7 Surprising Facts About Zion National Park


Zion National Park in Utah, known for sandstone cliffs and wildlife, holds intriguing secrets. Discover 7 surprising historical facts about its name and significance.

Before it became a national park in 1919, it was called Mukuntuweap National Monument, a name given by the Southern Paiute tribe that means “straight canyon”. 

Zion was not always Zion 


Some people thought that Mukuntuweap was too hard to pronounce and that Zion, a Hebrew word for “sanctuary” or “refuge”, would attract more visitors. 

Zion’s Name Change was Controversial 


The park’s elevation ranges from 3,666 feet to 8,726 feet, creating different habitats for plants and animals. 

Zion has four life zones 


The park’s varied habitats and location along the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions make it a hotspot for birdwatching.  

Zion is Home to 289 Species of Birds


Bats are important pollinators and pest controllers in the park. They feed on insects, nectar, and fruit, and help spread seeds and pollen. 

Zion has 19 Species of Bats 


The park’s first human inhabitants were nomadic hunter-gatherers who left behind petroglyphs and pictographs on the canyon walls.  

Zion has Ancient Rock Art 


Around 500 CE, two groups of people settled in the area: the Virgin Branch Puebloans and the Fremont Indians.  

Zion has 2 Distinct Cultures 


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