zion national park

Loving Our Lands: What Did Summer Do To Our Lands?

Sep 11, 2018
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Zion National Park is now the third most visited National Park in the United States, bringing in 4.5 million visitors a year – an increase of 60 percent of visitation over the past three years.

Zion National Park entrance.
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Zion National Park is planning to overhaul its main entrance to help ease long lines of cars that can stretch back for miles.

The National Park Service is proposing changes that include increasing the number of visitor-entry lanes and creating a short-term visitor pull-out area.

Zion Bighorn Sheep Herd Infected With Pneumonia

Aug 7, 2018
Bighorn Sheep: Some Zion National Park sheep have contracted pneumonia.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

 


 

A few bighorn sheep in the Zions National Park herd have been diagnosed with a sheep-specific strain of pneumonia. While the number of infected sheep is currently less than 10, that number could change every day and two sheep have already been euthanized for testing.

Peregrine Falcon Nest
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Zion National Park in Utah has reopened popular rock-climbing routes after peregrine falcons finished their nesting season on the cliffs.

Park rangers say four juvenile falcons were raised successfully, two on Tunnel Wall and two on Angels Landing. Another nest and breeding pair were detected, but biologists did not record any successful offspring.

Bighorn in Zion National Park
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Zion National Park visitors are being asked to alert wildlife biologists if they encounter bighorn sheep coughing a lot.

Excessive coughing is a symptom of pneumonia and park officials and the state Division of Wildlife Resources said Tuesday that a bacterium commonly associated with pneumonia was found July 20 in a bighorn sheep ewe.

Zion National Park Trail
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Authorities say several popular trails at Zion National Park have been closed indefinitely by damage due to flash flooding.

Park rangers said Thursday the trail closures at the red-rock park include Angels Landing, Kayenta and Upper Emerald Pools.

Maynard
Thunderbird Foundation For The Arts

 

Maynard Dixon was a successful western artist, known for his impressionistic works featuring southern Utah and Arizona landscapes. In 1939 he left his home in San Francisco for Mount Carmel, Utah - a small town settlement bordered by national parks and public lands.

Ultimately the National Park Service built a trail to the desired vantage point.
Clément Bardot

My family hosted Japanese exchange students when I was in high school. As a result, I have a bunch of Japanese sisters, one of which is a mountaineer, gear-tester, and all-around outdoorswoman. She loves hot springs and wanted to know which natural hot springs in Utah were good to visit. So I set off to find out. 

2 Hikers Injured After Rock Fall In Zion National Park
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A popular trail at Zion National Park is closed after two people were hurt in a rock fall.

Park ranger John Marciano says one person suffered serious leg injuries in the Sunday-afternoon rock fall on the trail that leads to the iconic Narrows hike.

Zion National Park sees huge amounts of visitors for Memorial Day weekend.
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More than 30,000 people crowded to Zion National Park in a single day over Memorial Day weekend as the iconic red-rock landscape at the already crowded park remains highly popular.

Some visitors waited an hour and a half to ride the shuttle in the popular park. Visitation Zion has spiked by 60 percent increase over the last decade, and most people crowd to Zion Canyon, a 6-mile corridor along the Virgin River.

Zion National Park expects delays from record breaking visitors.
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U.S. officials say they're expecting record numbers of visitors to southern Utah's Zion National Park this holiday weekend that could have people waiting more than 45 minutes to enter the park and board shuttles.

The National Park Service says Memorial Day weekend is their busiest of the year at Zion.

Zion National Park site of vandalism
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Officials say a vandal turned himself in after receiving backlash on social media for defacing a rock at a popular hiking spot in Zion National Park.

Authorities say the visitor wrote his Instagram username on a rock at Angels Landing in the southwestern Utah park.

Spring’s Gifts on Wild About Utah

May 4, 2018
Glacier lily
US Forest Service

I doubt there was a song left unsung as I worked my way up Birch Canyon early am. Testosterone laden birds filled the morning with delight. Robins, finches, meadowlarks, song sparrows- what a marvelous symphony! I breathed deeply to fully absorb air filled with titillating odors from last night’s gentle spring rain- nature’s perfume, free and priceless.

A group of residents living in a community near southern Utah's Zion National Park are concerned about a proposed plan to pave and widen a local road. Washington County and Utah Department of Transportation officials are holding an information meeting about the plan on Friday and predict it will be greeted by protestors.

Climbing Cliffs at Zion will be closed temporarily.
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Zion National Park in Utah is closing access to 13 popular rock-climbing cliffs as part of an annual effort to protect sensitive nesting sites for peregrine falcons.

The National Park Service officials announced this week that climbing routes will close March 1 while wildlife biologists to monitor nesting activity of the formerly endangered raptors.

Jenny Eberlein / National Park Service

If you see one, especially up close, you always remember it.  They have featherless orange-pink faces and their massive wings span nine feet.  Iconic and intimidating, there is no forgetting the critically endangered California Condor.

Angel's Landing trail at Zion, where a teen Utah girl died from a fall.
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Zion National Park officials say a 13-year-old girl has fallen to her death from a popular narrow trail bordered by steep drops.

Zion park ranger John Marciano said Tuesday the Utah girl was hiking with family when she tumbled from the Angel's Landing Trail Monday evening.

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Authorities say a poacher killed a pregnant elk inside Zion National Park during the government shutdown.

The National Park Service and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are investigating the incident, which is estimated to have happened on or about Saturday.

Zion National Park reported record number of visitors in 2017.
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Both Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks have reported a record number of visitors for 2017.

Zion National Park saw more than 4.5 million visitors last year, which is up 5 percent from 2016. While Bryce Canyon National Park recorded 2.6 million visitors — a 9-percent increase.

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A new electric bus has been added to Zion National Park's transportation fleet as part of a three-month pilot program to determine the feasibility of electric shuttle buses.

The bus was added this month, with officials eyeing a looming overhaul of the park's busing system.

midwestfun.org

The sweeping red-rock vistas at Utah's Zion National Park are increasingly filled with a bumper crop of visitors.

Now park managers are weighing an unusual step to manage the tide: Requiring tourists to make RSVPs to get in.

Zionpark.org

According to National Park Service figures, Zion National Park saw 4.3 million visitors last year, up more than a million since 2014. As the number of yearly visitors continues to climb, the funding has stayed mostly the same, and would see an 8 percent cut under President Trump’s budget plan.

Chris Holmes

  Monday morning, the stunning red rock vistas of Zion National Park served as a backdrop for the start of the Tour of Utah, which touts itself as America’s toughest stage, road cycling race.  After eighty-four grueling miles, stage one ended with a bang-bang finish in Cedar City.