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Zion Human History Museum

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.


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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale $99
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale

792 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Zion National Park South Entrance, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of DeZion Gallery and Zion National Park South Entrance. Zion National Park and Tanner Amphitheater are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Cable Mountain Lodge $201
    Cable Mountain Lodge

    Cable Mountain Lodge

    147 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Zion National Park South Entrance, this beachfront hotel is in a national park and within a 10-minute walk of Zion National Park South Entrance and Zion Canyon Visitor Center. Zion Human History Museum is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

      Cliffrose Springdale, Curio Collection by Hilton $271
      Cliffrose Springdale, Curio Collection by Hilton

      Cliffrose Springdale, Curio Collection by Hilton

      281 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Zion National Park South Entrance hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zion National Park and Zion National Park South Entrance. Zion Canyon Visitor Center and Tanner Amphitheater are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Zion Canyon Lodge $98
        Zion Canyon Lodge

        Zion Canyon Lodge

        990 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Zion National Park South Entrance, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from DeZion Gallery and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Zion National Park South Entrance. Tanner Amphitheater and Zion National Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Bumbleberry Inn $111
          Bumbleberry Inn

          Bumbleberry Inn

          97 Bumbleberry Lane, Springdale, UT
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            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 Zion Canyon Visitor Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites $139
            Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites

            Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites

            668 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Zion National Park South Entrance, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of DeZion Gallery and Zion National Park South Entrance. Zion National Park and Zion Canyon Visitor Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Pioneer Lodge $104
              Pioneer Lodge

              Pioneer Lodge

              838 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Zion National Park South Entrance, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of DeZion Gallery and Zion National Park South Entrance. Tanner Amphitheater and Zion National Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Desert Pearl Inn $251
                Desert Pearl Inn

                Desert Pearl Inn

                707 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Zion National Park South Entrance, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of DeZion Gallery and Zion National Park South Entrance. Zion National Park and Zion Canyon Visitor Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).