Here are 5 fun about Zion National Park that you probably didn’t know! These cool facts are great to learn or brush up on before going into the park! Also, looking for some cool hikes? Then check out our post on Top 5 Hikes in Zion (and finding the one that’s right for your family).
COOL FACTS ABOUT ZION
#1: Zion comes from Hebrew
The name Zion is used anciently to mean “sanctuary”. It seems fitting once you see it– although it wasn’t its original name (that takes us to fact number two…).
#2. It wasn’t originally called “Zion”
When Mormon settlers discovered the area in 1869 following their expedition to the Grand Canyon, they originally called it Mukuntuweap. It wasn’t until it became a national park that it was renamed Zion.
#3. It officially became a National Park in 1919
While it was protected by President Taft in 1909 as Mukuntuweap National Monument, those in charge felt it needed a name that was easier to pronounce (therefore more likely to attract visitors). Bonus Trivia: Go to number #10 to see how to properly pronounce Zion to avoid looking like a tourist.
#4. Yes, the wildlife really does steal your food.
Rock Squirrels will, in fact, sneak into your bag and steal your food if you’re not watching. Signs are posted to not feed the wildlife, so mind your crackers and Pop Tarts.
#5. It’s home to one of the tallest, most dangerous hikes in the world
Angels Landing is almost 1,500 feet high and a full 2.2 miles to hike (much of it uphill and on switchbacks– as well as chains and drops offs on either side of the trail). You can absolutely hike the first part of it with children (Scout’s Lookout is great for families with young ones who love a good hike and are packing plenty of water– otherwise, here are plenty of other choices perfect for young families). Certainly only recommended for those with good hiking shoes and careful hikers. If you brave the trail, however, you won’t find any views more spectacular than the top of Angels Landing. You can literally see 360 degrees around the whole peak.
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