Zion National Park is full of rich history, beautiful geological features, diverse wildlife and plant life, and many different activities for visitors to participate in. Here are some of the most interesting facts about Zion National Park!
- Zion National Park covers 148,016 acres!
- Zion National Park has been increasing its annual number of visitors in recent years, and now receives 4.49 million visitors a year.
- Zion National Park has 48 different hiking trails, with easy, intermediate, and strenuous hikes available. There is something for every level of hiker!
- In 2019, Zion National Park generated over a quarter of a billion dollars, and supported employment for over 4,000 people.
- Zion was originally known as Mukuntuweap National Monument, paying homage to the Native Americans, who were the original inhabitants of the park. The name meant “straight arrow” in Paiute. The name was changed to Zion ten years later, for easier pronunciation, although there was dissent at the decision at the time.
- Angel’s Rest Trail is known as one of the most dangerous hikes in the world. The steep slopes of the hike can prove dangerous if proper precautions are not taken. The park has taken safety measures to ensure the safety of visitors who are after the spectacular views that the hike offers.
- Zion protects many historical sites within its boundaries. Some of these include ancient artwork, old granaries, and trails carved by the original inhabitants of the canyon.