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Rain in Zion – Consider yourself lucky!

Monday, November 25th, 2013
A waterfall cascades off a very large cliff formation in Zion National Park

A waterfall cascades off a very large cliff formation in Zion National Park

For some people rain is not desirable, but if you are in Zion National Park when it rains, consider yourself blessed. The formations of Zion National Park are part of a huge plateau that has been eroded and carved by the constant flow of water.

A waterfall courses over the rough surfaces of a sandstone formation in Zion National Park.

A waterfall courses over the rough surfaces of a sandstone formation in Zion National Park.

The tops of most formations are very flat and as rain water gathers on the plateau it quickly accumulates and then forces its way over the edge of the plateau often cascading in dramatic fashion down cliff faces, some of which are one to two thousand feet high.

Water shapes the formations in Zion National Park.

Water shapes the formations in Zion National Park.

During light rain their are many areas that just off the road where one can view or even experience the light water flows. However, be mindful not to enter a slot canyon or venture near a high water flow as these areas can be dangerous.

Small waterfalls stair-step their way down across formations in Zion National Park

Small waterfalls stair-step their way down across formations in Zion National Park

To photograph or shoot video during the rain, you simply need to cover your camera with some plastic or other water resistant material. Remember to bring a soft cloth to wipe the rain drops that may spot your lens from time to time.

View this video of the rains and waterfalls in Zion National Park.


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Zion Park – Springtime

Thursday, April 7th, 2011
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A small waterfall in Zion National Park

Spring is a magnificent time to experience Zion National Park, and of course there is no better place to stay in the Zion area than Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.

Reasons Why Spring is Great!

1- Waterfalls: The upper areas of  Zion National Park and the mountains to the North of Zion range in elevations from 8,000 to 11,000 feet.   Snow is melting in these upper elevations and much of this water runs toward Zion and finds it’s way into the Virgin River.   The water will be running swiftly in the river so this is not the time for hiking the Zion Narrows, but some of the snow melt may find its way over the edges of cliff faces in the form of waterfalls.  If you happen to be in Zion on a day when we catch some rare rain, then the waterfalls will be all the more impressive.

2- Foliage: Water fills the valleys with plenty of moisture this time of year and the grasses and flowers are in their healthiest stage.   Water also works it way through the sandstone in the park and filters out at strategic points causing hanging gardens of lush foliage.  With a morning dew on the grass and flowers, Zion takes on its greenest hues, and this contrasts spectacularly with the red sandstone and deep blue skies.

3- Wildlife: Birds are starting their nests, wild turkeys are roaming the valley floors, and bighorn sheep, mule deer and other larger animals are moving about in strong numbers.  The world just seems to be more alive in spring and you’ll enjoy seeing the wildlife in Zion.

4- Temperatures: The valley floor of the main canyon in Zion is just 4,000 feet in elevation.  Air temperatures usually run in the 70′s or 80′s at this time of year, and that’s great temps for walking, hiking, taking photographs, and driving with the windows down.

So there’s four good reasons to get to Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, as soon as you can make your reservations!  We have some great special rates going on for weekdays this spring – learn more