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December 17, 2014
Two of Three Wild-Hatched Condors Have Fledged
Program biologists from The Peregrine Fund and Zion National Park have confirmed that two California condor chicks have left their nests and taken flight in northern Arizona, but hopes of a third chick successfully reaching the fledgling milestone in southern Utah have been dashed by a lack of visual observation. The third chick was Utah’s first wild-hatched condor chick.

December 08, 2014
Zion National Park Accepting Comments on Proposed Increase in Recreational Fees
Zion National Park and other National Park Service units that collect entrance fees and recreation fees from park visitors are beginning public engagement to seek comments on possible changes in park fees.

November 21, 2014
Pile Burning Planned in Zion National Park
Zion Fire Management is planning to burn debris piles in the Lava Point vicinity beginning Monday, November 24, if weather conditions allow.

November 06, 2014
Zion Celebrates Native American Heritage Month with Paiute Yucca Demonstration
This program will highlight the incredible variety of uses and traditions associated with yucca.

October 31, 2014
The Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational is November 3-9, 2014
Artists will be painting at several locations throughout the park as well as holding demonstrations on the back porch of the Zion Human History Museum

October 23, 2014
2013 Conviction at Zion National Park Serves as a Reminder to Commercial Photography Guides
Zion National Park reminds guiding companies that they need a Commercial Use Authorization to lead groups into the park and that under no circumstances can commercial businesses lead groups into the park’s Wilderness.

October 21, 2014
Climbing Fatality Name Released
The cause of the incident is currently under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the National Park Service.

October 20, 2014
Climber Dies after Fall at Zion National Park
This is the fourth fatal accident in the park for 2014 and the eighth climbing fatality since 1983.

October 15, 2014
Zion National Park Announces its 2015 Artists-in-Residence
These artists were selected from a large pool of applicants representing a broad spectrum of art forms

September 29, 2014
Zion National Park Releases Name of Deceased Hiker
The name of the deceased hiker that was found by park rangers yesterday in the Zion Canyon Narrows in has been identified.

September 28, 2014
Body of Overdue Hiker Found in Zion Narrows
The name of the deceased is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.

September 27, 2014
Some Zion National Park Roads Reopen After Flooding
Kolob Canyons Scenic Drive and State Route 9 in the park remains closed due to flood damage.

September 27, 2014
Zion National Park Roads Temporarily Closed Due to Flooding
Zion National Park roads are currently closed due to flooding from heavy rains this morning.

September 26, 2014
Las Vegas Students Experience Zion National Park Thanks to Concrete to Canyons Program
Over the next five weeks, 110 elementary students from Las Vegas are participating in a three-day, two-night experience at Zion National Park called Concrete to Canyons.

September 24, 2014
Jeff Bradybaugh Returns to Zion National Park as Site Manager
This marks the return to Zion National Park for Bradybaugh, having previously served there as the chief of resource management and research.

September 11, 2014
Trail Closures on East Rim Extended until October 2, 2014
Following two major rain events this month, Zion National Park is forced to push back the weekday reopening of the East Rim Trail from September 19th to October 3rd.

September 09, 2014
Zion Fully Reopens Following Major Flooding Event
Water levels on the Virgin River in Zion National Park rose from 174 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 4,790 cfs in a matter of hours today.

July 22, 2014
Tourism to Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and Pipe Spring National Monuments Created $175.5 Million in Economic Benefit in 2013
That spending supported 2,155 jobs in the local area.

July 18, 2014
Injured Canyoneer Short-Hauled from Imlay Canyon
Zion Search and Rescue worked to reach an injured hiker in Imlay Canyon and brought him out safely for medical attention.

July 15, 2014
Biologists Catch First Glimpse of Condor Chick in Utah
Biologists from several agencies and groups have focused their attention on a remote rock cavity at Zion National Park. Inside the cavity, the biologists were hoping a pair of California condors had hatched an egg. Their hopes were realized on June 25 when a condor chick made its first appearance on the edge of the nest.

June 30, 2014
Zion National Park Increases Drunk Driving Enforcement over the Holiday Weekend
Zion National Park will enhance the enforcement of impaired driving over the Fourth of July weekend through expanded DUI checkpoints and increased road patrols.

