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The Bighorn Sheep of Zion National Park

Zion National Park is home to many different unique and beautiful animals. Animals like the California Condor, Mule Deer, and the Western Rattle Snake call Zion National Park home all year long. Those who will be visiting Zion National Park may get the chance to see another animal that can’t be seen in many places.
The Bighorn Sheep of Zion National Park leave guests staring in awe as they precariously maneuver their hooved feet along steep and narrow cliffs. Guests who see these impressive sheep often recall the sighting as one of the most memorable things during their trip. Though not often talked about, Bighorn Sheep are just one more incredible thing to see while in the amazing Zion National Park.

 

About Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn Sheep are some of the most unique creatures in Zion National Park. They are closely related to Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, but the Bighorn Sheep in Zion National Park are built for the hot, dry weather of Zion. They have long legs, small bodies, short coats, and can survive on only the water from the vegetation they consume for days at a time.
Unlike most horned mammals, where only the males possess horns, both male and female Bighorn Sheep have horns. The female’s horns are shorter and less robust while the male’s horns are long, thick, and curve around their heads. These horns are used for ramming into other males to prove dominance.
For many years, the population of Bighorn Sheep in the southern Utah area was dwindling. In the late seventies, they were reintroduced to the area to return the native species where it belonged and, ever since, the Bighorn Sheep population has been booming.

Where Bighorn Sheep can be Found in Zion
While Bighorn Sheep may be seen on many mountains and cliffs, there are a few specific areas where guests are more likely to see them. In the areas of the Zion- Mt. Carmel Tunnel and the East Entrance of the park, it is common to see the Bighorn Sheep perched high on a rocky cliff, grazing on vegetation or, resting in the shade at the base of a cliff. Drivers should take care in these areas since Bighorn Sheep may cross the road unexpectedly.

When to Observe Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn Sheep are in the area year-round, but the best time to view them is once the cool weather moves in. With the peak of the mating season beginning in October, guests can hear them slamming their horns into each other to establish dominance, secure mating rights, and claim their territory. It is an incredible sight to see these creatures fighting precariously on a cliff’s edge.
For a dose of cuteness, travelers can plan their trip around the arrival of baby Bighorn lambs. New born lambs can be seen from mid-January to late April since there is a six-month gestation period after the peak mating season in October. No matter what time of year visitors come to Zion, they will be delighted by the sight of these majestic, beautiful, and interesting animals.

Visit the Bighorn Sheep of Zion
By observing the Bighorn Sheep of Zion from a safe distance, guests will be able to have a better appreciation of the unique wildlife of Zion National Park. Whether guests are visiting the area solely to observe the wildlife or they have come for outdoor activities but stumble across the wildlife in the process, Bighorn Sheep sightings will be a highlight of the trip.

St. George Farmers Market

St. George Downtown Farmers Market

The sudden push to buy produce and other products from local sources is more than just a fad. It’s one of the best ways to help the environment, contribute to the local community, and get the freshest, healthiest products. Being able to enjoy locally sourced items is easy thanks to the St. George Downtown Farmers Market.

About the Farmers Market
Every Saturday throughout the summer, beginning on Saturday, May 13th and concluding on Saturday, October 28th, the Downtown Farmers Market will take place. Each Saturday, it will open at 8:00 am and close at 12:00 pm.

The Downtown Farmers Market will be held at Ancestor Square. The exact location is 2 W St, George Blvd.#22- St. George. Over thirty local vendors will open tents and stands to sell their locally grown and made products. From vegetables and eggs to arts and crafts, there will be something for everyone at this location.

Products Available
Local vendors from the areas of Iron and Washington Counties will be selling organic produce, live plants, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, homemade food items, handmade crafts, photography, and much more. Everything available has been either made or grown locally, so shoppers can be sure they are getting the best products while keeping their money in the community.

