 19 7:15pm 8:15pm Last bus out of the canyon from Temple of Sinawava YOU MUST HAVE A SHUTTLE TICKET TO BOARD THE BUS Tickets are only available online at www.recreation.gov • Masks are required on the shuttle. See COVID-19 Alert on back for details. • Seating has been reduced and no standing is allowed. • Shuttle tickets are non-transferable and photo ID may be required. Riverside Walk Temple of Sinawava 9 CIRCULATOR BUS STOPS Scout Lookout 8 Walter’s Wiggles 6 The Grotto Kayenta Trail Upper Emerald Pools Trail 6 Shuttle Stops 2, 3, 4 and 7 are temporarily out of service 5 No Swimming Middle Emerald Pools Trail No Swimming Zion Canyon Scenic Drive Court of the Patriarchs East Entrance rk No Private Vehicles Virgin River SHUTTLES ONLY Fo HARMFUL ALGAE MAY BE PRESENT: Zion National Park recently experienced a harmful cyanobacteria bloom. The park is conducting regular water quality monitoring and will issue health advisories based off the latest data. Check the Visitor Center or park website for the current conditions and advisories. Do not drink water from the river. Zion Lodge Lower Emerald Pools Trail N o rth Out and back hike. 5 Grotto Trail a il You are responsible for checking weather, water levels, and flash flood potential before attempting. This hike is in the river and subject to dangerous flash floods. CLOSED West Rim Trail ch Tr Up to 8 hrs 334 ft / 9.4 mi / 102 m 15.1km 8 Weeping Rock Angels Landing Be n The Narrows (via Riverside Walk) Temple of Sinawava 9 Big Bend nd Long drop-offs. Not for young children or anyone fearful of heights. • A shuttle ticket does not guarantee parking in the park. The Narrows North Sa 1500 ft/ 457 m • Shuttle tickets are not included in your park entrance fee. • Assigned boarding time for Stop 1 Zion Canyon Visitor Center is on the ticket. STRENUOUS 4 hours 5.4 mi / 8.7 km • Children under 2 who sit on an adult’s lap do not need a ticket. • A ticket is valid only for the date purchased. No Swimming Angels Landing via West Rim Trail The Grotto • Do not return to the Visitor Center until you are done in the canyon for the day. Once you have returned to the Visitor Center your shuttle ticket is expired. Canyon Overlook Trail Canyon Junction No private vehicles beyond the gate KOLOB CANYONS HIKING TRAILS Timber Creek Overlook Trail Kolob Canyons Road 0.5 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km 100 ft/ 30 m Taylor Creek Trail Kolob Canyons Road 3.5 hours 5.0 mi / 8.0 km 450 ft/ 137 m Follows a ridge to views of Timber Creek, Kolob Terrace, and the Pine Valley Mountains. 89 Zion- Maximum 12 people per group. Follows the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek past two homestead cabins to Double Arch Alcove. Museum Mt. Ca rmel Highway No bikes/pedestrians allowed in the tunnel. Nature Center South Campground 1037 ft/ Maximum 12 people per group. Follows Timber amp 316 mC and Cre La Verkin Creek. A sid
Zion Information Guide Hiking Guide National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Shuttle Information Hike Round Trip Location Average Time Elevation Change Description SPRING SCHEDULE EASY Feb 13 to March 7 Weekends Only March 13 to May 8 Daily 5:45pm 7:15pm Last bus out of the canyon from Temple of Sinawava Pa’rus Trail Visitor Center to Canyon Junction 2 hours 3.5 mi / 5.6 km 50 ft / 15 m The Grotto Trail Zion Lodge The Grotto 0.5 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km 35 ft / 11 m This short trail parallels the roadway, connecting the Zion Lodge to the Grotto. It is located behind the shuttle stop. Tickets are only available online at www.recreation.gov 69 ft / 21 m Leads to the pools below Middle Emerald Pools and the Upper Emerald Pools Trails. May be icy in winter. • Seating has been reduced and no standing is allowed. 57 ft / 17 m Paved trail follows the Virgin River in a deep canyon. First 0.4 miles is wheelchair accessible but may be sandy. Lower Emerald Pool 1 hour 1.2 mi / Zion Lodge Paved trail follows the Virgin River from the Visitor Center to Canyon Junction. 1.9 km Riverside Walk Temple of Sinawava 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / 3.5 km YOU MUST HAVE A SHUTTLE TICKET TO BOARD THE BUS • Masks are required on the shuttle. See COVID-19 Alert on back for details. • Do not return to the Visitor Center until you are done in the canyon for the day. Once you have returned to the Visitor Center your shuttle ticket is expired. • Shuttle tickets are non-transferable and photo ID may be required. • Children under 2 who sit on an adult’s lap do not need a ticket. • A ticket is valid only for the date purchased. • Shuttle tickets are not included in your park entrance fee. • Assigned boarding time for Stop 1/ Visitor Center is on the ticket. MODERATE Canyon Overlook East side of Zion Tunnel 1 hour 1.0 mi / 1.6 km 163 ft / 50 m Minor drop-offs and handrails. Ends at a viewpoint into lower Zion Canyon. Parking is limited. Watchman Trail Zion Canyon Visitor Center 2 hours 3.3 mi / 5.3 km 368 ft / 112 m Minor drop-offs. Ends at viewpoint of the Towers of the Virgin, lower Zion Canyon, and Springdale. Sand Bench Trail Zion Lodge 4 hours 7.6 mi / 12.2 km 466 ft / 142 m Hike atop a massive landslide under The Sentinel. Minor drop-offs. Commercial horse trail from March to October. Kayenta Trail The Grotto 1.5 hour 2 mi / 3.2 km 150 ft / 46 m Moderate drop-offs. An unpaved climb to the Emerald Pools. Connects the Grotto to the Emerald Pools Trails. Middle Emerald Pool 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / Zion Lodge 150 ft/ 45 m An unpaved climb to a sandstone ledge that parallels the lower trail at a higher elevation. Upper Emerald Pool 1 hour 1 mi / Zion Lodge 200 ft/ 61 m Minor drop-offs. A sandy and rocky trail that climbs to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff. No swimming is allowed. 3.5 km 1.6 km The Narrows North Riverside Walk Temple of Sinawava 9 CIRCULATOR BUS STOPS Scout Lookout 8 Walter’s Wiggles 1500 ft/ 457 m Long drop-offs. Not for young children or anyone fearful of heights. The Narrows (via Riverside Walk) Temple of Sinawava Up to 8 hrs 334 ft / 9.4 mi / 102 m 15.1km You are responsible for checking weather, water levels, and flash flood potential before attempting. This hike is in the river and subject to dangerous flash floods. 6 The Grotto Kayenta Trail Upper Emerald Pools Trail 6 5 Grotto Trail Zion Lodge Lower Emerald Pools Trail Shuttle Stops 2, 3, 4 and 7 are temporarily out of service 5 No Swimming No Swimming Zion Canyon Scenic Drive Court of the Patriarchs Virgin River East Entrance N o rth Fo rk ch Tr nd Be n No Private Vehicles a il SHUTTLES ONLY Sa HARMFUL ALGAE MAY BE PRESENT: Zion National Park recently experienced a harmful cyanobacteria bloom. The park is conducting regular water quality monitoring and will issue health advisories based off the latest data. Check the Visitor Center or park website for the current conditions and advisories. Do not drink water from the river. CLOSED West Rim Trail Middle Emerald Pools Trail Out and back hike. 8 Weeping Rock Angels Landing STRENUOUS 4 hours 5.4 mi / 8.7 km 9 Big Bend No Swimming Angels Landing via West Rim Trail The Grotto • A shuttle ticket does not guarantee parking in the park. Canyon Overlook Trail Canyon Junction No private vehicles beyond the gate KOLOB CANYONS HIKING TRAILS Taylor Creek Trail Kolob Canyons Road Timber Creek Overlook Trail Kolob Canyons Road Paved road Kolob Arch via La Hiking Trail Verkin Creek Trail Kolob Canyons 2.5 mi Trail mileageRoad 3.5 hours 5.0 mi / 8.0 km 450 ft/ 137 m 0.5 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km 100 ft/ 30 m Maximum 12 people per group. Follows the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek past two homestead cabins to Double Arch Alcove. 89 Zion- Follows a ridge to views of Timber Creek, Kolob Terrace, and the Pine Valley Mountains. Museum N rth Taylor Creek T yl o r C re ek T Midd rai le F ork Exit 40 Kolob Canyons Vis
