Utah’s first national park showcases some pretty unique things here. You can follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. You can gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. You can experience the wilderness in a narrow slot canyon.
Zion’s elevations range from 3,666 to 8,726 feet creating this diverse topography and habitats and species here. This park also has geological features over 250 million years old.
Zion is a pretty national park to check out sometime! If you head out there now, make sure to check out the website for shuttle information and any changes due to the pandemic.
While we wait until we can go and visit a national park, check out a few movies here to enjoy some scenes from a variety of national parks.
Star Wars, A New Hope (1977) – Death Valley National in California – filmed some scenes on Tatooine here as well as some other scenes in the movie
Dances with Wolves (1990) – Badlands National Park in South Dakota- has a variety of scenes there including a pretty, mixed grass prairie landscape scene
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) – Redwoods National and State Parks in California – filmed some scenes here
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) – Zion National Park in Utah – Robert Redford and Paul Newman filmed some scenes here
Star Trek V, The Final Frontier (1989) – Yosemite National Park in California – Captain Kirk decides to climb El Capitan in this film
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) – Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming – featured the tower as the aliens landing site
The Shining (1980) – Glacier National Monument in Montana – filmed the Going-to-the-Sun Road and a few other scenes here and the Overlook Hotel lounge set in the film was modeled after the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park
Into the Wild (2007) – Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska – Sean Penn’s movie based on Jon Krakauer’s book set here
Rocky IV (1985) – Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming – filmed the Tetons as a stand in for scenes with his training in Siberia
Planet of the Apes (1968) – Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Arizona and Utah – filmed the landing site for the astronaut crew there
Forrest Gump (1994) – National Mall in Washington DC – Forrest Gump described this scene as the happiest time of his life takes place here and Forrest also journeyed through Glacier National Park in his adventures
North by Northwest (1959) – Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota – Alfred Hitchcock movie with Cary Grant filmed some scenes here, but the final scene was filmed on a set which looked just like the memorial
E.T. (1982) – Redwoods National and State Parks in California – filmed some scenes here in the forest
Free Solo (2018) – Yosemite National Park in California – filmed the nonfiction movie here about a rock climber’s attempt to climb El Capitan
Enjoy some movies while pretending to be in a national park!