Unfortunately, there’s also been widespread vandalism, of which there are a few different types. The vandals scratch and carve into the rocks or use spray paint, markers, and stickers.
Zion National Park is in southern Utah, near Springdale. It’s also close to Las Vegas or Salt Lake City. The park is at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert.
The closest place to stay is the Zion Lodge, located inside the park. However, Springdale is the nearest city with a variety of hotels for different budgets. A seven-day entrance pass for a single vehicle is $35, a motorcycle is $30, a pedestrian or bicycle is $20, and under 15 years old are free. There are a variety of wilderness and camping permits also, so it’s a good idea to check the website for specifics.
Fall is the golden season at Zion, with cooler weather and beautiful fall color. Winter is the least crowded, but you’ll need to dress warmly and use caution due to heavy snow and freezing temperatures.
Vandalism destroys the natural beauty of our national parks, which are some of the last places we can explore the untainted glory of our country. When a vandal defaces the park, they destroy sites that have taken a millennium to create. Vandalism can also harm or kill protected wildlife. The consequences of this can be devastating for generations.
You can call or text this investigative services branch tip line – 888-653-0009. You can report it online at nps.gov/ISB and click “submit a tip.” If it’s an emergency, you should call 911. Visitors have the power to make positive changes against vandalism.