Zion and Bryce Canyon

Zion Canyon

Zion Canyon

 

Utah is fortunate to have so much open space and amazing sites to see.  It contains five National Parks: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, CapitolReef and the great Zion.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

 

Zion is Utah’s oldest and most popular of the state’s National Parks and encompasses 229 square miles of land, set aside in 1919.  The main attraction is the 15 mile canyon cut into the tan Navajo Sandstone, by the the Virgin River.  For overnight camping, Zion has three sites; South and Watchman in Zion Canyon and Lava Point on the Kolob Terrace Road.  For full service accommodations there is the Zion Lodge.  Originally built in 1924 and rebuilt after a fire in 1966, the Lodge is another fine example of Parkitecture.

Watchman Peak and Virgin River.  ZIon National Park. Image courtesy of CNaene / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Watchman Peak and Virgin River. Zion National Park. Image courtesy of CNaene / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Bryce Canyon National Park was founded in 1928 and is best know for the hoodoos.  For camping it has two campgrounds; North and Sunset.  Likewise is too has a historic hotel, the Bryce Canyon Lodge.

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