St. George & Zion Nat. Park Utah 4/13/18

Natural History Wanderings

submitted by Ter Sullivan

It’s early spring at the 3000-ft elevation of the fastest growing town in the state, where desert marigold and apricot mallow are reaching their full bloom. Snow Canyon State Park ($6) is a must-see if you go in the next two weeks. You’ll receive a detailed full-color trail map with your paid admission. Even if you’re not a hiker, the spectacular geology is worth the trip. Most of the land near St. George is under BLM management, and the hiking trails are clearly marked. At the present time, expect full flowering of desert tobacco, Utah milkvetch, brittlebush (on the Nevada side of Hwy 15), and desert marigold. Later spring flowering is likely three to four weeks away at higher elevations in Zion National Park, about an hour and twenty minutes from St. George. Only a few early flowers are in full swing in Zion, including golden…

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