The first things that come to my mind when I hear of Utah are snow and its national parks. There are so many of them that one needs to take many days off to visit them all. Utah is proud to say it has the best snow in the country – I have never had the opportunity to try it – and between national & state parks, monuments and views that look like they came out of a Hollywood movie, the state is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor adventures.
The state’s five national parks, known as The Mighty 5, are: Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. I had the chance to visit the two last ones but it was Zion that I fell in love with and where I made what I consider to be the best hike of my life (so far).
This post was made to share some quick facts about this park, and it is also an attempt to encourage more people to visit it! You can be sure that you can not help but fall in love with the place!
1 – It was the first Utah National Park
2 – On November 19 1919, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill into law establishing Zion National Park
3 – The Kolob Arch is one of the world’s largest arches at a little over 287 feet long
4 – Zion is a climbers’ paradise! 2,000-foot sandstonecliffs are world renowned for their big wall climbs
5 – More than 2.5 million people visit the park annually
6 – The word Zion comes from Hebrew and means “place of peace and relaxation”
7 – Some of the many canyons of Zion are so well hidden that the first people to map the park missed some that are up to twenty miles long