Zion Information Guide National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Zion Canyon Hiking Guide Hike Round Trip Location Average Time Elevation Change The Narrows Temple of Sinawava Riverside Walk Description EASY Pa’rus Trail Visitor Center to Canyon Junction 2 hours 3.5 mi / 5.6 km 50 ft / 15 m Paved trail follows the Virgin River from the Visitor Center to Canyon Junction. The Grotto Trail Zion Lodge The Grotto 0.5 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km 35 ft / 11 m This short trail parallels the roadway, connecting the Zion Lodge to the Grotto. It is located behind the shuttle stop. 69 ft / 21 m Leads to the pools below Middle Emerald Pools and the Upper Emerald Pools Trails. May be icy in winter. No swimming is allowed. Lower Emerald Pool 1 hour 1.2 mi / Zion Lodge 1.9 km 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / 3.5 km 57 ft / 17 m Walter’s Wiggles No Swimming Grotto Trail Zion Lodge No Swimming 1.6 km 150 ft/ 45 m 3.5 km An unpaved climb to a sandstone ledge that parallels the lower trail at a higher elevation. No swimming is allowed. 1 hour 1.0 mi / 1.6 km 163 ft / 50 m Minor drop-offs and handrails. Ends at a viewpoint into lower Zion Canyon. Parking is limited. Middle Emerald Pool 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / Zion Lodge c Dr e iv n Ri ver n S ce ni gi Minor drop-offs. A sandy and rocky trail that climbs to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff. No swimming is allowed. East Entrance Canyon Overlook Trail Canyo 200 ft/ 61 m Upper Emerald Pool 1 hour 1 mi / Zion Lodge Vir Moderate drop-offs. An unpaved climb to the Emerald Pools. Connects the Grotto to the Emerald Pools Trails. on 150 ft / 46 m Zi 1.5 hour 2 mi / 3.2 km a il Kayenta Trail The Grotto Court of the Patriarchs North Hike atop a massive landslide under The Sentinel. Minor drop-offs. Commercial horse trail from March to October. ch Tr 466 ft / 142 m Be n 4 hours 7.6 mi / 12.2 km No Swimming nd Sand Bench Trail Zion Lodge Middle Emerald Pools Trail Sa Minor drop-offs. Ends at viewpoint of the Towers of the Virgin, lower Zion Canyon, and Springdale. Canyon Overlook East side of Zion Tunnel The Grotto Lower Emerald Pools Trail 368 ft / 112 m CLOSED Kayenta Trail Upper Emerald Pools Trail MODERATE 2 hours 3.3 mi / 5.3 km Weeping Rock Angels Landing West Rim Trail Paved trail follows the Virgin River in a deep canyon. First 0.4 miles is wheelchair accessible but may be sandy. Watchman Trail Zion Canyon Visitor Center Zion Canyon Scenic Drive Big Bend Fork Riverside Walk Temple of Sinawava Scout Lookout Canyon Junction 89 Zion- Museum Mt. Ca rmel Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel Highway Large Vehicle Escort Tunnel times and size restrictions on other side. Pa’rus Trail Museum closed for winter STRENUOUS Angels Landing via West Rim Trail The Grotto 4 hours 5.4 mi / 8.7 km 1500 ft/ 457 m Long drop-offs. Not for young children or anyone fearful of heights. The Narrows (via Riverside Walk) Temple of Sinawava Up to 8 hrs 334 ft / 9.4 mi / 102 m 15.1km HARMFUL ALGAE PRESENT: AVOID RIVER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE You are responsible for checking weather, water levels, and flash flood potential before attempting. This hike is in the river and subject to dangerous flash floods. Out and back hike. No bikes/pedestrians allowed in the tunnel. South Campground Watchman Trail South Entrance Visitor Center Clinic Watchman Campground Lion Blvd LEGEND HARMFUL ALGAE: Avoid the Virgin River and tributaries until further notice. Dangerous cyanobacteria are present. The bacteria produce a neurotoxin that is hazardous to people, especially children, if ingested. It is deadly to dogs. Keep pets away from the river and streams, as well as irrigation ditches. DO NOT LET DOGS DRINK RIVER WATER! Stay on established trails and watch your footing, especially at overlooks and near drop-offs. Avoid cliff edges. Watch children closely. People uncertain about heights should stop if they become uncomfortable. Never throw or roll rocks because there may be hikers below. Hiking Trails Ranger station Drinking water SPRINGDALE Hiking Restrooms Pay Parking Available Biking Picnic area Zion Lodging Wheelchair accessible Cafe Pets (on leash) 9 To 15 Kolob Canyons, St George, and Las Vegas 0 Paved road 2.5 mi Located in the northwest corner of the park off of Interstate 15 via exit 40, the five-mile scenic drive climbs past the spectacular canyons and red rocks of the Kolob Canyons area and ends at the Kolob Canyons Viewpoint. Camp Taylor Exit 40 Kolob Canyons Visitor Center Lee Pass Trailhead Fork Willis Kolob Arch via La Verkin Creek Trail Kolob Canyons Road 8 hours 14 mi / 22.5 km 1037 ft/ Maximum 12 people per group. Follows Timber and La Verkin Creek. A side trail leads to Kolob 316 m Arch, one of the world’s largest arches. Follows a ridge to views of Timber Creek, Kolob Terrace, and the Pine Valley Mountains. re ek Kolob Arch 0.6 mi 0.3 mi La Ver ki n Cr eek Beatty Spring ey 100 ft/ 30 m
Zion Information Guide Shuttle Stops And Zion Canyon Trails Elevation Change Description EASY Pa’rus Trail Visitor Center to Canyon Junction 2 hours 3.5 mi / 5.6 km 50 ft / 15 m The Grotto Trail Zion Lodge The Grotto 0.5 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km 35 ft / 11 m This short trail parallels the roadway, connecting the Zion Lodge to the Grotto. It is located behind the shuttle stop. 69 ft / 21 m Leads to the pools below Middle Emerald Pools and the Upper Emerald Pools Trails. May be icy in winter. 57 ft / 17 m Paved trail follows the Virgin River in a deep canyon. First 0.4 miles is wheelchair accessible but may be sandy. Lower Emerald Pool 1 hour 1.2 mi / Zion Lodge 1.9 km 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / 3.5 km The Narrows North Riverside Walk Paved trail follows the Virgin River from the Visitor Center to Canyon Junction. Scout Lookout 8 Walter’s Wiggles 368 ft / 112 m Minor drop-offs. Ends at viewpoint of the Towers of the Virgin, lower Zion Canyon, and Springdale. Sand Bench Trail Zion Lodge 4 hours 7.6 mi / 12.2 km 466 ft / 142 m Hike atop a massive landslide under The Sentinel. Minor drop-offs. Commercial horse trail from March to October. Kayenta Trail The Grotto 1.5 hour 2 mi / 3.2 km 150 ft / 46 m Moderate drop-offs. An unpaved climb to the Emerald Pools. Connects the Grotto to the Emerald Pools Trails. Middle Emerald Pool 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / Zion Lodge 150 ft/ 45 m An unpaved climb to a sandstone ledge that parallels the lower trail at a higher elevation. Upper Emerald Pool 1 hour 1 mi / Zion Lodge 200 ft/ 61 m Minor drop-offs. A sandy and rocky trail that climbs to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff. No swimming is allowed. 