On March 30, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act into law designating 124,406 acres of Zion National Park as Wilderness.
What Is Wilderness?
The designation of the backcountry of Zion National Park as Wilderness adds another layer of protection to the wildlands of Zion National Park. The Zion Wilderness Area will be managed under the direction of the 1964 Wilderness Act.
Zion Wilderness Map
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The Wilderness Act
“A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”
“…there shall be no commercial enterprise and no permanent road within any wilderness area designated by this Act and, except as necessary to meet minimum requirements for the administration of the area for the purpose of this Act (including measures required in emergencies involving the health and safety of persons within the area), there shall be no temporary road, no use of motor vehicles, motorized equipment or motorboats, no landing of aircraft, no other form of mechanical transport, and no structure or installation within any such area.”