Market Entertainment
To support local musicians, the center stage at the Farmers Market will feature live bands and musicians. These performers are from the local area and are sure to entertain. The lawn around the stage will be open to sit and enjoy the music. Shoppers can also listen to the music as they purchase their goods from the market.

Shop Smart, Support Local Businesses
The St. George Downtown Farmers Market at Ancestors Square is the perfect place to do the weekly shopping, purchase home décor, and find unique gifts for friends and family. Shopping local means finding things that the big box stores don’t have and feeling proud of the purchases made. Get in on the action by shopping at the St. George Downtown Farmers Market.

Photos by Gemma Billings

Plan Your Summer Trip

Utah has some of the most beautiful national parks in the country. Load up in your family car for a fun-filled three day vacation to Zion, Bryce, and Capitol Reef in the southern part of the state.

Bryce Canyon

Zion
The first stop is Zion. Take the park’s free shuttle to sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery as it follows the Virgin River. You’ll see some incredible emerald pools and majestic sandstone cliffs that are an amazing site to behold. Stretch your legs and take a hike on one of the many trails you’ll find in the park. The Visitor’s Center is where you can catch the shuttle and also has some very helpful information on hiking and camping. Restrooms and first aid are available too.

Bryce
The next stop is Bryce Canyon, with its surprising colorful rocks and easy walking trails. Stretch your legs and visit the Pink Ledges Trail in Red Canyon. Don’t miss the astonishing sunset at Paria View. You may be one of the lucky ones to catch a glimpse of a peregrine falcon.

Capitol Reef
You and your family will love this less crowded park. Make sure you make time to hike the Sunset Point Trail. There’s a bench at the end of the trail where you’ll be able to sit and marvel at the Capitol-like domes, Moenkopi towers, and natural bridges. For an unforgettable view, be sure to see Sulphur Creek joining the Fremont River.

Don’t forget your camera, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, and light jackets. You might even want to pack a picnic lunch with extra bottles of water. These parks can get very warm during the daytime, but will cool off during the evenings.

Family Activities In St. George

When it comes down to it, we really cannot think of a reason why people would not enjoy coming to St. George. It is the perfect family vacation spot year round! All it’s missing is the beach, but hey, we have Sand Hollow, close enough right? Here are some fun family activities to try when visiting St. George.

DIXIE
Photo Credit: Holly B. on flickr

Pioneer Park

Also known as “Dixie Rock”, this is a fun family friendly hiking area that sits atop a hill overlooking St. George. Enjoy short hikes, historic “buildings”, picnic areas, slot canyons and so much more! Also located right next to Pioneer Park is The Desert Garden, which can be a fun and educational stroll.

Tuacahn

Depending on the time of year you are visiting, there will be different shows and events going on at Tuacahn no doubt! Some spectacular shows that have hit this amphitheater stage are The Little Mermaid, Tarzan and more! They also hold holiday shows like Halloweens Thriller!

Sand Hollow

This Reservoir is the go to spot for families during the blazing hot summers. There are all kinds of fun things to do there, cliff jumping, tubing, Razors and so much more!

Zion National Park

We really truly believe that St. George is one of the best places to visit simply because Zion Natoional Park is right in our backyard! A mere 40 minute drive away. How lucky can you get?!

Things to do in Zion National Park

Planning a hiking trip at Zion National Park can be little bit challenging unless you prepared well and planned properly to explore the park to you are content. Proper planning and guidance can help you explore the beautiful Zion, as it has several things to offer to all visitors and of all age groups.

Observation Point, Zion National Park.
Photo Credit: PROscott wedell on flickr

1. Top Experiences

Make a hiking trip to less crowded area at Kolob Canyons for a peaceful hiking. It is located in the northwest direction of the park and it takes about 42 miles drive from southern entrance of Zion. The altitudes of the Kolob trails reach up to eight thousand feet and gives cool summer weather in the middle of ponderosa and juniper pine forests.
Take a horseback ride or mule-trail ride into the canyon for an memorable experience. These rides are available from March to October. Get the broachers for more information or contact Canyon Trail Rides for further details (www.canyonrides.com, +1435-679-8664)
One of the popular activities in Zion is Rock climbing, which offers thrilling experience to the expert hikers. Short walls, the climb includes prodigal son, Touchstone and moonlight buttress.

