• Temples and Towers of the Virgin

    Zion

    National Park Utah

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  • Early Fall Shuttle Schedule

    Starting September 7, the last shuttle leaves the Temple of Sinawava at 8:30 pm. More »

  • Trail Closures Extended

    Monday to Thursday through 10/3: The East Rim Trail from Weeping Rock to Echo Canyon, including Hidden Canyon, is closed.
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Grasses of the Hanging Gardens

Common reed (Phragmites australis).

Common reed (Phragmites australis).

Grasses can also be found in Zion’s famous hanging garden plant communities growing around seeps and springs. Here you will find the beautiful feathery jones reedgrass (Calamagrostis scopulorum). Common along The Narrows, this clump forming grass with its drooping leaves grows right out of cracks and crevices in wet habitats.
Another wet site species found in Zion is the common reed (Phragmites australis). Although plume-like flower heads adorn the top of 10 feet tall stems, common reed often reproduces vegetatively from its spreading roots. Look for it on the Watchman Trail, where it forms dense stands in the wet seep the trails goes through.

Did You Know?

Pa'rus Trail

Zion National Park has a trail where pets are allowed. The Pa'rus Trail winds along the Virgin River for 2 miles at the entrance to Zion Canyon and is also a bicycle path More...