Update: Government Shutdown Closes Zion

Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park (which was just reopened after being battered by the Colorado flood), and so many more, would all be closed, indefinitely, if the government shuts down.
Zion National Park

Pic by Stu Seeger on Flickr.

Zion National Park is among the 401 total national parks closed after Congress failed to meet the deadline to prevent a partial government shutdown. All non-essential park workers will be furloughed indefinitely.

State Route 9 remains open to drivers, but all hiking, climbing and adventuring is off limits.

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Zion Artist-in-Residence Program

Zion National Park is now accepting applications for its Artist-in-Residence Program. The selected individual gets the chance to live in a remote, historic house situated on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive for four weeks.

Zion canyon

Zion National Park Opens After Government Shutdown

Thanks to funding from the state, Zion National Park and its fellow Utah national parks opened up Oct. 12. Now that the government shutdown has ended though, the state will retain whatever is left from the $1.67 million it had allocated to keep Zion up through Oct. 21.

Base Jumping Accident

Base Jumping Death at Zion

A newlywed woman died after plunging about 2,000 feet after a base jumping attempt in Utah's rugged Zion National Park, authorities said Sunday, February 9, 2014.