Welcome to Zion National Park and Southwestern Utah!
May 16-19, 2014

The 2014 APS rendezvous will be headquartered at Springdale, UT, with a backdrop of Zion National Park. Those who join in this APS annual event will see many penstemons and other native flora of southwestern Utah at a prime time for comfortable temperatures and unsurpassed desert color. Formal tours during this event will be held in Zion National Park, and a loop which will pass near Cedar City, Old Iron Town, Enterprise, Snow Canyon, and the edge of the Mojave Desert in Utah; where we will see a diverse variety of penstemons and other native plants.

For the first time in APS history, we will meet with the Utah Native Plant Society and its Southwestern Chapter based out of Springdale, UT. This rendezvous will be a fabulous opportunity for both societies to mingle and meet new aficionados of our native plants.

The Region

Zion Canyon was first set aside as Mukuntuweap National Monument in 1909 and later renamed Zion National Park in 1919 (Utah’s first official national park). Southern Utah is America’s national park capital with Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zions along with Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Besides these national parks there are other spectacular natural wonders within a short drive from Zion. Two unforgettable sites are Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and Cedar Breaks National Monument, both north of Zion. Also, just a short distance to the south from Zion you can visit Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park. This scenic region of the southwestern US is a geological and ecological wonder where the natural flora and fauna are phenomenally diverse.

Meeting Dates

The 2014 APS rendezvous is scheduled for Friday, May 16 to Sunday May 18, 2014. An optional post-meeting tour is being planned for Monday May 19 to potentially see two extra penstemon species (P. ammophilus and P. bracteatus) which have very narrow endemic distributions. The end of this post-conference tour will leave you in the immediate vicinity of Bryce Canyon National Park and within an hour’s drive of Escalante, which is at the center of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.


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Travel to Zion National Park

Zion National Park can be reached via air or ground transportation. You can fly into St. George, UT Municipal Airport (54 miles from Springdale, UT and Zion’s South Entrance) or Cedar City Regional Airport (58 miles from Springdale). More adventurous travelers may wish to fly into Salt Lake City International Airport (312 miles from Springdale) or Las Vegas, NV McCarran International Airport (169 miles from Springdale) and rent a vehicle to tour the region. The smaller airports are serviced by fewer air carriers while the Salt Lake and Las Vegas airports support multiple airlines.


Please make your own reservations for lodging. We have arranged for reduced rates and reserved rooms at the two establishments listed below. Furthermore, there are over 20 motels, hotels, inns, or bed and breakfasts in Springdale and Rockville (a sister community slightly west of Springdale). At the publication date, there are still plenty of rooms left. HOWEVER, mid-May is a very busy time of year, so it would be wise to make your reservations very early.

We have reduced rates at the following establishments. In both instances you will need to reserve the room using a credit card.

Click here to navigate to a page detailing registration, travel, meals, lodging, and agenda as well as the online payment module.
Click here to download the snail mail registration form.