3.5 km 1.6 km The Grotto Kayenta Trail Upper Emerald Pools Trail 6 No Swimming Zion Lodge Lower Emerald Pools Trail Zion Canyon Scenic Drive Court of the Patriarchs SHUTTLES ONLY No Private Vehicles 4 hours 5.4 mi / 8.7 km 1500 ft/ 457 m Long drop-offs. Not for young children or anyone fearful of heights. The Narrows (via Riverside Walk) Temple of Sinawava Up to 8 hrs 334 ft / 9.4 mi / 102 m 15.1km HARMFUL ALGAE PRESENT: AVOID RIVER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE You are responsible for checking weather, water levels, and flash flood potential before attempting. This hike is in the river and subject to dangerous flash floods. Out and back hike. • A ticket is valid only for the date purchased. • The assigned boarding time for Stop 1/ Visitor Center is on the ticket. Mt. Ca rmel Hig hway Large Vehicle Escort Tunnel times and size restrictions on other side. Nature Center Public Parking No bikes/pedestrians allowed in the tunnel. South Campground Watchman Trail South Entrance 1 Visitor Center Clinic Watchman Campground Lion Blvd Paved road open to private vehicles SPRINGDALE Pay Parking Available To: St. George Las Vegas Paved road 15 Camp Hiking Trail 2.5 mi Picnic area Zion Lodging Wheelchair accessible 0 0.5 Kilometer 0.5 Mile C re ek Kolob Canyons To Cedar City, Cedar Breaks NM, and Salt Lake City N rth Taylor Creek Located in the northwest corner of the park off of Interstate 15 via exit 40, the five-mile scenic drive climbs past the spectacular canyons and red rocks of the Kolob Canyons area and ends at the Kolob Canyons Viewpoint. Fo k T yl o r C re ek T Midd rai le F ork Lee Pass Trailhead Fork Pets are prohibited on all trails. Group size limit on wilderness trails is 12 people. Willis 15 Kolob Arch 0.6 mi 0.3 mi k To La Verkin, Springdale and Zion Canyon Visitor Center 1.8 mi 6.4 mi Cr ee Timber Creek Overlook Trail e L a V r ki n C re ek Trai l Cre e k La Ver ki n Cr eek Beatty Spring il Tra 1037 ft/ Maximum 12 people per group. Follows Timber and La Verkin Creek. A side trail leads to Kolob 316 m Arch, one of the world’s largest arches. Biking Trail mileage Tim be r Follows a ridge to views of Timber Creek, Kolob Terrace, and the Pine Valley Mountains. Restrooms ey 8 hours 14 mi / 22.5 km 100 ft/ 30 m Hiking Pets (leashed) Kolob Canyons Visitor Center Maximum 12 people per group. Follows the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek past two homestead cabins to Double Arch Alcove. Drinking water ll Va Kolob Arch via La Verkin Creek Trail Kolob Canyons Road 0.5 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km 450 ft/ 137 m Shuttle Stop Ho p Timber Creek Overlook Trail Kolob Canyons Road 3.5 hours 5.0 mi / 8.0 km Ranger station Cafe Exit 40 Taylor Creek Trail Kolob Canyons Road Circulator Shuttle Route 9 CHECK VISITOR CENTER FOR SHUTTLE SCHEDULE KOLOB CANYONS HIKING TRAILS Tunnel Hiking Trails Main Shuttle Route • Children under 2 who sit on an adult’s lap do not need a ticket. • A shuttle ticket does not guarantee parking in the park. Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel Pa’rus Trail • Do not return to the Visitor Center until you are done in the canyon for the day. Once you have returned to the Visitor Center your shuttle ticket is expired. • Shuttle tickets are not included in your park entrance fee. To: Kan
Zion National Park Official Centennial Newspaper National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior A Century of Sanctuary 1909–2009 Isaac Loren Covington, untitled, 1929, oil on canvas. Collection of Hal Canon and Teresa Jordan This special edition newspaper highlights the last 100 years of events, people, and places of Zion National Park, but the timeline of Zion began much earlier. Humans, who have inhabited southern Utah for over 10,000 years, continue to visit this mysterious canyon. Why? Originally it wasn’t to hike or take pictures, rock climb or rest. Food and water…it was as simple as that. Human survival meant gleaning from the land its scant harvests. Archaic peoples, Ancestral Puebloans, and Southern Paiutes, the latter inhabiting this area for the last several hundred years, had extensive and intuitive knowledge of the plants, animals, and seasons. Homes were temporary brush shelters used for sleeping or to escape the heat. As they observed their surroundings, they knew they could “make a living.” They would hunt, fish, gather, and grow modest crops. Whatever was necessary to ensure their survival was used, but the harvest did not begin until asking and thanking the generous bounty. This ancient way of life is gone now. Today, when traveling through on vacation, our temporary home isn’t a brush shelter but a tent or motel. We graze on granola rather than rice grass. Our water source comes from a tap, not the natural springs in the rocks. We don’t need to forage in order to live. But what may not have changed is a deeply felt, personal experience after we set foot here: the sound of the song of a river; a canyon wren scolding us; the subtle perfumery of sagebrush and juniper; the sight of cliffs that make us think big and feel small. Yet here we stand, mouths agape, eyes wide. What will your harvest be? Joy, relief, excitement, challenge? Unlike our earliest visitors, we come to collect not things but knowledge, not resources but memories, not trophies but satisfaction. Zion National Park has shed its winter whites, brushed off the dry remains of last season’s display, and opened its arms to you. The sun warms the ground. Buds and birds return once more. A quiet liveliness rustles and shuffles through the park. This year is special. We have the chance to reflect on the last century of what it has meant to come to this place. A Century of Sanctuary—1909 to 2009—includes the millions of people who have made their journey to Zion and, in many ways, made their mark. From the initial establishment of Mukuntuweap National Monument in 1909 to this year’s gala packed with events, dedications, and programs; we can know, always, that we have an unchanging landscape to visit. With all the changes in the world, we can take comfort in returning to this spot. We can believe that, even though our personal world may be unsettled, sitting and gazing deep into the soul of this canyon, we might find contentment— we might find peace. John Muir suggests: “Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” May your spirit be renewed and soar as high as the highest cliffs. May this visit to your park be a remarkable experience. To conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations. National Park Service Organic Act 1916 Zion National Park Altar of Sacrifice Superintendent Jock Whitworth Mailing Address Zion National Park Springdale, Utah 84767 Web Site www.nps.gov/zion Park Headquarters 435 772-3256 Fax 435 772-3426 E-mail ZION_park_information@nps.gov Printing made possible by the National Park Foundation. Printed on recycled paper with soy ink. Please recycle again. Special Thanks Robin Hampton, Jacqueline Drake, Holly Baker, Adrienne Fitzgerald, Mike Large, Jennifer Aguayo, Karen Mayne, Ron Terry, Tiffany Taylor, J.L. Crawford, Betsy Ehrlich, and all the staff of Zion National Park, present and past. ZNP 3-24-09 Part of the Towers and Temples of the Virgin, behind the Human History Museum, this distinctive cliff was named for the red iron oxide streaking down its front. The streaking of minerals washed down the cliff confers the appearance of blood on a sacrificial altar. Angels Landing Named by Methodist Minister Frederick Vining Fisher during an excursion up Zion Canyon in 1916. Fisher was accompanied by two Rockville boys acting as guides, Claud Hirschi and Ethelbert Bingham. After Fisher praised the striking presence of the Great White Throne he turned toward what would soon become Angels Landing and stated “The Angels would never land on the throne, but would reverently pause at the foot [of Angels Landing].” believed he was the first Anglo to explore this far up canyon noting, “the narrows… the most wonderful defile [gorge] it has been