June 18, 2014
Zion National Park Solicits Concession Proposals for Guided Interpretive Horseback Rides in Park
The new 10-year concession contract is anticipated to take effect January 1, 2015.

June 17, 2014
Fire Restrictions to be Implemented in Zion National Park
Campfires prohibited in Watchman and South Campgrounds

June 04, 2014
Utah’s First Condor Chick? Could Be the First in the State Since Reintroduction
Wildlife conservation and public land management agencies optimistically reports that a California condor has apparently hatched in the wild in the state of Utah for the first time since the population was released.

May 30, 2014
Zion National Park Received Record Visitation for Memorial Day Weekend
Zion National Park received a record number of visitors for the 2014 Memorial Day weekend. Over the four-day weekend, visitation was approximately 80,000, representing a 20 percent increase over 2013.

May 23, 2014
Zion National Park Accepting 2015 Artist-in-Residence Applications
Four artists will be selected for two spring and two fall residency slots

May 16, 2014
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Grant Awarded to Zion National Park and Pipe Spring National Monument
Zion and Pipe Spring are partnering with Utah Clean Cities Coalition (UCCC) to replace three petroleum-powered fleet vehicles with two plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and one all-electric vehicle.

May 15, 2014
Lower Emerald Pool Trail Closed on Thursday, May 22, for Trail Repairs
Visitors will still be able reach the Lower Emerald Pool by hiking the Kayenta Trail

May 08, 2014
Two Zion National Park Rangers Receive Valor Awards
In recognition of their quick actions and willingness to place themselves in positions of danger in an effort to save the life of another, Zion National Park Rangers Craig Thexton and Therese Picard are receiving Department of Interior Valor Awards

May 05, 2014
Drone Harasses Bighorn Sheep at Zion National Park
Rangers have seen a large increase in the use of drones within the park

March 28, 2014
Trail Closures on East Rim, Observation Point and Hidden Canyon Trails in Summer, 2014
Trail work will begin in early June.

March 25, 2014
Zion National Park BASE Jumper Recovered and Identified
At approximately 11:00 am, March 25, 2014, a Search and Rescue (SAR) team consisting of members from Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and several volunteer climbers recovered a BASE jumper’s body from the West Temple area.

March 24, 2014
Second BASE Jumping Fatality at Zion National Park
This is the second BASE jumping fatality in Zion in just over a month.

March 13, 2014
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive Traffic Control during the Last Three Weekends of March
Zion National Park’s shuttle bus system does not begin operation until April 1, 2014.

March 03, 2014
Zion NP, Cedar Breaks NM and Pipe Spring NM Tourism Creates $193 Million in Local Economic Benefit
Report shows visitor spending supports 2,394 jobs in local economy

February 22, 2014
Bicyclist Seriously Injured after Eight Attempt to Illegally Bicycle Through Zion Tunnel
A group of eight bicyclists from Salt Lake City attempted to illegally bicycle through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel in Zion National Park. Two of the bicyclists hit the tunnel wall and crashed.

February 21, 2014
Zion National Park Announces 2014 Schedule of Climbing Closures
Climbing routes on cliffs used by nesting Peregrine Falcons in Zion National Park will be temporarily closed beginning March 1, 2014, in order to protect the nesting success of this bird which is in recovery from endangered species status.

February 20, 2014
Zion National Park Announces Approval of River Management Plan
Zion National Park is pleased to announce the completion of the Virgin River Comprehensive Management Plan and the signing of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), providing protection for 144 miles of designated wild and scenic rivers within Zion National Park.

February 19, 2014
Waste Removal Work to Briefly Close Scout Lookout, Angels Landing and the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
Zion National Park will temporarily close access to Scout Lookout and Angels Landing between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20 and Monday, February 24, 2014 for a waste removal operation.

February 19, 2014
Artist-in-Residence to Present at Canyon Community Center in Springdale, Utah
Landscape photographer and Zion National Park Artist-in-Residence, Rick Braveheart, will present on his residency experience at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale, Utah.

February 14, 2014
Zion National Park and UDWR to Manage Bighorn Sheep
Zion National Park, in conjunction with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR), proposes to perform management actions on desert bighorn sheep within the park.

February 09, 2014
BASE Jumper Fatality in Zion National Park
A BASE jumper died from a failed jumping attempt off Mount Kinesava on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

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