As we enter into these colder months, do not let the weather deter you from visiting Zion National Park. Most of the trails are open year-round and there is nothing quite like the contrasting beauty of snow capped red cliffs.
Another draw to the park, even during slower months, is the Human History Museum. Conveniently located just ½ mile north of the main south entrance (or 11 miles west of the east entrance), this museum is a must-see for anyone visiting the park during any time of year. I suggest going through the museum early-on in your visit (first-thing or perhaps for a lunch-break after your first hike). The insight you will gain about the history of the park will greatly expand and enrich your experience as you hike through.
The museum features both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The permanent exhibition and collection highlights the history of the park, the indigenous Native American population, and the shaping of the park by, as they call it, “the creator and destroyer” – water. Temporary exhibitions range in topic from the Transcontinental Railroad of the 19th century to the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 20th century. The museum’s best feature may be the free 20-minute video documenting the story of Zion’s. This is a great option for adults and children alike and may prove a perfect break for your sore legs. Souvenirs and collectibles are available at the museum store.
Make the Human History Museum at Zion’s an item on your park agenda – you won’t regret it!
Operating Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm March-October
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