25 Facts About Zion National Park
How much do you know about Zion National Park? Perhaps it’s time to brush up on your Zion trivia. Here are 25 facts about the park, many of which you may not have known.
1. The person who is credited with naming the place “Zion” is also the same person who, in 1863, settled the canyon floor. His name is Isaac Behunin.
2. 1917 was the first year tourists arrived here by way of automobile.
3. The first recognized and exhibited paintings of Zion were created by artist Frederick Dellenbaugh who displayed his work at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.
4. The Anasazi, the original occupants of Zion Canyon, have left behind rock art and many cliff dwellings that are between 800 and 1,500 years old and can still be seen today.
5. 1989 is the year when Zion National Park recorded its lowest temperature ever: -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Though rainstorms are common in Zion Canyon between July and September, the month when Zion receives most of its rainfall is March.
7. The depth of Zion Canyon is around 800 meters.
8. Four life zones exist inside the park: riparian, woodland, Coniferous forest, and desert.
9. The widely used shuttle service was officially rolled out in the year 2000.
10. Underneath the ground you stand on in Zion lies a natural spring. It’s estimated that the water takes up to 1,000 years for the water to reach the surface and show itself through the surfaces of the rock.
11. Evidence of Zion’s earliest inhabitants dates back over 8,000 years.
12. When Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, the torch passed through Zion during the run.
13. The Mule Deer is one of the largest mammals in the area.
14. Coyotes, ringtail cats, the gray fox, and cougars are the areas most prominent predators.
15. An endangered species resides in the park: the California Condor.
16. Many animal species call the park home. To be precise, 32 species of amphibians/reptiles, 8 species of fish, and 289 species of birds.
17. Number of mammals living in the park: 79.
18. Coal Pits Wash is the park’s lowest point of elevation at 3,666 ft.
19. Kolob Canyon is the park’s highest point of elevation at 8,726 ft.
20. The park is considered to have the most extensive plant diversity in the entire state with over 800 species native to the area.
21. 1847 is the year Mormon farmers settled the Virgin River area.
22. 1776 is the year the region was first explored by Europeans.
23. In 2016, over 4.5 million people visited the park.
24. In 1920, the park saw a little under 4,000 visitors.
25. The park was established officially in 1909 by Pres. Taft.