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Glen Canyon National Park
Lake Powell and so much more!
Our park is just minutes away from downtown Page. Encompassing over 1.25 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation.
The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lee’s Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history. Lake Powell and part of the Colorado River are just a part of this amazing park.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, at the heart of the “Grand Circle” of Southwest national parks, provides unique and refreshing opportunities for travel-weary visitors.
Stay for an hour and take a tour of Glen Canyon Dam, or stay for a week to camp on the shores of Lake Powell in a houseboat. With 1.25 million acres of golden cliffs, lush hanging gardens, impossibly narrow slot canyons, and the brilliant blue paradox of Lake Powell to visit, you may find yourself coming back again and again.
WEATHER AT GLEN CANYON
The weather in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is usually typical for the high deserts. Summers are extremely hot with little, if any, shade. Winters are moderately cold with nighttime lows often below freezing. Spring weather is highly variable and unpredictable with extended periods of winds. Fall weather is usually nice and mild, a great time to beat the heat (and the crowds!).
Temperatures can range from 110° F (38°C) in June & July to O° F (-16°C) in December & January. Precipitation is generally light (less than 6 inches [15.2cm] annually) though heavy rains and flash flooding is possible during the summer and fall “monsoons.”
We recommend lightweight, light-colored clothing for summer, including a hat. Layers of clothing are best for other times of the year.
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Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park encompasses canyons, river tributaries, and surrounding grounds. The Grand Canyon is situated in Arizona’s northwestern quadrant. With millions of visitors making the trip to the canyon each year, this park is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. In addition, the park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
The Grand Canyon had a long and arduous road to becoming a national park, beginning in the 1880s with several failed congressional bills. After making multiple visits to the area, Theodore Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a National Monument in 1908. The bill to grant national park status to the area was passed in 1919 and signed by then-President Woodrow Wilson.
There are two public areas of Grand Canyon National Park, the North and South Rims. At 7,000 feet above sea level, the Grand Canyon South Rim is the most accessible section of the national park, with numerous places where visitors can pull over to admire the views. The Grand Canyon North Rim, 1,000 feet higher than its southern sibling, isn’t as popular because it is harder to get to, especially when harsh winter weather closes access roads. By car, the trip from one rim to the other is 220 miles. However, if traveling by foot, the distance across the canyon is 21 miles via the Kaibab Trails.
WEATHER AT GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Though open 365 days a year, Grand Canyon weather can present a few extremes. While the South Rim is pleasant in the summer, it’s also very busy and the temperature on the canyon floor can reach over 100 degrees. Spring and fall can be pleasant, but unpredictable. Make sure to review all information when planning ahead for a trip to Grand Canyon National Park.
TOURS AND CAMPING
Access to Grand Canyon National Park requires an admission fee per vehicle or individual on foot or bicycle. The one-time fee is good for a visit of seven consecutive days. Grand Canyon camping in the park itself is on a first come, first served basis as well as via reservation. Commercial campsites are also available outside of the park area.
Grand Canyon tours are numerous and cater to many particular interests. Mule trips, reserved through the National Park Lodges system, take visitors on a 2-day round trip down to the bottom of the canyon. While popular, this type of tour does have restrictions. Other tours include whitewater rapid rides down the Colorado River, hikes that last a day or more, or helicopter and hot air balloon tours that provide visitors a panoramic view of the entire Grand Canyon. Visitors can also acquire a Grand Canyon map through the National Park Service to guide their exploration or find informational pamphlets to read about Grand Canyon facts. There are several things to do at Grand Canyon National Park and many areas to explore that the whole family will enjoy.
WILDLIFE IN THE PARK
With several major ecosystems to call home, over 500 species of animals can be found in Grand Canyon National Park. The endangered California Condor is one of hundreds of bird species found in the park. A range of mammals inhabit the park, including coyotes, bats, mule deer, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, elk, and many others. Grand Canyon’s wide array of animals also includes many types of arachnids and insects, with scorpions found primarily in the lower elevations along the river. Many snake species, including 6 types of rattlesnake, can be found within the park.
