Petroglyphs in Zion National Park

Zion has many petroglyph panels inside the park, to the north near Cedar City, and to the south.
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Petroglyph in Zion along a branch of Clear Creek near Mt Carmel Road

Petroglyph in Zion along a branch of Clear Creek near Mt Carmel Road

Zion has a number of petroglyphs left by the Anasazi, but also by the Archaic people, as well as by the Basketmaker, Fremont and Piaute cultures as well.

"Guide to Rock Art of the Utah Region" by Dennis Silfer is an excellent overview of rock art, with detailed descriptions of sites.

South Gate, Petroglyph Canyon, and Cave Valley

A few steps from the South Entrance to Zion is South Gate Petroglyph site, which has interesting designs and animal images -- right under the watchful eye of rangers. Other sites in the park are not well advertised, as park officials have had bad experiences with vandalism. Indeed, Petroglyph Canyon is protected and visitors need special permission from Zion Canyon Visitor's Center to visit the site. Ditto for the Cave Valley pictograph site.

Petroglyphs in Parowan Gap Canyon, North of Zion

Rock art fans should visit Parowan Gap Canyon -- accessible from either Parowan or Cedar City. From Parowan, turn west on to 400 North and travel 10.5 miles to Parowan Gap Canyon.

From Cedar City, take I-15 Exit 62 and follow the signs to get onto U-130. Follow 130 north for 13.7 miles and then turn right onto a paved road near mile marker 19. Follow that road 2.5 miles and you're in the middle of fantastic geometric designs, plus images of humans, mountain sheep, bear claws and more.

Read more about Petroglyphs and Pictographs


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.

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.


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.

Observation Point in Zion National Park on a cloudy day

Top 3 Vistas in Zion National Park

Get the best views in this red-rock paradise in southwestern Utah. If you want to feel on top of the world, here are three fantastic Zion hikes that offer incredible vistas.

Rock formation at Zion National Park

Do I Need to Worry About Falling Rock in Zion National Park?

Rockfalls are very common in Zion National Park but no visitor has ever been killed by one in the history of the park.

Kolob Arch in Zion National Park's backcountry may be the second longest in the world.

Natural Rock Arches in Zion National Park

Zion has two major Arches and several lesser ones. The most easily accessible is Crawford Arch. Kolob Arch may be the second longest arch in the world.


Biking Inside and Nearby Zion Nationl Park

Choose the family- and pet-friendly Pa'rus Trail inside Zion, the challenging Gooseberry Mesa Trail for experienced mountain bikers, or the cool Navajo Lake.


Where are Services near Zion National Park?

Where can I get my vehicle fixed? Where are the closest medical clinics/hospitals to Zion National Park? And other services surrounding Zion National Park.

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.