Zion

 

Zion National Park is one of the most well-known national parks in the entire world. This gem of the US national park system has something to offer for adventurers of all abilities and ambitions, from informative shuttle rides in Zion Canyon and short, easy hikes all the way up to big wall climbing and technical canyoneering in water-filled slot canyons. There is no lack of tourist infrastructure in the area, which contributes to high visitor numbers.

Part of the Grand Staircase region of the Colorado Plateau, Zion is characterized by deep canyons and high tablelands. There is also no lack of tributary canyons which offer miles and miles of relatively untraveled territory for the adventuresome visitors, as well as moderate day-hikes that offer high, expansive views from above, such as Angel’s Landing or Observation Point. The Kolob canyons in the far northwestern corner of the park see less visitation, but are no less spectacular than the main canyon. Probably the most notable animal inhabitant of Zion is the endangered California Condor. This species, the largest raptor in North America, uses the area for nesting sites in its long, difficult battle against extinction.