Zion National Park
Situated in the southwestern corner of Utah near the Nevada and Arizona borders, Zion National Park is a convenient stop for those visiting Salt Lake City, Las Vegas or Grand Canyon National Park. Accessible from State Route 9 or Interstate 15, Zion offers visitors a variety of activities across several geographic regions. It started out as Mukuntuweap National Monument in 1909, but was granted national park status by the U.S. Congress in 1919.
The highlight of Zion National Park is an expansive canyon. Averaging 2,000 feet deep, Zion Canyon offers hiking opportunities along its floor in the 20 to 30 foot wide area known as The Narrows and the challenging area known as The Subway. Swimming is also permitted in this area of the Virgin River.
Other spectacular features of Zion include natural rock arches. Two of the most prominent are the Crawford and Kolob. One thousand feet above the canyon floor, Crawford Arch can be seen from the patio of the park’s Human History Museum. Kolob Arch is visible by those hiking within the area of the park’s Kolob Canyon. Other stone arches at Zion include Double Pine, Jughandle, Chinle Trail, and Hidden Arch.
WEATHER AT ZION NATIONAL PARK
As with many other parks in the West, Zion National Park weather is dependent on season and elevation. In the summer, temperatures reach 100 degrees or more on the canyon floor and top out in the nineties at higher elevations. Fast moving thunderstorms can cause flash floods during this period. Spring and fall normally feature warm days and cool nights; however, there’s always a chance of a late spring or early summer snowstorm. Zion sees most of its precipitation in the winter with temperatures ranging from 50 degrees during the day to below freezing at night.
TOURS AND CAMPING
Zion National Park camping, hiking and backpacking are available to park guests. Other outdoor adventures include biking along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and rafting along the Virgin River. Guests in search of more leisurely activities can partake in Zion park ranger-led events, join a guided horseback tour or watch for one of the 285 bird species recorded in the park. Park guests can stop by the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to pick up a Zion National Park Map.
Zion Park is open 24 hours a day, year round. However, some attractions may be closed during inclement weather or colder seasons. A weekly admission pass is $25 per vehicle or $12 for individuals. Zion National Park camping is available at three developed, frontcountry sites for a fee and reservations are required. Guests looking for more luxurious accommodations within the park can stay at Zion Lodge. While there is no additional booking fee, it’s recommended that reservations are made should you wish to stay at the lodge’s cabins.
WILDLIFE IN THE PARK
Zion has a large and varied ecosystem, due largely in part to the expansive and diverse landscape it inhabits. Visitors can expect to see lizards, mule deer, and wild turkeys, and hopefully won’t run into some of the more dangerous animals, like mountain lions or rattlesnakes, on their vacations.
Bryce Canyon is also home to horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, scenic vistas, and the dark night sky. Visitors can expect spectacular hiking, camping, endless outdoor ranger activities, and even a Prairie Dog Festival.
Because the park covers a vertical distance of over 2,000 feet, it exists in three distinct climatic zones: spruce or fir forest, Ponderosa Pine forest, and Pinyon Pine or juniper forest.
Bryce Canyon first became a tourist destination in 1916 with Union Pacific. It was then declared a National Moument in 1923, and officially established as a National Park in 1928.
VISITING THE PARK
WEATHER AT BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
While sunny most of the year, the temperature and weather in Bryce Canyon National Park can be otherwise fairly unpredictable. From nearly daily summer thunderstorms to large snowstorms in winter, be prepared for anything. Visitors should make sure to check daily forecasts to see what this national park has in store for them on any given day.
TOURS AND CAMPING
Hiking and camping are two of the most popular activities in Bryce Canyon. Camping can be done either in one of the two reservation-based car camping sites near the visitor center or by obtaining a backcountry permit for the multiple sites along trails.
WILDLIFE IN THE PARK
The variable ecosystems in Bryce Canyon creates opportunity for great biodiversity including more than 100 species of birds, dozens of mammals, and more than a thousand plant species.
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