The United States of America has some breathtaking natural sites to visit and explore with your family. Have you ever considered taking a trip to visit a national park? Zion National Park is a beauty located on the west coast.
We have been discovering some really cool national parks in this series. Some of these I had never even heard of. I am blown away by the beauty that can be found in these wilderness places. If your children enjoy nature and wildlife they will have fun discovering Zion National Park.
Zion National Park is located in South Western Utah, not far from Las Vegas, Nevada. It was established in 1909 as Mukuntuweap National Monument. It became Zion National Park in 1919. The name “Zion” means “place of peace or place of refuge,” it was named by early pioneers to the canyon.
The park is 229 square miles long. It is home to spectacular cliffs and a canyon landscape of beautiful desert colors. This park is a favorite for adventurers, rock climbers and day hikers. It is full of geological wonders such as the largest rock arches in the world: Kolob Arch.
FREE Resources for Discovering Zion National Park:
FREE Printables and Unit Studies:
Plan your visit with these updated printable maps from Zion National Park.
Plants and Animals of Zion National Park:
Zion National Park is home to many large animals such as the desert bighorn sheep, mountain lions, large mule deer and ringtail cats. The ringtail cats are in the racoon family, they are nocturnal and hard to spot on a visit there. Mule deer can be found grazing in grassy fields throughout the park. The desert bighorn sheep can be found between the east entrance and the Zion Mt-Carmel tunnel in the park.
You can print out a Zion mammal list with lots of information sheets on the mammals that can be found throughout the park.
Get printable information sheets for the plants that can be found throughout the park. I was blown away by the diversity of plants ranging from desert plants, to lush, hanging gardens with springs rushing through them.
Wildlife in Zion by Bumbleberry Inn – this post has some amazing photographs with links, to learn more about the wildlife that can be found at the park.
Videos and Virtual Tours on Zion National Park:
We love using videos and virtual tours to take us to places we normally would never have the opportunity to go to. It is a lot of fun to explore some amazing places from the safety and comfort of your own living room sometimes. I think you and your children will really enjoy these.
Ranger Minutes offer short video tours and educational information on the park.
You may also enjoy these free resources to further study:
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