Zion National Park National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Wilderness Guide The Official Wilderness Guide of Zion National Park Contents Page 1 Pages 2-3 Pages 4-5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Wilderness Permits Canyoneering & Climbing Zion Wilderness Map Wilderness Backpacking The Zion Narrows Safety & Flash Floods NPS Image/Avery Sloss Welcome to the Zion National Park Wilderness Zion is a spectacular network of colorful canyons, forested mesas, and striking deserts. All of the land within the park boundary is preserved by the National Park Service for the benefit of the public. In addition, a remarkable 84 percent of this extraordinary landscape is preserved as Wilderness. This designation ensures that over 124,000 acres of the park will continue to be a place where nature and its “community of life are untrammeled by man, a place where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” Contact Information Traveling into the Zion Wilderness, even on short trips, can be very challenging and requires careful planning before you begin. Your safety depends on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant observation. Zion Wilderness “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” - 1964 Wilderness Act NPS Image/Rendall Seely On March 30, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 into law designating 124,406 acres of Wilderness in Zion National Park. Eighty-four percent of the acreage of Zion National Park is managed under the 1964 Wilderness Act. In addition to this designation, 153 miles of rivers and streams within Zion National Park are designated as Wild and Scenic and are managed under the requirements of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. Zion Park Information 435 772-3256 E-mail zion_park_information@nps.gov Wilderness Information 435 772-0170 Lost and Found Report at any visitor center Website www.nps.gov/zion Park Emergencies 911 or 435 772-3322 WILDERNESS PERMITS PERMIT FEES HOW TO OBTAIN A WILDERNESS PERMIT GUIDED ACTIVITIES Wilderness Permits are required for all overnight backpacking trips, overnight climbing bivouacs, all through-hikes of The Narrows and its tributaries, all canyons requiring the use of descending gear or ropes, and all trips into Left Fork of North Creek (The Subway). Advanced reservations, lottery applications, and walk-in permits are available for various areas within the Zion Wilderness. Please visit the Zion National Park webpage: www.nps.gov/zion for current reservation, lottery application, and Wilderness Permit information. Fees help cover the costs of issuing permits, patrolling wilderness areas, monitoring park resources, and repairing trails. Please visit the Zion National Park webpage: www.nps.gov/zion for current reservation, lottery application, and/or Wilderness permit fees. Structured and/or formally guided activities facilitated by educational, commercial, or like organizations are authorized to occur only on front country trails. Such activities are not authorized to take place in park Wilderness areas. (Primitive and Pristine Zones). Published 2020 Canyoneering Canyoneering combines route finding, rappelling, problem solving, hiking, and swimming. Zion National Park is one of the premier places in the country to participate in this exciting activity. With dozens of different canyons to explore, some barely wide enough for a human to squeeze through, the park offers opportunities that range from trips for beginners to experiences requiring advanced technical skills. You can help preserve and protect the canyons of Zion for future generations by following these park regulations and Leave No Trace principles. WILDERNESS PERMITS Permits are required for all technical canyoneering trips and all trips into the Left Fork of North Creek (The Subway). Permits must be carried with you and shown upon request. PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE Ensure that your group is self-reliant and aware of the risks involved with canyoneering. Know the current Flash Flood Potential rating. Flash floods in narrow slot canyons can be fatal. If bad weather threatens, do not enter a narrow canyon. Continuously evaluate the weather and adjust plans to keep you and your group safe. Always have a back-up plan. Rescue is not a certainty. Your safety is your responsibility. EXPERIENCE AND ABILITY Everyone in the group should have the proper equipment, skill level, and ability to belay, ascend, create extra friction, and evaluate anchors. Everyone should be prepared to spend additional time, travel after dark, spend the night if necessary, and survive on their own. The group should have a route description, map, compass, and the ability to use them to locate the correct route for your trip. TRAVEL
Southwest Desert Campsites National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Zion National Park April 2009 it h Campsites are assigned when obtaining a backcountry permit. See back for campsite descriptions. Co a lp a sW s Site # Max # 1. . . . . . .6 2. . . . . . .6 3. . . . . . .6 4. . . . . . .6 5. . . . . . .6 6. . . . . .12 5 Coalpits Spring 4 2 lpi ts W a sh Spring Intermittent Stream 1 Chinle Trail Co a 3 State Route 9 Park Boundary Scoggins Wash Stock Trail h Virgin River ns W as Zion National its Wa s h 6 Sc gi og Co a lp Park H e ub r Wash C h in l e Tra il To Virgin To Springdale & park entrance See trailhead description on back Rockville Vir gin R 0 0.5 1 2 Miles ive r The National Park Service does not assume responsibility for information accuracy, precision, or completeness of data as displayed on this map. QTrailhead & Campsite DescriptionsÆ Æ Q Chinle Trailhead Location The trailhead is located of Anasazi Way on a plateau above Springdale and Rockville. Drive west from the park on State Route 9 through Springdale. Turn right onto Anasazi Way, which heads uphill on steep switchbacks. Approximately 500 feet up the road is the first side road on your right. Follow this short road to the parking area and the trailhead. Land between the trailhead parking and park boundary is private; please stay on the designated trail. 1. Temple View Campsite Temple View is just off the Chinle Trail to the south on a small ridge. As the name implies, it has great views of the West Temple and also of Kinesava and Scoggins wash. 2. Scoggins Wash Campsite A short walk off the Chinle trail down a wash to the south will lead you to this site. This site has a great slickrock area that overlooks Scoggins Wash. 3. Yucca Campsite Yucca is located on a nice sandy area just south of the Chinle trail. It sits slightly up on a knoll and is surrounded by desert vegetation. 4. Coal Pits Ridge Campsite This site is located on a ridge just above Coal Pits Wash on the Chinle Trail. It sits among several boulders and has great views, and is only a short walk to Coal Pits Wash where water is available. 5. Coal Pit Wash Campsite This site is located at the junction of Dalton Wash and Coal Pits Wash. It is located on a sandy area surrounded by dark lava rock to the north of the wash. This site is a good location for further explorations, with the junction of the Chinle trail nearby. Water can also be found here. 6. Junction Campsite This site is located at the junction of Scoggins and Coal Pits Wash. It is located on a sandy bench to the west of the drainage with great views of the surrounding mesas. Coalpits Spring Located in an area downstream of the Chinle Trail junction, this spring is on the canyon wall to the west under an overhang. It can become dry in some years so check with Backcountry when making plans. Location: N 37°12'54.0", W 113°04'44.5" Map Datum: WGS 84
