Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Elisabeth is a writer and editor who specializes in the outdoors, environment, health, food, culture, and science. Her work has appeared in Backpacker, Sunset, Grist, Organic Life, Women's Adventure, 5280 (Denver's city magazine), National Park Journal, and more. When she's not scaling peaks in pursuit of a story, Elisabeth loves cooking, paddling, cross-country skiing, and feeding her addiction to self-serve frozen yogurt.

Winter snow dusting the Court of the Patriarchs along the Virgin River in Zion National Park

Winter Recreation in Zion National Park

Zion's snowcapped mountains are spectacular in the winter. The canyon is not normally subject to heavy snow, so hiking and biking are still popular.

Sheep Creek Connecting Trail in Bryce Canyon's Swamp Canyon. Photo by Elisabeth Kwak

5 Dayhikes Among Hoodoos and Pine in Bryce Canyon

The overlooks are just the beginning. Venture deeper into Bryce Canyon on one of these excellent day trips for even more spectacular views.

Mesa Arch at Sunrise in Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands is a Day-Hiker's Paradise

Canyonlands National Park is slickrock country filled with both day-hiking and backcountry exploration opportunities.

Solo hiker in the Zion Narrows in Zion National Park in Utah

Hiking the Virgin River through Zion Narrows

This slot canyon in Zion National Park, is the premier and most accessible slot canyon in the Southwest. Hikers can take the easy, moderate or challenging route.

A hiker near the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park, holding onto the chains and taking a selfie photo.

Hiking Angels Landing in Zion National Park

Angels Landing soars 1,488 ft above the Virgin River. Reach the summit and your reward is a spectacular view of Zion Canyon and surrounding cliffs.

Boat Mountain and hoodoos from Sunrise Point in Bryce Canyon

7 Top Views in Bryce Canyon National Park

Hoodoos, arches, and fins galore. See Bryce Canyon National Park’s best views and rock formations from these favorite scenic overlooks.

A hiker approaches Wall Street in the Zion Narrow

10 Best Things to Do in Utah National Parks

Be sure to hit one, or all, of the Top 10 Things to do and see in Utah Parks. There’s slot canyons, arches, museums, dinosaurs and more.

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Bighorn Sheep in Utah

There are a lot of bighorn sheep in Utah. In fact, there are too many. Zion and Utah are creating a plan to capture and move bighorn.

Cassidy Arch in Capitol Reef National Park

5 Things to See at Capitol Reef National Park

The best viewpoints, trails, and attractions in this under-the-radar park.

Beautiful Zion National Park with the Virgin River and the Court of the Patriarchs

11 Rock Formations in Zion National Park

Zion has the most impressive formations that are up to 2,500 feet thick, making it the world's deepest desert landscape. Check these must-sees off your list.

Cedar Mesa Sandstone in Canyonlands Needles District

4 Districts of Canyonlands National Park

Explore the Needles, Island in the Sky, the Maze, and the Rivers of Canyonlands National Park. But don't miss these two fascinating spots nearby.

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Life-zones of Southern Utah

Great variability in the life-zones and sub-ecosystems can be found in Utah's deserts, foothills, canyons, cliff-tops and mountains.

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Human Use of Zion Goes Back 12 Millennia

The earliest evidence of humans in the Zion National Park area is about 10,000 BC, from ancient spear points found among the remains of woolly mammoths and other Ice Age species.

1903 Painting of Zion Canyon by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh

Frederick S. Dellenbaugh: Zion Artist

Frederick S. Dellenbaugh was a painter and a photographer that helped popularize Zion National Park and bring national attention to southeastern Utah.