Places To See
Zion National Park encompasses an area of 229 square miles (593.1 km) and offers a spectacular landscape of sandstone cliffs, deep canyons and expansive plateaus. Zion National Park is a vast wilderness of rock formations that includes the world's largest arch - Kolob Arch - with a span of 310 feet (94.5 m). Zion Parkoffers abundant wildlife with animals such as mule deer, bobcats, mountain lions, and desert bighorn sheep. The deer are frequently seen, while other larger animals are more difficult to view. Larger birds such as golden eagles, wild turkeys, ravens and turkey vultures are also fairly common. Mukuntuweap National Monument was proclaimed on July 31, 1909; and then incorporated in Zion National Monument March 18, 1918; and finally established as a National Park on November 19, 1919.
Bryce Canyon is just 75 minutes from Zion Ponderosa and is one of the great scenic wonders of the world. From Zion Ponderosa, travel down the North Fork road and turn left on Scenic Highway 9. Follow this road for 12 miles to Scenic Highway 89 and turn left. Go north approximately 40 miles and then turn right on National Scenic Byway 12. Travel 15 miles on this road and turn south on highway 63. Travel just three miles to the park entrance.
This area is just north of Zion Ponderosa but the best way to travel (paved road) is on highway 89 and go north approximately 25 miles, then turn left on Scenic Highway 14. You'll follow 14 to Highway 148 and then to 143 and then back on 89 to Zion Ponderosa. The highlights to see are Duck Creek Village, Cascade Falls, Navajo Lake, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Panguitch Lake, Panguitch Town. Panguitch means "Big-Fish" in the Paiute Native American Language.
This historic fort west of the town of Fredonia, Arizona (15 miles) sits on the Kaibab Paiute Reservation. In the 1870's Mormon pioneer settlers built this fort, called Winsor Castle. Visitors can tour the fort and learn about life along the famous Arizona Strip. A visitor information center provides details about the Paiute Native Americans that inhabited the area and the pioneers that came to settle in the region. From Zion Ponderosa go to south to Fredonia and turn right (west) on highway 389.
The north rim of the Grand Canyon offers spectacular scenic views. From Zion Ponderosa it is a two-hour drive on Highway 89. You'll travel through Kanab, and up onto the Kaibab Plateau and through the Kaibab forest. Highway 89 becomes highway 67 in Arizona. You'll be at 9,000 feet when you arrive at the north rim. This side of the canyon is 1,000 feet higher than the south rim and is generally open from May 15 to October 15 each year. Check weather conditions in advance.
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This national monument begins about 30 minutes from Zion Ponderosa. The roads that enter this area are well-graded dirt roads and are generally passable by any type of vehicle (weather permitting). Check weather conditions and bring a detailed map, plenty of water and make a day of it in the back-country. Travel east to Highway 89, north (left) to the town of Glendale. On this road you can go north to Kodachrome Basin and Bryce Canyon or south to Johnson Canyon and Kanab.