Narrows Campsites National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Zion National Park Chamberlain's Ranch Ko p Cr e ek r North F ork Virgin R ive ee lo D k re e bC Go os 1 2 3 4-5 6 e ee Cr k 10 First Narrows 8 Narrow passage around waterfall on south side of river. 7 9 Zion 11 12 Big Springs Site # Max # 1. . . . . . .4 2. . . . . . .4 3. . . . . . .6 4. . . . . . .2 5. . . . . . .6 6. . . . . . 12 . 7. . . . . . 6 8. . . . . . .6 9. . . . . . .6 10. . . . . .6 11. . . . . .4 12. . . . .12 tion Sec s g Lon arrow of N Safe No round hG Hig National Campsites are assigned when obtaining a wilderness permit. See back for campsite descriptions. HIKING TIMETABLE Hours Chamberlain's Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . 0:00 Bulloch's Cabin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:00 First Narrows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:30 Waterfall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:15 Deep Creek. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:00 Kolob Creek. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:45 Goose Creek. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:35 Big Springs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:20 Orderville Canyon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 North End of Riverside Walk. . . . . . 11:50 Temple of Sinawava. . . . . . . . . . . . 12:20 This timetable is approximate. The trip may be done in less time, but allowances have been made for rest stops, picture taking, and slow hikers. Park Track your progress by recognizing side canyons and landmarks. Deep Creek, Kolob Creek, and Big Springs are all fairly obvious, but watch closely for the mouth of Goose Creek--it can be easy to miss. on Or derville C a ny No rth Fo rk Vir gin River Bulloch's Cabin North End of Riverside Walk Hiking the Zion Narrows has inherent risks and you assume complete responsibility for the safety of all members of your group. The National Park Service does not assume responsibility for information accuracy, precision, or completeness of data as displayed on this map. Temple of Sinawava Boundary Streams 0 0.5 1 Scenic Drive 2 Miles Flash Floods The Narrows are potentially hazardous. Know the weather and flash flood potential forecasts before starting your trip. If bad weather threatens, do not enter a narrow canyon. Your decisions and actions regarding your safety are your responsibility. Watch for these indications of a possible flash flood: • Any deterioration in weather conditions • Build up of clouds or sounds of thunder • Sudden changes in water clarity from clear to muddy • Floating debris • Rising water levels or stronger currents • Increasing roar of water up canyon If you observe any of these signs, seek higher ground immediately. Even climbing a few feet may save your life. Remain on high ground until conditions improve. Water levels usually drop within 24 hours. Flash floods do occur in the park during periods of low flash flood potential. A moderate or higher flash flood potential should be a serious cause for concern. Campsite Descriptions 1. Deep Creek At the confluence of Deep Creek. The site is located on the left side of the river. 7. Box Elder A 10 minute walk beyond Kolob Creek. This site is located on the left about 30 feet up on a bench. 2. River Bend A 10-15 minute walk beyond Deep Creek, River Bend is located on the right side of the point of a sharp bench 10 feet above the river. 8. Boulder Camp Across the river from Box Elder, 10 minunte walk beyond Kolob Creek around a sharp bend. The access trail is to the right up slope about 50 feet. 3. Right Bench A 10-15 minute walk from River Bend, this is located on the right hand bench in a stand of maples 20 feet above the river. 9. Left Bench A 10 minute walk beyond Boulder Camp, on the left. Located on a 10-foot bench next to the canyon wall. In a grove of maples. It can be easy to miss. 4. Flat Rock Flat Rock is a 5-10 minute walk beyond Right Bench, located beside a large flat rock next to the river. The site is next to the rock, on a 6 ft high bench next to the canyon wall. 10. West Bend A 5 minute hike from Left Bench. This site is on a high bank located on a western bend. 5.Ringtail A short 5 minute walk beyond Flat Rock, Ringtail is located on a right bench in a sandy area. Just before Kolob Creek. 6.Kolob Creek At the confluence of Kolob Creek. The site is located on the right side, 20 feet above the river on a bench. 11. Spotted Owl This sunny site is located on the left side, immediately after the first stream crossing. It is up a slope 10 feet above the river. 12. High Camp High Camp is a 15-20 minute walk beyond Spotted Owl on a slow, difficult section of the river, 300 yards before Big Spring. The Site is on the left side of the river on a 25 foot high bench in a stand of maple and douglas fir. It can be easy to miss. Big Spring This large water source is located on the right side of the river, below all campsites. There is no high ground down stream, between Big Spring and Orderville. There is little h
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Zion National Park Springdale, Utah 84767 435 772-3256 phone 435 772-3426 fax www.nps.gov/zion Zion National Park Pine Creek Canyon Several access trails have been created by park visitors to enter the upper section of Pine Creek Canyon. Over time those trails have become extremely eroded. In efforts to reduce the erosion in this area, volunteers have worked to identify a single access point into Pine Creek. This trail is made up of a more durable surface and will have less noticeable impact from the numbers of people traveling in the area. Please help minimize erosion and use this route. Pine Creek Canyon Access Point From the parking lot at the tunnel, walk toward the bridges/road. You will see an access trail that will descend into the canyon. Please stay on hardened surfaces! Pine Creek Access Trail EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Zion National Park Springdale, Utah 84767 435 772-3256 phone 435 772-3426 fax www.nps.gov/zion Zion National Park Spry Canyon When exiting Spry Canyon do not traverse to the landslide and descend! This causes excessive erosion. Several efforts have been made by the National Park Service and the canyoneering community to repair this eroded slope. However, even the smallest amount of use causes a huge impact on this delicate slope. To prevent further damage, stay in the rocky boulder field directly below the last rappel. As you scramble through the watercourse (boulder field) you will come to a ledge with a 100 foot drop. Rappel or follow the rocky area until you reach Pine Creek. You can then follow Pine Creek drainage all the way to the bridge and parking area. No! Yes! EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Zion National Park Springdale, UT 84767 435 772-3256 phone 435 772-3426 fax www.nps.gov/zion Keyhole Canyon Access trails into Keyhole Canyon have become extremely eroded. During the fall of 2005, the National Park Service worked with the Zion Canyoneering Coalition to move the Keyhole access trail to erosion resistant slick rock. Historically, there have been two access routes into Keyhole Canyon. The middle access traverses a saddle and drops into the canyon. Once in the bottom of the canyon, canyoneers immediately rappel off a large ponderosa pine. Because of severe erosion, do not use the middle access route. The upper access traverses a slickrock saddle and enters Keyhole Canyon a short distance upstream from the middle access point. Ten minutes and 100 yards of non-technical canyoneering downstream is the first rappel off of the ponderosa pine. Prevent erosion! Use the upper access route, and stay on the slick rock. EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that they may experience our heritage.
