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Zion National Park

Zion National Park and Surrounding Area

zion-national-park-hotelsA spectacle of towering sandstone monoliths, high, forested plateaus and deep canyons, Zion National Park is southwestern Utah’s crown jewel. First established in 1909, Zion is the state’s oldest and most visited national park. Its 229 square miles display the handiwork of millions of years of wind and water. The Virgin River’s erosive forces carved Zion Canyon, the park’s most-visited area. This deep gorge, whose walls tower up to 3,000 feet above the canyon floor, contains many of the park’s signature rock formations, including The Great White Throne, Angels Landing, the Court of the Patriarchs, and the Watchman, which guards its entrance. In addition to its unique natural rock formations, Zion is home to great ecological diversity, boasting everything from dry desert landscapes to lush hanging gardens caused by water seeping through its porous sandstone. The park contains over 900 species of plants and 271 species of birds.
motels-near-zion-national-parkZion is not southern Utah’s only scenic and recreational treasure. Within a half-hour drive from your room at Comfort Inn St. George are magnificent gems such as Snow Canyon State Park, Red Cliffs Recreation area, Silver Reef, Quail Creek State Park, and Sand Hollow State Park. Snow Canyon, named for an early Mormon leader and not because of its abundance of snow, boasts a colorful sandstone landscape viewed while strolling along many short hiking trails. Red Cliffs, a stunning red rock canyon, is a scenic adventure the whole family can enjoy. Silver Reef displays the remnants of a late 19th century mining boomtown. Quail Creek and Sand Hollow feature reservoirs popular for water recreation, including boating, waterskiing, fishing and swimming. If you are in search of cooler temperatures and higher climes, look no further than the forests and meadows of the Pine Valley Mountains, only 45 minutes north of Comfort Inn.