Zion in Winter
Photograph by Keith Ladzinski, National Geographic Creative
Winters in Zion are fairly mild—and often dazzling. Much of the park remains accessible even after snows begin in late fall.
Lower Emerald Pool
Photograph by Mladen Antonov, AFP/Getty
Water drops from a rock wall into Lower Emerald Pool, a popular spot along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive for sightseeing.
Photograph by Lex Nichols, Alamy
Rising in Utah’s high plateau country, the Virgin River carves its way through Zion Canyon to the desert below. As the canyon widens, the river runs a gantlet of great palisade walls rimmed with slickrock peaks and hanging valleys.
Photograph by Mark Lisk, Alamy
More than 150 ancient depictions on rock walls in Zion National Park give Petroglyph Canyon its name. Most of the images were made by pecking—chipping away the rock with a hammerstone.
Photograph by Bill Hatcher
Canyoneers flock to Zion National Park, ready to scramble, jump, rappel, and climb their way to new heights—and lows. Traversing the park’s rugged canyon walls requires deft maneuvering, fancy footwork, and nerves of steel.
Photograph by Joel Addams, Getty
Experienced hikers flock to the Subway, a canyon that runs through the Left Fork of North Creek at Zion National Park. Be ready to get wet and dirty—both routes require crossing streams, scrambling over slippery boulders, and climbing steep ascents.
Backpacking in Zion
Photograph by Charles Peterson, Getty
A trekker hoists his backpack over his head while crossing a river in Zion National Park. The park's extensive trail system—a wide range of choices from walks of half an hour to backpacking trips lasting for days—draws hikers.
Photograph by Barbara Jordan, Getty
Stealthy inhabitants of Zion National Park, mountain lions are solitary animals that prefer remote, dry areas with deep canyons and steep cliffs. The cat's long, graceful tail helps it keep its balance while stalking, running, leaping, and climbing.
Photograph by Mike Large, National Park Service
Snowy Mount Spry is named after Englishman William Spry, who converted to Mormonism after immigrating to the United States as a young boy. He also served as the third governor of Utah from 1909 to 1917 and held a variety of public offices.
Hiking in Zion
Photograph by Rich Wheater, Getty
A woman works her way across a rocky riverbed in Springdale, Utah. Originally founded as a Mormon farming community, Springdale now serves as “the Gateway to Zion National Park.”
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