c c u r r c x c c u r x r c P E/P/R P/R P E D/P P/R A c c c r r u c u c c r u u c D/P R/P D/P R R R/W W r c c r c c r u E/P c E/P r D/P c u c r u c x u u u c c - c u c x u c - u D/E/R u D/E u E/P E u E/R c A R Thrushes † western bluebird* † mountain bluebird* † Townsend’s solitaire* † Swainson’s thrush † hermit thrush* † American robin* † varied thrush Larks † horned lark r - r u D Swallows † tree swallow* † violet-green swallow* † n. rough-winged swallow* † bank swallow † cliff swallow* † barn swallow c c c r u r c c u u - r c r u r - E/W A R/W R/W D/W D/W c c c c c c c c c c c x c c E/P/R c E/P/R c P x D c D/E/P Chickadees, Titmice & Bushtits † black-capped chickadee* † mountain chickadee* † juniper titmouse* † verdin † bushtit* Mockingbirds & Thrashers † gray catbird † northern mockingbird* † sage thrasher † brown thrasher † crissal thrasher r x x x u - x x x x R r D/P D x R - D/R Starlings † European starling* c c c c D/R u u r u u u r u D s R u R - D/P/R Pipits, Waxwings & Phainopepla † American pipit † Bohemian waxwing † cedar waxwing † phainopepla* x u x - E/R R E/P/R R R E/R P E R E R R R R D/R/E R E R P/R R u c u c r c - R E/R Tanagers † summer tanager* † western tanager* Towhees, Sparrows & Juncos † green-tailed towhee* † spotted towhee* † Abert’s towhee* † rufous-crowned sparrow* † American tree sparrow † chipping sparrow* † Brewer’s sparrow † black-chinned sparrow* † vesper sparrow* † lark sparrow* † black-throated sparrow* † sage sparrow † savannah sparrow † fox sparrow † song sparrow* † Lincoln’s sparrow* † swamp sparrow † white-throated sparrow † Harris’ sparrow † golden-crowned sparrow u c r x c r r c u c r u x c u x r r u c r c r r u u c x x c r - u c r r x c r r c u r r r x c u r r x c r r r r x x x r r r c u r x r D/E/R E/P/R R D/P D/P D/E/P D/E D/P D/E D/R D D/P D D/R R/W D/E/R R D/R D/R D/R † white-crowned sparrow † dark-eyed junco* † chestnut-collard longspur † snow bunting Habitat c c u r c u r u c c u x r x x r x r x Winter † gray jay † Steller’s jay* † western scrub-jay* † pinyon jay* † Clark’s nutcracker † black-billed magpie † American crow † common raven* c c c c r c Kinglets & Gnatcatchers † golden-crowned kinglet † ruby-crowned kinglet † blue-gray gnatcatcher* u c c c u c x c x x u r r Fall c c u r x r c Jays & Crows c c c c r u c † orange-crowned warbler* † Nashville warbler † Virginia’s warbler* † Lucy’s warbler* † yellow warbler* † yellow-rumped warbler* † black-throated gray warbler* † Townsend’s warbler † hermit warbler † Grace’s warbler* † black-and-white warbler † American redstart † ovenbird † northern waterthrush † MacGillivray’s warbler † common yellowthroat* † hooded warbler † Wilson’s warbler † painted redstart † yellow-breasted chat* Summer R P E/R E/R Wrens & Dippers † rock wren* † canyon wren* † Bewick’s wren* † house wren* † winter wren* † marsh wren* † American dipper* u r c c c c c c x x x r u u u r u Warblers Spring - r E u E/P u E u D/E/P Habitat c c r u u u Winter r u c c u u u r Fall † Bell’s vireo* † gray vireo* † plumbeous vireo* † warbling vireo* † red-breasted nuthatch* † white-breasted nuthatch* † pygmy nuthatch* † brown creeper* Summer u c c Vireos r u u u Nuthatches & Creepers Spring E/R R R D/R R E/P/R P/R D/R P/R D D/E Habitat Habitat u u r r Winter Winter u x c r u x r Fall Fall u u c x c u c - Summer Summer u u x c x u u c x r Spring Spring † cordilleran flycatcher* † black phoebe* † eastern phoebe † Say’s phoebe* † vermilion flycatcher † ash-throated flycatcher* † Cassin’s kingbird* † western kingbird* † eastern kingbird † northern shrike † loggerhead shrike National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior r c - c - r c x - r c x A A D P r c u c r r c u c r r u c - R - E/P/R - P/R - P/R R u u r u r c r c r u u x u r c r c r u u r u r r - r R/W r D - R/W - W r E/R - D/R A R R - D/P x u c s u c u s u c s r c s u c s u c u s s x s c s u u u s c c c c D/R Grosbeaks & Buntings † rose-breasted grosbeak † black-headed grosbeak* † blue brosbeak* † Lazuli bunting* † indigo bunting* Do you have an interesting bird sighting? Records are lacking for numerous species. Your observations of uncommon or rare species, or of any birds exhibiting unusual behavior, can provide the National Park Service and the birding community with valuable data. Natural History Observation Cards are available at visitor centers or entrance stations. Below is a checklist of the information needed as a reminder while you’re in the field. Please be specific and accurate on your sighting—do not guess—and thank you! Observation Checklist Species: Blackbirds, Meadowlarks & Orioles † red-winged blackbird* † western meadowlark* † yellow-headed blackbird † rusty blackbird † Brewer’s blackbird* † great-tailed grackle † brown-headed cowbird* † hooded oriole † Bullock’s oriole* † Scott’s oriole Zion National Park Date: Time: Weather: Location
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Zion Zion National Park Mammals Encountering Wildlife Key to this guide Bats (Chiroptera) What wildlife will you see today? Watching animals in their natural environment is one reason we come to national parks. Free-roaming animals contribute to the wildness and uniqueness of Zion National Park. But, we must remember that this is their one and only home. Please treat them with the respect they deserve. Enjoy them from a distance. Animals will protect themselves, their territory, and their young if you get too close. Deer may kick suddenly and cause serious injuries. Turkeys can run at people and hop on cars. Even though it may seem harmless, feeding wild animals causes many problems. Squirrels will bite and carry diseases. Human food often makes animals sick and can even kill them. Most sadly, animals that are fed become less wild, and then something significant has been lost, possibly forever. Abundant: May be seen daily, in suitable habitat and season, and in relatively large numbers. Common: May be seen daily, in suitable habitat and season, but not in large numbers. Uncommon: Likely to be seen monthly in appropriate season and habitat. May be common locally. Rare: Present but seldom observed, usually only seen a few times each year. Unconfirmed: Reports of these species in the park are unconfirmed. Please report sightings with location/date/time, to the visitor center. Photos and GPS coordinates (with datum) are preferred. California Myotis - Myotis californicus: Uncommon, lower elevations. Western Small-footed Myotis - Myotis ciliolabrum: Uncommon, higher elevations. Long-eared Myotis - Myotis evotis: Uncommon, parkwide. Fringed Myotis - Myotis thysanodes: