Amphibians in Zion National Park

Frogs, toads and even a salamander are to be found in Zion National Park, thanks to the Virgin River, streams in slot canyons and even monsoon rains.

Frogs, toads and even a salamander are to be found in Zion National Park, thanks to the Virgin River, streams in slot canyons and even monsoon rains.

You'll hear the canyon tree frogs (Hyla arenicolor) and red-spotted toads at night or dusk, serenading the evening by rocky pools. They're just two of the six species of frogs and toads found in the park.

While all amphibians hibernate away the winter, two toad species dig into the dirt to survive the hottest periods of summer, emerging when monsoons bring heavy rains and new life to canyon/desert country.

The Great Basin spadefoot toad (Spea intermontauen) and the Woodhouse toad (Bufo woodhousii) are great diggers, thanks to hard knobby parts of their feet.

Thanks to glands that secret mucus and nasty-tasting toxins, the red-spotted toad (Bufo punctactus) is ignored by all but the youngest and least-experienced predators. No one really comes back for seconds, which is good for the toad.

The tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) -- the world's largest land-dwelling salamander -- lives up to its name as a ferocious predator in the little world of frogs, small mice, insects and earthworms. They live under debris near water, or burrows in stream banks.



Fishing in Zion National Park and Southern Utah

Fishing is allowed in Zion, but is not as common as other pastimes. However, the areas north of Zion are premier fly fishing destinations.


Mountain Lions in Zion Canyon

Zion National Park gets almost three million visitors annually -- most in Zion Canyon -- and mountain lions stay far away from such crowds.

Emerald Pools Waterfall

Waterfalls in Zion National Park

Somehow, one doesn't expect desert terrain to be home of some of the world's most spectacular water features. But, Zion is full of waterfalls from snow melt.

The Virgin River canyon called The Narrows in Zion National Park

Some Canyoneering Favorites in Zion National Park

Try the sport that includes hiking and technical rock climbing inside Zion National Park including the Narrows, the Subway, and North Creek.

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcons in the Zion National Park Region

At least 291 bird species call Zion home. Birds operate pretty independently of humans, but sometimes the two conflict. Both falcons and climbers love Zion's commanding cliffs.

Zion Canyon

Must-See Natural Wonders in Zion National Park

If you have the time and good shoes, take a ride on The Narrows, an unforgettable wade in cold waters of the Virgin River.


Fox Rare in Zion

Visitors keep eye's wide to catch a glimpse of the rare gray fox found in Zion's woodlands and shrubs.

Bryce Canyon Hoodoos

Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks

These weirdly shaped rock spires that look somewhat like totem poles, are carved by water in arid environments. They can be found in Bryce Canyon and Zion in Utah


Favorite Zion National Park Hikes

Everyone should take the scenic short hike to Weeping Rock Trail. The half-mile climb is doable for almost everyone, yet offers many of the key attractions that make Zion, Zion.