Highway Vehicle Trails
Scenic Byway 14
It would be hard to find a place in America that compares with the
grandeur Zion National Park possesses. Here in Southern Utah, where the sky is
usually clear, and the landscape is breathtaking, lies an unsurpassed masterpiece
of nature. Zion National Park is the most incredible scenic and hiking experience
that can be found in the United States.
|East Zion is
the "heart of southern Utah's national parks and national monuments"!
The East Zion area is often called the "heart of the parks"
and for good reason; a glance at a southern Utah map will reveal a tourist paradise
here. From the east side of Zion Park it is only a short drive to the other scenic
attractions of Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. From the junction of Scenic
Byways 9 & 89, Bryce Canyon National Park is 60 miles, Cedar Breaks National
Monument is 45, the entrance to the Grand Staircase National Monument is in Glendale
is 10 miles and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is 95 miles. The Zion Narrows
is perhaps the most famous slot canyon in the US, but East Zion is host to some
of of the other incredible slot canyons in Southern Utah. Tour guides offer jeep
tours to some of the slots hidden within the BLM boundaries and there are also
some gorgeous self guided slot canyon hikes in the Grand Staircase such as Lick
Wash and Willis Creek.
If you enjoy scenic drives, your wish will be granted as you drive
through the incredible scenery along Scenic Byway 9, the main highway that runs
through Zion National Park. This road is also called the Zion Mount Carmel Highway
and runs from the South entrance of Zion Park to the junctions of Scenic Byways
9 & 89 on the East side of Zion Park. Scenic Byway 89 offers some spectacular
trails as well as a breathtaking cruise along towering monoliths. Take the time
to get out of your car and enjoy the view from the many pull-outs along the Zion
Mount Carmel Highway.
Cedar Mountain Vacation: "Route 89" Tour
Cedar Mountain Recreation area in Dixie Forest is just a short drive from the east side of Zion National Park.
deer are some of the larger animals found in this area. One of the main characteristic
is their large ears. The antlers of the mule deer branch and then branch again
once more. In the winter the mule deer sheds it antlers and within a couple of
weeks begins to grow a new set.