Monday, September 2, 2013
Zion National Park
Postcard US-2387594 came from the neighboring Utah with a splendid view of the Zion National Park. The Park is famous for the 24 km long and 800 m deep Zion Canyon, formed by the Virgin River cutting through the reddish Navajo Sandstone. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the Park has many geological features such as mountains, rivers, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, and natural arches. The Park offers unique bio-diversity as it consists of four distinct habitats: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. It was designated as a National Park on November 19, 1919.
Zion National Park is about 258 km or 160 miles from Las Vegas. Therefore you can visit for a day trip by car. For overnight stays, Zion Lodge, operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts, is located inside the Park. Other hotels are available in nearby Springdale, UT. For camping information, visit Campgrounds in Zion at the National Park Service's web site.