National Park Vacations
Zion National Park Vacation Packages
It's the slot canyon that all other slot canyons are compared to: Zion National Park's Virgin River Narrows, ranked 5th out of America's best 100 adventures by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Here, sheer sandstone walls close in around you, stretching so far into the sky that barely a drop of sunlight reaches the floor of the canyon. The Virgin River, with "the look of a creek and the muscle of the Colorado," flows around you. The river, your guide explains, almost single handedly carved the profound rock gorge of Zion Canyon. It began its carving more than 13 million years ago and continues its work today.
Austin Adventures' Zion National Park Tours:
|Utah | Bryce/Zion
Bryce/Zion Tours - Nowhere else in the world will you find as concentrated a collection of wind-swept rock formations, river-carved slot canyons and scenic sandstone switchbacks than in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. Read More >
|Utah Family| Bryce/Zion
Utah Family Vacations - Explore nature’s playground of desert canyons and sand castles on this six-day family-friendly adventure through the spectacular wind-swept rock terrain of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. Read More >
Did You Know…
- Zion National Park celebrated a "Century of Sanctuary" in 2009. Zion was set aside as Mukuntuweap National Monument by President William Howard Taft on July 31, 1909.
- Kolob Arch, located deep in the backcountry of Zion National Park, is one of the largest freestanding arches in the world.
- At approximately 2:00 am, April 12, 1995, a naturally occurring landslide blocked the Virgin River in Zion Canyon about ½ mile north of the main park road trapping 430 people at Zion Lodge. It took 22 hours to cut an emergency detour road from the east wall of the canyon. Despite regular occurrences no one has ever been killed by a rock fall in the history of Zion National Park.
- The bottom layer of rock at Bryce Canyon is the top layer at Zion, and the bottom layer at Zion is the top layer at the Grand Canyon representing a geological range dating from 65 to over 500 million years ago.
- Zion, a Hebrew word meaning “a place of peace and relaxation,” was given to the canyon by Mormon Pioneers in the 1860s. Kolob, in Mormon theology, is a heavenly place close to God.