Zion Subway

The Zion Subway, or the “Left Fork”, is one of the most popular slot canyon and canyoneering routes in Zion National Park.

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Waterfalls Grace the Emerald Pools

Right across the road from Zion Lodge are the Emerald Pools, a mix of trails and pools that provide easy to moderate hiking opportunities between each oasis. Two streams trickle across the face of the cliff and fall into the pool. The trail leads behind the waterfall for a bit of visual, aural and misty magic. Read More...

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Zion Subway

The Subway by God of War (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons

Zion Subway

Zion Subway by John Fowler from Placitas, NM, USA (SubwayUploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

There are two routes, both approximately nine miles, through the Subway and both are strenuous and require route finding, water crossings, scrambling, or rappelling. NOTE: Both routes require permits and are extremely popular. The weather is also a factor on these routes as they are prone to flash floods. Visit the NPS.gov page for full details, conditions, and permit information.

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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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