Lakes & Rivers

Lake Powell lets adventurers explore the almost 2,000 miles of shoreline that includes steep, colorful canyon walls as well as isolated beaches. Flaming Gorge Lake also offers water enthusiasts miles of lakeshore is a stunning canyon and forest setting.

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Notable Western Rivers

The Colorado River is the father of all western rivers, draining the Colorado River Basin from Canada to Mexico.

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Virgin & Santa Clara Rivers

Zion is characterized by the flows of the Virgin & Santa Clara Rivers.

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Lakes Worth a Sidetrip

Awe-inspiring lakes outside of Zion National park are worth a side trip for visitors wanting exceptional hiking trails, photography and wildlife viewing.

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The Many Lakes of Utah

Many of the bodies of water are stocked with trout and abound with large-mouth bass, an invasive species that nevertheless is a favorite of fishermen. But lakes attract people for far more than fishing. Boating, sailing, houseboating, waterskiing, swimming and sunbathing are all popular.

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Zion Must-Sees

The Zion National Park shuttle buses make stops at all of the main scenic posts in Zion’s main Canyon. Zion Canyon is glorious. Be sure to take the Riverside Walk beside the Virgin River. The walk begins in the Temple of Sinawava and meanders along with the river until it meets the mouth of the Narrows.

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Top Ten Things to do in Zion Park

1. Explore a Slot Canyon

Zion possesses one of the areas richest treasure troves for intrepid explorers willing to match their wits, their legs and their fingers against Mother Nature.

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2. Look for Arches

These geological phenomena are formed through a deceivingly simple process of erosion. Water percolates through the cracks in the rock, and in the winter it freezes and expands, cracking and carving bits and pieces of the rock into natural arches.

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3. Delve into Zion History

There are tens of thousands of ruins, artifacts, petroglyphs and pictographs throughout the region. One of the most fun things you can do is find an ancient artifact on your own.

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4. Listen to the Experts

Varied ranger-led programs are meant to inspire and educate visitors of Zion National Park. These varied programs can feature film, slides, and other forms of presentation.

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5. Explore The Narrows

The Narrows are easily accessed by everyone. The hike begins at Temple of Sinawava, then winds along the paved pathway of Riverside Walk to the beginning of the area where the canyon walls narrow.

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6. Watch Wildlife

Utah has some amazing animal populations– big cats, buffalo, bears, and more. With a little persistence you can catch a glimpse of many of Utah’s native residents.

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7. Drive the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway

With switchbacks, slickrock and sweeping views with seasonal waterfalls, the approach has numerous spots where you can pull off the road for a better view or to take a short hike, encapsulating many of the highlights seen elsewhere in this most scenic of areas.

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8. Soak in fabulous scenery

Utah is know for its striking scenery, but Zion stands above the rest. With breathtaking waterfalls, towering cliffs, narrow canyons and numerous water features, it is hard to image a place more beautiful.

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9. Visit a Museum

The Southwest is dotted with small museums set up by an individual or a small group who really wanted to tell people about something. These mini-gems of museums are worth the time and money.

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10. Go Where the Locals Go – Kanab and other areas near Zion

With 15 miles of trails through coral-colored Navajo sandstone interspersed with snow white cliffs, dark lava flows and bright red sand dunes, the five-mile Snow Canyon Park draws rock climbers, photographers, spelunkers, RVers and hikers.

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