The Ultimate Southwest Vacation includes Zion National Park, Utah!
Stay in Mount Carmel Junction, the heart of the parks, and
visit the treasures of the Southwest.
Zion Park 12 miles
Grand Staircase 9 miles
Sand Dunes 11 miles
Dixie Forest 22 miles
Cedar Breaks 45 miles
Red Canyon 47 miles
Coyote Butte 57 miles
Bryce Canyon 60 miles
North Rim 85 miles
Toroweap 90 miles
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In these pages you will find insiders information on Zion National
Park lodging, adventures and hikes. This detailed guide includes road maps, park
maps, pictures, trail beta, backpacking, history, fees, geology, flora, fauna,
campgrounds, things for kids to do and even information on Zion's hidden treasures.
Making summer memories in the Utah National Parks and National
Directions to Zion National Park From Salt Lake City: Travel I-15 south, past Beaver.
Exit on Hwy 20. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take U-9 to Zion's east
entrance. From Arizona: Travel 89A through Fredonia, Arizona
and Kanab Utah. Follow US-89 to to Mount Carmel Junction. Take U-9 to the east
park entrance. From Las Vegas: Travel I-15 north. Take exit 16 and
travel through Hurricane. Make a right on U-9 at the second traffic light in
LaVerkin. Continue on U-9 to the south entrance of the park. U-9 through Zion
National Park is always open and is also called the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway.
Gear: A sturdy pair of shoes are recommend to hike the trails in Zion National
Park. Many quality shoes will help grip the rocks and prevent injury. Experienced
Zion hikers and canyoneers like the La Sportiva Exum Ridge. This shoe is great
for hiking, bouldering and canyoneering.
located on the high desert of southern Zion National Park , is an
easy hike that can be done in the winter when many of Zion's other trails are closed due to ice and snow. Petrified-wood, can be found in select areas of this hike, including at the end of the trail. Keep in mind that you are in a National Park and collecting anything like this is forbidden by the NPS.
Photo Album: Huber Wash Pictures
Trail Maps: Huber Wash Map
Map: South Zion Trail Map
Day Hike: Yes Distance: 4 miles round-trip. Average Hiking Time: 3 hours Pack Animals: Group size is limited to six animals. Contact the park for limitations. Difficulty: This moderate route is through a wash. Although considered moderate because it is a route rather than a trail it has little elevation change and is not taxing. Total Vertical Gain: 310' Permits:
Required only if camping. Campers may only stay in one location for one night. Trailhead: Just west of Rockville. Drive about 6 miles south of the south entrance to Zion. Look for the "Huber Wash" sign.
Park 100 yards west of the Huber Wash sign if driving from Rockville. Trailend: Same as the trailhead. Trail Access: The route begins just off Highway 9, so it is always open but when the land is wet its uncomfortable to hike this wash. Off the Beaten Path: Yes, the route is outside the popular section of Zion. Classic Zion Hike: No Best Season: Late fall until late spring.
Only hike this trail when its dry as it tends to get muddy and slippery. Park near the "Huber Wash" sign, seen from Highway 9, Just west of Rockville. The sign is located about 6 miles from of the south entrance to Zion. From the "Huber Wash" sign you can see a gate. Pass through and be sure to close the gate behind you. Immediately after passing the gate, head to the right (east) paralleling route 9 . There is a path of use that leads toward the Huber Wash. Follow the beaten path 100 yards and down into the wash. Turn north (left) once arriving at the bottom of Huber Wash and follow the dry wash . After about .3 miles of hiking in the wash the Park Boundary is marked with a fence and hikers gate just above the wash on the left. Close this gate behind you. Beyond the gate is the national park boundary. Mount Kinesava is the mountain range in the distance. The Rockville Bench is to the southeast.
Continue upstream, staying in the main wash. Do not wander out of the wash, to avoid damaging delicate cryptobiotic soil. Look for petrified wood throughout this hike, however scavengers have stolen most of the small pieces. After an easy 2- mile hike the wash ends in an alcove or dryfall. At times there is a nice waterfall in the alcove, but there is always a nice display of vegetation growing in the alcove. In the winter there can be icicles hanging on the sides.
Be sure to look for the petrified log-jam on the right side of the wash.
Petrify means to "turn to stone." Petrified wood is a fossil of a woody plant that has changed over a long period of time. The conditions in this wash were right for it to form. Please leave it where it lays so all visitors may enjoy it.
*Cryptobiotic soil is one of the oldest living forms of life. If damaged it can take several decades to repair itself. The crusty ground cover is made up of mostly cyanobacteria, but algae, lichens, moss, bacteria and microfungi are also involved in the makeup. Long ago these were responsible for changing the earths original atmosphere one that is filled with life sustaining oxygen.