2. Scenic Drive

The scenic drive at Zion Canyon offers the best view of the entire park and the drive can be completed in a day visit. Utah 9, the Zion Mt. Carmel Highway goes down almost 2,000 feet from the elevated mesa country at the east-entrance to the lower south-entrance. Start the drive in the east, you can observe the Zion Mt. Carmel tunnel, and take a look at sandstone beds at Checkerboard Mesa. Take one mile walk at Canyon Overlook; you will complete the round-trip trail, now you can view the famous Virgin towers and West Temple.

3. Best Hikes

Zion offers around 120miles of best hiking trails which ranges from simple to expert and it will keep visitors of all age groups excited for days.
The 4.2 miles round-trip to Weeping rock hike gives the most exciting moments as it is mostly a smooth trail. The hike completes at rock alcove where you can find hanging wildflowers and springs. It takes 2 mile round-trip to Riverside Walk with minor drop-offs. The smooth trail continues to the Virgin River beside the base of a narrow canyon.
Take a Two mile round-trip to Middle Emerald Pools; the hike gives exciting experience with steep drop-offs. The trail-loops to the middle and lower pools are overflowing with apparent emerald-green water. But here wading and swimming is not permitted, totally prohibited.

Next comes a one mile round-trip to Canyon Overlook hike which offers the best view of Pine Creek Canyon and lower Zion Canyon. Angles Landing hike takes 5 mile round-trip, from here also you can get the best overall views of Zion. The trial ascends 2.5 miles with steep bends which joins the western wall. Absolute 1,500 foot drops enfolded the promontory on 3 sides and presents outstanding cross canyon view of the low-hanging of the Zion Canyon and Great-White Throne
A 14 mile round-trip Kolob Arch hike with no drop-offs, but still the hike is very tiring. It leads to La Verkin Creek and Timber Creek and completes at isolated Kolob Arch.

4. Flora and Fauna

The park offers the gorgeous and unique verity of wildflowers and richest plant in Utah, around 900 species and 100 exotics. And the park is home for more than 78 different kinds of species and mammals including coyotes, mule deer, elk, porcupines, and big horn sheep, 17 varieties of bats, and rare mountain lion and black bear. And 291 bird species are living in the Zion wild Park happily including the endangered Peregrine falcons, California condors, bald eagles and Mexican spotted owls.

5. Photo Ops

Take a West Temple picture at dawn, the rust-stained temple gives the best photographic view from the back side of the HHM (Human History Museum), and don’t forget to click the Great White Throne and catch the gorgeous backdrop of the beautiful red-rock canyons.

6. Smart Traveler Planning

The Park Service banned driving cars inside the canyon during the rush season from April to October. In summer you can use bicycles to tour the canyon or take Zion shuttle to go around the canyon, the ride is available from Springdale and inside the Zion Park.

The ZCFI (Zion Canyon Field Institute) encourages educational hiking trips to their students to observe the park’s biology, archaeology and geology. The institute also takes their students for photography hiking tip.

7. Tour outside the Park

The famous Cedar Breaks National Monument located around 75 miles north of the park on the Colorado flat terrain that gives pleasure to visitors to view spires, sculpted hoodoos, and colorful and beautiful wildflowers.

Zion National Park offers outstanding trails and much more excitement for hikers. It has everything for everyone and of every age group. The entire family can have fun at the park. Get the broacher and a map to explore the park for a terrific experience.

Travel To Saint George

 

There is no place on Earth like the American Southwest. It is a place of rugged beauty. Canyons etched by water and wind over millennia offer an experience that cannot be express. St. George, Utah is centrally located to some of the most breath taking vistas anywhere.