Uncommon, parkwide. Long-legged Myotis - Myotis volans: Uncommon, parkwide. Yuma Myotis - Myotis yumanensis: Uncommon, parkwide, near water. Western Red Bat - Lasiurus blossevillii: Uncommon, migrant, wooded areas. Hoary Bat - Lasiurus cinereus: Uncommon, migrant, wooded areas. Silver-haired Bat - Lasionycteris noctivagans: Uncommon, higher elevations. Viewing wildlife is often best in the morning and evening hours. In Zion’s hot, desert climate many animals are nocturnal or avoid the heat of the day. Slow down, be patient and don’t forget to listen — enjoy your wildlife encounters! Western Pipistrelle - Pipistrellus hesperus: Uncommon, lower elevations. Big Brown Bat - Eptesicus fuscus: Uncommon, lower elevations. Spotted Bat - Euderma maculatum: Uncommon, parkwide. Townsend’s Big-eared Bat - Corynorhinus townsendii: Uncommon, in canyons. Allen’s Big-eared Bat - Idionycteris phyllotis: Uncommon, likely to occur in forested areas. Pallid Bat - Antrozous pallidus: Uncommon, in canyons, lower elevations. Brazilian Free-tailed Bat - Tadarida brasiliensis: Uncommon, canyons to low desert. Big Free-tailed Bat - Nyctinomops macrotis: Uncommon, canyons. Western Red Bat Pika, Rabbits, and Hares (Lagomorpha) American Pika - Ochotona princeps: Rare, high elevation talus. Desert Cottontail - Sylvilagus audubonii: Common, below 5,000 ft elevation. Mountain Cottontail - Sylvilagus nuttallii: Uncommon, above 5,000 ft elevation. Black-tailed Jackrabbit - Lepus californicus: Uncommon, parkwide. Black-tailed Jackrabbit Rodents (Rodentia) Cliff Chipmunk - Neotamias dorsalis: Uncommon, middle elevations, near cliffs. Least Chipmunk - Neotamias minimus: Uncommon, on plateau in shrubby areas. Uinta Chipmunk - Neotamias umbrinus: Uncommon, on plateau in pine-fir zone. Yellow-bellied Marmot - Marmota flaviventris: Uncommon, middle and upper elevations. White-tailed Antelope Squirrel - Ammospermophilus leucurus: Uncommon, lower elevations. Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel Spermophilus lateralis: Uncommon, higher elevations. Rock Squirrel - Spermophilus variegatus: Common, rocky areas, parkwide. Red Squirrel - Tamiasciurus hudsonicus: Uncommon, on plateau in pine-fir zone. Northern Flying Squirrel - Glaucomys sabrinus: Uncommon, higher elevations. Botta’s Pocket Gopher - Thomomys bottae: Uncommon, canyons and lower elevations. Northern Pocket Gopher - Thomomys talpoides: Uncommon, upper elevations. Great Basin Pocket Mouse - Perognathus parvus: Uncommon, middle and upper elevations. Little Pocket Mouse - Perognathus longimembris: Unconfirmed, mid to high elevations. Report sightings; photos helpful. Long-tailed Pocket Mouse - Chaetodipus formosus: Uncommon, lower elevations. Merriam’s Kangaroo Rat - Dipodomys merriami: Uncommon, sandy areas, lower elevations. Chisel-toothed Kangaroo Rat - Dipodomys microps: Unconfirmed, sandy areas, lower elevations. Report sightings; photos helpful. Ord’s Kangaroo Rat - Dipodomys ordii: Uncommon, sandy areas, middle elevations. American Beaver - Castor canadensis: Uncommon, along water courses. Report sightings; photos helpful. Western Harvest Mouse - Reithrodontomys megalotis: Uncommon, parkwide. Brush Mouse - Peromyscus boylii: Uncommon, low and middle elevations. Canyon Mous
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Zion National Park Common Plants The following abbreviations are used to describe where and when certain plants may be found in Zion. Location D= C = T = S = H= R = L = Lower washes, desert, sandy areas Canyons Talus slopes and mesas Slickrock, cliffs Hanging gardens, seeps Riparian (waterways) High Plateaus Blooming season Sp Su F W NF = Spring = Summer = Fall = Winter = No flower Sacred datura, also called Angel’s trumpet - Datura wrightii Located on the Colorado Plateau, but bordering the Basin and Range Province, Zion National Park is home to plants from both regions. Geologic uplift and erosion have resulted in elevations ranging from 3,600 to 8,700 feet. The park’s unique geology has created such diverse enviroments as deserts, canyons, slickrock, hanging gardens, riversides, and high plateaus. This is a sampling of Zion’s nearly 900 plant species. Rose Family (Rosaceae) Apple tree - Malus pumila C, Sp Tamarix Family (Tamaricaceae) Tamarisk or Saltcedar - Tamarix pentandra CR, Sp Su F Willow Family (Salicaceae) Fremont cottonwood - Populus fremontii Quaking aspen - Populus tremuloides Willow - Salix species (9) CSR, Sp SL, Sp CR, Sp Agave Family (Agavaceae) Narrow-leaved yucca - Yucca angustissima Datil yucca - Yucca baccata Utah yucca - Yucca utahensis Barberry Family (Berberidaceae) Creeping hollygrape - Berberis repens Trees Elm Family (Ulmaceae) Netleaf hackberry - Celtis reticulata CL, NF CTSL, NF CTSL, NF SL, NF CSL, NF Bright red bark and thick, smooth leaves help to identify Manzanita Arctostaphylos. Its name, which means “small apple” in Spanish, comes from the appearance of its fruits. Shrubs Introduced (Non-native) Species = Birch Family (Betulaceae) Water/River birch - Betula occidentalis Pine Family (Pinaceae) White fir - Abies concolor Piñon/nut pine - Pinus edulis Singleleaf pinyon - Pinus monophylla Ponderosa pine - Pinus ponderosa Douglas fir - Pseudotsuga menziesii CR, Sp CT, Sp Juniper or Cypress Family (Cupressaceae) Arizona cypress - Cupressaceae glabra Utah juniper - Juniperus osteosperma Rocky Mountain juniper - Juniperus scopulorum C, NF DTSL, NF TRL, NF Maple Family (Aceraceae) Bigtooth maple - Acer grandidentatum Boxelder - Acer negundo CSL, Sp CSR, Sp Oak Family (Fagaceae) Gambel oak - Quercus gambelii Shrub live oak - Quercus turbinella Wavyleaf oak - Quercus undulata CTSL, Sp DCTS, Sp C, Sp Olive Family (Oleaceae) Singleleaf ash - Fraxinus anomala Velvet ash - Fraxinus velutina CTS, Sp CR, Sp Paradise Tree Family (Simaroubaceae) Tree of heaven - Ailanthus altissima C, Sp Su Pea Family (Fabaceae) New Mexico locust - Robinia neomexicana Black locust - Robinia pseudoacacia C, Sp C, Sp DCTSL, Sp DCT, Sp DCTSL, Sp CL, Sp Cashew/Sumac Family (Anacardiaceae) Smooth sumac - Rhus glabra Poison ivy - Rhus radicans Squawbush/threeleaf sumac - Rhus trilobata DCT, Sp CHR, Sp Su DCT, Sp Composite Family (Asteraceae) Old man sagebrush - Artemisia filifolia Big sagebrush - Artemisia tridentata Waterwillow - Baccharis emoryi Rabbitbrush - Chrysothamnus species (13) Broom Snakeweed - Gutierrezia sarothrae Bush encelia - Encelia frutescens virginensis DCT, Sp F DCL, F CR, F DC, F DCT, F DT, Su Dogwood Family (Cornaceae) Red-osier dogwood - Cornus stolonifera L, Sp Goosefoot Family (Chenopodiaceae) Four-wing saltbush - Atriplex