While staying at the Zion RV & Campground you are most likely here to visit one of the 6 parks within a short drive away from our property. Our campground borders the east entrance to Zion National Park, but we are centrally located near all of Southwestern Utah’s natural wonders.
ZION NATIONAL PARK:
Zion is a sanctuary and feeling that will not quite fit inside your camera. In 2009 Zion was rated as America’s #1 National Park by Trip Advisor. What does this mean, well, simply it’s magical! Zion National Park is located in southwest Utah and was designated as the state’s first national park in 1919. Zion National Park is a series of deep canyons and dramatic cliffs that were carved by Virgin River and other tributaries. The park is is nearly 230 square miles and is approximately 30 miles long and 15 miles across at it’s widest point. Zion National Park is the oldest and certainly the most popular national park in Utah. Ancestral Puebloan people inhabited the Canyon and in more recent times a small band of the Paiute tribe called the canyon “Mukuntuweap”. Early Mormon settlers (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) were inspired by this narrow maze of sandstone canyons and gave it the name Zion, meaning “the heavenly city of God” or “a place of refuge.”
Protected within the borders of Zion National Park are rough areas of breathtaking natural beauty. The canyon is a dramatic landscape of sculptured formations and soaring cliffs.
ZION NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCE FEES:
- $20.00 Single Vehicle Entry Valid at Zion National Park for 7 days.
- $10.00 Pedestrian/Bike Entry for 7 days. Not to exceed $20.00 per family.
There are size restrictions on vehicles (mostly large RV’s or trailers) traveling through the 1.1-mile (1.7 km) tunnel on the Zion National Park – Mt. Carmel Highway (SR9). The tunnel height at its east entrance is 11 feet 4 inches (3.5 m). A $10 fee may be required for escort service for large vehicles through the narrow tunnel. Parking of large vehicles is regulated in various locations throughout the Park during the summer
Bryce is located about an hour North of Zion Mountain Ranch. Depending on the season you can enjoy many activities near the park – such as rodeos, chuck wagon rides and entertainment, horseback riding, helicopter rides, etc.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK:
While not the deepest canyon in the world, the enormity of the Grand Canyon is certainly impressive. It is also hailed as one of the most spectacular examples of erosion in the world. The Grand Canyon is an excellent place for those looking for a rigorous hike, because all of the trails are difficult. Many take 1-2 days to complete.
GRAND STAIRCASE NATIONAL MONUMENT:
The name “Grand Staircase” refers to a series of cliffs and plateaus that rise from the Grand Canyon, beyond Bryce Canyon National Park to the Aquarius Plateau. The rugged deep maze of canyons, plains, and plateaus is located along Scenic Byway 12.
LAKE POWELL NATIONAL RECREATION AREA:
Lake Powell is actually the most popular attraction inside of Glen Canyon. The lake is man-made and is a great place to go fishing, boating or swimming. Over 20 million people in the Southwestern United States depend on the lake for their water supply and economic well-being.
Other nearby attractions are:
• Cedar Breaks National Monument
• Coral Pink Sand Dunes State park
• Sand Hollow and Quail Lake Reservoirs
• Snow Canyon State Park