Zion National Park Facts



Interesting Facts about Zion National Park

1. Interesting fact: The word "Zion" is Hebrew. It means "a place of peace and relaxation."

2. Fun fact: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" was filmed at the ghost town of Grafton near Zion.

3. Cool fact: Endangered California condors and peregrine falcons are among the 288 bird species seen in Zion.

4. At its dedication July 4,1930, the Zion-Mt. Carmel tunnel was the world's longest at 1.1 mile.

5. Interesting fact: Kolob Arch in Zion's backcountry is one of the word's largest freestanding natural arches. It measures about 287 feet in length.

6. Weird fact: Some of Zion's many canyons are so well hidden that early surveyors missed a few that were twenty miles long.

7. Zion has over 900 species of plant groupings, one of the most diverse in Utah.

8. Fun fact: Zion's Virgin River has four native fish species: Virgin River Spinedace, Speckled Dace, Flannelmouth Sucker, and Desert Sucker.

9. Cool fact: In March 2009, over 124,000 acres of Zion were declared wilderness, which means they are even more protected against any future development.

10. Weird fact: At Weeping Rock, the water that emerges took 1,000 years to travel through the rock from a spring.

11. Humans have been around Zion Canyon for at least 8,000 years.

12. The Olympic Torch passed through Zion on its way to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Games.

Things to See in Zion National Park

  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Kolob Arch
  • Weeping Rock
  • Pa'rus Trail

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