canescens Shadscale - Atriplex confertifolia DC, Sp DT, Sp Grape Family (Vitaceae) Canyon wild grape - Vitis arizonica Mint Family (Lamiaceae) Dorr’s sage - Salvia dorrii CDT, Sp Oleaster Family (Elaeagnaceae) Russian olive - Elaeagnus angustifolia Roundleaf buffaloberry - Shepherdia rotundifolia CR, Sp DT, W Pea Family (Fabaceae) Indigobush/Desert beauty - Dalea fremontii D, Sp Potato Family (Solanaceae) Wolfberry/Tomatilla - Lycium pallidum DC, Sp Rose Family (Rosaceae) Saskatoon serviceberry - Amelanchier alnifolia Utah serviceberry - Amelanchier utahensis Mountain-mahogany - Cercocarpus species (3) Blackbrush - Coleogyne ramosissimum Western chokecherry - Prunus virginiana Cliffrose - Purshia mexicana Antelope bitterbrush - Purshia tridentata Wood’s wild rose - Rosa woodsii CL, Sp CTL, Sp S, Sp DC, Sp L, Sp DCTS, Sp CTL, Sp CRL, Su Silk-Tassel Family (Garryaceae) Silk-tassel bush - Garrya flavescens C, W CR, Sp Cacti Heath Family (Ericaceae) Manzanita - Arctostaphylos species (2) TSL, W Sp Honeysuckle Family (Caprifioliaceae) Elderberry - Sambucus caerulea Mountain snowberry - Symphoricarpos oreophilus L, Su CL, Sp Su Joint-Fir Family (Ephedraceae) Indian/Mormon tea - Ephedra viridis DCT, NF Cactus Family (Cactaceae) Purple torch - Echinocereus engelmannii Claret cup - Echinocereus triglochidiatus Pancake pricklypear - Opuntia chlorotica Common pricklypear - Opuntia erinacea Twist-spine pricklypear -Opuntia macrorhiza Large pricklypear - Opuntia phaeacantha Cholla - Opuntia species (3) CD, Sp DTS, Sp DCT, Sp Su DCT, Sp Su DCT, Sp Su DCT, Sp Su CD, Su
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Zion Zion National Park Reptiles and Amphibians Terrestrial Gartersnake and Canyon Treefrog Key to this guide Measurements: Measurements are from snout to vent for amphibians and lizards (tail length not included). † Threatened or endangered species. Western Chuckwalla Amphibians Tiger Salamander - Ambystoma tigrinum: 3-6.5” large stocky salamander. Yellow to dark olive spots/ blotches with irregular edges on dark ground color. Great Basin Spadefoot - Spea intermontanus: 1.5-2.5” hourglass marking of gray or olive on back set off by ash-gray streaks. Pupils are vertical. Spade on hind foot wedge-shaped. Arizona Toad - Bufo microscaphus: 2-3.25” green-gray, brown colored with light V-shaped stripe across head. Warts red to brown (also called Southwestern Toad). Red-spotted Toad - Bufo punctatus: 1.5-3” small toad with flattened head and pointed snout; Light gray to reddish brown with red/orange warts. Woodhouse’s Toad - Bufo woodhousii: 1.25-5” gray, brown, or olive above with whitish dorsal stripe down middle of back; warts light. Unconfirmed native - Please report sightings; photos helpful. Canyon Treefrog - Hyla arenicolor: 1.25-2.25”; brown, gray, or olive frog, normally without eyestripe; very faint pattern of dark patches on back. Suction discs on toes. Northern Leopard Frog - Rana pipiens: 2-4.4”; greenish/brown frog with well defined rounded pale bordered, dark spots; white stripe on upper jaw. Canyon Treefrog Lizards Collared Lizard Snakes Great Basin Gopher Snake Tortoise Western Banded Gecko - Coleonyx variegatus: 2-3”; fragile appearance, large eyes with vertical pupils, cream colored with dark crossbands. Common Chuckwalla - Sauromalus ater: 5.5-8”; large, flat, dark bodied. Loose folds of skin on neck and sides; may have dark or light cross bands on body; blunt tail with broad base. Great Basin Collared Lizard - Crotaphytus bicinctores: 3-4.25”; tail up to twice the length of the body; two black bands on shoulder and neck; overall color is olive-brown to green. Long-nosed Leopard Lizard - Gambelia wislizenii: 3.25-5.75”; gray-brown color with dusky brown spots; whitish lines across back and tail. Gravid (pregnant) females have bright orange spots. Zebra-tailed Lizard - Callisaurus draconoides: 2.5-4”; ear openings present. Underside of tail with black bars. Belly markings at midpoint of body. Desert Spiny Lizard - Sceloporus magister: 3.255.5”; stout, strong looking lizard; gray to brown mottled with yellow, green, brown, and metallic blue; black shoulder markings. Plateau Lizard - Sceloporus tristichus: 1.6-3.25”; Plain gray to brown with yellow to green blotches; may be some blue on throat. One of the most frequently seen lizards in Zion. (Note: taxonomy is unstable; sometimes listed as a subspecies of Sceloporus elongatus.) Common Sagebrush Lizard - Sceloporus graciosus: 1.8-2.6”; very similar to plateau lizard but slightly smaller and darker. Side-blotched Lizard - Uta stansburiana: 1.5-2.3”; overall gray to brown color with black “armpit.” In spring, males with variable flecking on sides and back. Ornate Tree Lizard - Urosaurus ornatus: 1.52.25”; gray to brown overall with strip of enlarged scales down center of back. Desert Horned Lizard - Phrynosoma platyrhinos: 2.5-3.75”; similar to short-horned but has long head spines and is found at low elevations. Greater Short-horned Lizard - Phrynosoma hernandesi: 1.75-4.25”; broad, flat body; short tail; short horns or spine on back of head; irregular dark and light markings; high elevation. Western Skink - Eumeces skiltonianus: 2.1-3.75”; body long and rounded; shiny appearance; body cream to light brown with dark stripe down each side and lighter stripe down back; tail bright blue in young, fading with age. Plateau Spotted Whiptail - Cnemidophorus innotatus: 2.5-3.5”; slender body; tail about twice the length of the body; well defined dark and light stripes down back. Western Whiptail - Cnemidophorus tigris: 2.254.5”; very long and streamlined; generally gray to brown with mottled black or brown blotches on back and sides; adults with orange tent on lower back and base of tail; tail about twice the length of the body. Gila Monster - Heloderma suspectum: 9-14”; swollen, dorsal bead-like tail. Gaudy pattern of pink, black, orange, and yellow. Ring-necked Snake - Diadophis punctatus: 8-30”; olive above; yellow-orange below; no ring around neck. Coachwhip - Masticophis flagellum: 36-72”; slender; pinkish (may be tan/light brown) with faint crossbands down back, those on neck much darker. Striped Whipsnake - Masticophis taeniatus: 36-72”; slender; black to brown back with four narrow stripes running length of body. Western Patch-nosed Snake - Salvadora hexalepis: 20-46”; light tan/ground colored with wide brown-black stripe running length of each side. Gophersnake - Pituophis catenifer: 36-72”; yellow-gray to red-brown; dark brown-black blotches down back; dark line from eye to eye. Co

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