Zion Human History Museum

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Marvel at the stories of people who lived in seemingly barren lands and created a lasting impact in this northern Utah national park.

Visit the Zion Human History Museum to learn about the people who lived and worked in this fascinating land that is now a popular national park. While travelers generally come to Zion National Park to view the spectacular landscapes of colorful cliffs, there is plenty to see besides geology.

Study artifacts showing that people lived in the area as early as 7000 B.C. Early Native Americans include the Puebloan Anasazi, Fremont and Southern Paiute cultures. Mormons arrived in the region in the 1850s and their descendants still run farms nearby.

The museum has several permanent exhibits. In one interesting display, begin to understand how the effects of water have impacted the geology of Utah. Rain and ice contributed to the erosion that created the ridges and valleys along the Virgin River. Water creates the falls along several popular hikes, trickling or roaring, depending on the season. Water supports the plant and animal life throughout the park and provided sustenance for the humans who braved life in these rugged lands.

Another permanent exhibit chronicles Zion’s history as a park. It was first made a national monument in 1909 to protect the canyon and was named a national park in 1919. Learn about its evolution, including 9 years following the Great Depression when young men were employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps to upgrade trails and build campgrounds, creating the welcoming areas you can enjoy today.

View the temporary exhibits that pull from the Museum Collections’ vast archives of more than 290,000 objects. Old park photographs, the history of the Union Pacific Railroad and Zion art have featured in past exhibits. Watch a free 22-minute video providing a park overview. Ask rangers questions and purchase books, maps and posters in the museum bookstore.

Come to the Zion Human History Museum daily from mid-March through October. The museum is closed from November to early March. Use the Zion Canyon Shuttle System during busy times or drive 0.5 mile (0.8 kilometers) from the Zion National Park south entrance or 11 miles (18 kilometers) from the east entrance. The park is near Springdale, Utah, just north of the Arizona border.

Top Hotels Close to Zion Human History Museum

Zion Canyon Lodge
Zion Canyon Lodge
3 out of 5
990 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT
The price is $75 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Zion National Park South Entrance, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of DeZion Gallery, Zion National Park, and Zion National Park South Entrance. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (963 reviews)
"We stayed in the 'family suite' it was very spacious (for 2) , included a stove top, microwave, cook ware, and refrigerator. Check in and check out were smooth and easy. It was conveniently located close to Sol Foods Market and Meme's. We did have one minor concern; on our last day there we woke ..."

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Zion Canyon Lodge
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale
3 out of 5
792 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
The price is $109 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Zion National Park South Entrance, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of DeZion Gallery, Zion National Park, and Zion National Park South Entrance. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,502 reviews)
"Beautiful setting and architecture that blends"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale
Bumbleberry Inn
Bumbleberry Inn
3 out of 5
97 Bumbleberry Lane, Springdale, UT
The price is $77 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Located in Zion National Park South Entrance, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of DeZion Gallery and Tanner Amphitheater. Zion National Park South Entrance and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,638 reviews)
"Fantastic place to stay. Friendly staff, the view, the cleanliness and the hot tub. Everything was awesome"

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Bumbleberry Inn
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Zion Canyon Lodge
Zion Canyon Lodge
3 out of 5
990 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT
The price is $75 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale
3 out of 5
792 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
The price is $109 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale
Bumbleberry Inn
Bumbleberry Inn
3 out of 5
97 Bumbleberry Lane, Springdale, UT
The price is $77 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Bumbleberry Inn
Cliffrose Springdale, Curio Collection by Hilton
Cliffrose Springdale, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
281 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
The price is $203 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Cliffrose Springdale, Curio Collection by Hilton
Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites
Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
668 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
The price is $109 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites
Flanigan's Inn
Flanigan's Inn
3 out of 5
450 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
The price is $109 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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Majestic View Lodge at Zion National Park
Majestic View Lodge at Zion National Park
3 out of 5
2400 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
The price is $77 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Majestic View Lodge at Zion National Park
Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion National Park Area, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion National Park Area, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1215 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
The price is $85 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion National Park Area, an IHG Hotel
Cable Mountain Lodge
Cable Mountain Lodge
3 out of 5
147 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT
Cable Mountain Lodge
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