Zion Adventure Company

We took a trip up to Zion National Park today to visit our friends at the Zion Adventure Company. The drive through Virgin and Rockville was absolutely breathtaking with the colorful fall leaves against the vast red rock canyon walls in the distance. There were a few spots along the Virgin river that were literally breathtaking as you came around the corner and saw a glistening river with shiny lights glimmering from the bright yellow golden leaves.
We made it up to the headquarters for Zion Adventure Co. about 9:30 am and they were already hopping with business. Tourists and locals talking about which canyons were best to visit, how to visit them and what gear would be best to use. At first I was skeptical. Sure they know the canyon but I am not much of an “Adventure Guide” sort of guy. Typically I would just grab what gear I thought I might need and just go wing it. After listening for about 5 minutes, I was converted! These guys sure know their stuff…

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Zion National Park Re-Opening!

SOURCE: STGNEWS.com

ST. GEORGE – During a “Conversation with the House” meeting held at the St. George City Offices, Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart announced the state and the Department of the Interior have reached an agreement for funding eight of Utah’s national parks and monuments.

The announcement was met by cheers from over 100 people in attendance at the meeting as Lockhart said the parks could be open Saturday morning, if not sooner. The National Parks Service has asked for at least 24 hours to recall personnel and prepare for the reopening of the parks and monuments.

However, according to the official announcement from the governors office, parks may be open as soon as Friday. Gov. Gary Herbert made the announcement around 8:45 p.m.

The national parks and monuments that will reopen include:

  • Arches National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capital Reef National Park
  • Zion National Park

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell)
  • Natural Bridges National Monument
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument

The state has sent $1.67 million to the government to keep the parks and monuments open for 10 days.

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With the parks being reopened within the next 24-36 hours, Lockhart said: “We really need to get the word out” that the parks are open. She added that deals are already being arranged with media groups to broadcast the news across the state and beyond.

“Utah’s national parks are the backbone of many rural economies and hard-working Utahns are paying a heavy price for this shutdown,” Herbert said.  “I commend Secretary Jewell for being open to Utah’s solution, and the world should know Utah is open for business and visitors are welcome.”

To read the rest of the article visit STGNews.com

Zion National Park Shut Down

What Can You Do in the Case of a Government / National Park Shutdown?

Zion National Park may be shut down, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Don’t let it stop you from enjoying the amazing vacation you have always planned for! Springdale City and the Zion Canyon are still open for your pleasure.

Springdale_Zion Cycles

  • Golf

    11 courses within 1 hour of Zion National Park

  • Biking

    See the canyon from a bike!

  • Spa

    Relax and rejuvenate.

  • Dining

    Find a new favorite restaurant in Springdale.

  • Shopping

    Find a souvenir or gifts for friends!

  • Hiking

    Hiking in 4 nearby State Parks

  • Go for a Drive

    See the beauty of the National Park area from a scenic tour jeep.

  • Running

    Ideal temps and scenery make for a perfect run.

If you haven’t already – Plan your trip today and come on over to the Springdale Zion Canyon area!

 

Government Shutdown – Zion National Park

Yes it is true… the National Park is shutdown for the time being.  The wonderful thing about Zion National Park though is unlike other National Parks where a government shutdown will effectively eliminate the ability to participate in the National Park experience, the Town of Springdale and Zion Canyon will remain open and ready to accommodate visitors. Those with plans to visit Zion Canyon should still come to Springdale and experience the Town’s unique charm and natural beauty.

Zion Hampton Inn

Zion Hampton Inn in Springdale City

Further, there are opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and other outdoor recreation outside of  Zion National Park for visitors to enjoy. Eagle Crags and the Guacamole Trail offer incredible views of Zion’s towering mesas. Gooseberry Mesa and the Hurricane Rim / Jem Trail are world renowned  mountain biking and hiking trails with incredible scenery. Canaan Mountain is an unspoiled wilderness  area offering solitude in a pristine red sandstone setting. Kolob Reservoir is a lovely alpine lake  surrounded by cottonwood trees, many of which are now turning golden with fall color. All these areas  are minutes away from Springdale and will remain open and accessible to visitors. The Town encourages  visitors to explore some of these lesser known areas and discover their unparalleled and unspoiled  beauty. The Town has a number of guiding and outfitting companies that can offer more detailed suggestions on alternative’s to hiking in Zion National Park.