Your Safety is our priority
We are all inundated with information and notices about COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus). However, the continued global and domestic spread of it is on our minds as each of us experiences the influx of information and daily developments. First and foremost, we hope you and your loved ones are well. As a part of our commitment to the health and well being of our employees, guests and the community, we want to reach out and let you know what to expect from Zion Adventures during this time of concern.
We are doing our part to help slow the spread of the disease and will follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), World Health Organization (WHO), as well as local and U.S. government officials, to quickly adapt and take the necessary precautions.
You can take comfort in knowing that we already have high standards for cleaning and sanitation, but are taking extra measures to sanitize all equipment and frequently touched surfaces in our store and vehicles. For example, in addition to our routine cleaning, we will give extra attention to the seating areas, countertops, keyboards, and door handles multiple times a day. All rental items utilized by guests are already routinely cleaned after each use, and will continue to be thoroughly disinfected. Sanitizing and providing health-promoting resources is just one of the many steps we are taking to maintain a safe environment for us all.
We are continuing to carefully monitor the situation and promote good hygiene practices and illness prevention to our guests and employees. We know education is crucial, and we are keeping our staff updated on what actions they can take to stay healthy and ensure the wellness of those around them.
While we are open and running as normal, we are monitoring and being guided by local, state and government officials. We may adjust normal operating procedures to support recommendations, and will keep you informed of any developments as it relates to our services and the positive experience we want each of our guests to have. As always, above all else, we are committed to the wellness and safety of our staff and guests.
Thank you for trusting us to do all we can during this difficult and concerning time.
Rick Praetzel & Michele Van Hise
Managing Partners, Zion Zion Adventures™
We are proud to be launching a new logo as a part of the ongoing evolution of our brand.
Every year we examine our products and processes, and put them to the litmus test. This is how we stay committed to growth; how we continue to raise our standards; how we create new products and methods to better serve our guests.
We have recently reached some exhilarating milestones.
Our new logo is inspired by the Native American petroglyphs found in our backyard, specifically the spirals and snake-like images you may find in Zion. Although petroglyphs are soft and curving and our mark is sharp and angular, there is a relationship in the flow of the lines. It has something to do with the connected letters and the lack of a cross hatch on what our eye interprets to be an ‘A’. The result is dynamic, crisp, modern and professional. You’ll see it applied in several creative, but purposeful ways as we move forward.
The task before us now will be to introduce it to you. We realize that changing a logo is a process that can involve many steps and take some time. We appreciate your kind support during this exciting transition.
Keep your eyes peeled for our new logo – it’s coming soon.
Spring in Zion is notorious for surprising visitors. Those coming from parts of the country still mired in the depths of winter's hold may be surprised to find the weather has followed them. In my five years of winter exploration in the area, I've had the fortune of experiencing nearly every type of weather possible. From 60s and sunny, to road closures and flooded canyons. This year though seems to be on track for the latter, meaning that many visitors may find themselves puzzled with what they can do when ZIon's most popular destinations, including The Narrows, are inaccessible. Thankfully, Zion Adventure Company has 22 winters under their belt, and with that, all the information you need for a fun, safe, and successful visit.
Anticipating and Understanding Narrows Closures
The Narrows is one of the largest slot canyons in the world and the premier hiking destination in Zion's main canyon. Every year, tens, if not hundreds of thousands of visitors make the trek up the 1 mile Riverside Walk to the gateway of the Narrows, where they choose to enter the Virgin River and begin their Narrows experience.
Seasonal precipitation can have a dramatic effect on the state of Zion Canyon, especially the Virgin River. While the Virgin River typically flows between 30-40 cubic feet per second (cfs) during the Summer season, seasonal run off between the months of March through May can see that flow increase ten fold, leading to both treacherous and unsafe conditions. The National Park Service will close The Narrows when the flow exceeds 150cfs, meaning hikers will not be able to access the hike at this time. This can be a disappointing surprise for visitors, many of whom have planned their entire visit around this experience.
2019 Estimated Spring Conditions
Snow pack in the higher elevations north of the park have historically been the best indicator of the severity of an anticipated Narrows closure. Last year was an outlier and saw very little snow in the area, but if we look back at the winter of 2017, which inevitably lead to a Narrows closure from March 12th through May 27th, we saw a significantly smaller snow pack than what currently exists, meaning it's likely to expect The Narrows to be closed until mid June or later, depending on continued weather developments.
What Else Is There To Do?!
This is the big question. A Narrows closure is a bummer, we know, but there's still so much to do here! If you've made it this far into our site, you've likely discovered the photos and descriptions of many of the amazing adventures we offer in and around Zion National Park. Canyoneering, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking; the list goes on and on.
Zion Adventure Company began in 1996 with the idea that we could share this amazing place we call home with visitors from around the world, by fostering relationships with anyone who came through our door and presenting them with opportunities to intimately explore the truly remarkable landscape that is Zion. Below are some of our favorite adventures that we share with our visitors and work as great alternatives if other destinations are unavailable. Take a look!
"In the past, I have been known to make large sweeping New Year's resolutions. In 2009, I committed to getting healthy and lost over 60 pounds throughout the course of the year. In 2010, I resolved to transfer universities in search of greater passion in learning, and after a semester abroad, I found myself at a new school with a major I was in love with. In 2013, I decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, and spent six months and 2,189-ish miles completing my goal. Then, in 2015, I promised myself I would stand atop Machu Picchu in Peru on New Years Day of the following year. Amazingly, I started 2016 by visiting the ancient ruins after a five day trek through glacial mountain passes and low lying mosquito infested jungles.
"I have this desire in the back of my head, I might even go as far as calling it a goal, to do the Trans-Zion from East to West in a day. For those of you who don’t know what the Trans-Zion is, it is a 47 mile trek that crosses Zion National Park gaining and losing over 6,000ft of elevation linking together many of Zion’s bigger trails. I’ve hiked all of the sections, backpacked parts and even ran portions of it, I’ve never linked it all together in a single day push though. It is one of those objectives that is really easy to make any and all excuses for why not to do it but for some reason it has been quite present in my mind as of late. The only minor hiccup is that I’m only 2.5 months post shoulder surgery at the moment.
To finish off this post, I wanted to share a few of my personal thoughts and goals heading into the new season. 2018 will have me entering my fifth season at ZAC. Those five year have held plenty of adventure, but also a healthy combination of growth, failure, and success. Coming from a midwestern upbringing, I hadn't had much adventuring until my early twenties, when myself and a few friends piled into an old VW Golf and headed west to Canyonlands. From that moment, I was hooked. Now. some ten years later, I'm branching out in new ways.