Zion National Park, The first National Park of Utah, embraces a unique array of animals and plants that enchant you as you soak up the rich history of the past and relish the excitement of present-day adventures. Head up to the paths where early native people and pioneers strolled. Admire massive sandstone cliffs of pink, red, and cream soaring into a brilliant blue sky. Come across the wilderness in a narrow slot canyon.
What to See in Zion National Park?
Zion is famous for its geological wonders where the sand and water create the most stunning landscape in the US. Check out below to find out the top attractions in Zion, from big hits like Zion Canyon and the Narrows to the gems many visitors overlook.
One of the most popular hikes and the slimmest section of Zion Canyon in the park is the Narrows. Stroll along the Riverside Walk from the Temple of Sinawava and soak up the Narrows’ towering views and the striated, orange-red canyon. But to move further, you may need to paddle or even swim upstream where the footpath passes into the Virgin River. Since water may rise in some places, it’s recommended to take waterproof shoes and seal any valuables in waterproof bags. If you don’t like the crowds, it’s better to get to the Narrows early.
Zion Canyon Visitor Center
The visitor center is probably the first stop in National Park, where travelers can witness the miniature model of the entire park. The visitor center is a “green building” filled with eco-friendly elements and cooling towers, solar panels, and outdoor shade structures. It also contains a large bookstore and invaluable storage of maps and information about the park. You’ll also find souvenirs to buy.
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
The 57-mile Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is the best option for travelers willing to experience the magnificence of this “white-knuckle drive” park from the comfort and safety of their cars. It passes from the park’s famous landmarks and the Virgin River. From December to February, in the peak season, a free shuttle runs through the park. Soothe your eyes with the stunning views and the park’s wildlife.
Other Things to Do in Zion National Park
- Horseback Riding
How to Get There?
Zion National Park is placed near the east of the midsize city of Saint George in the southwest corner of Utah. Fly into the regional Saint George Airport and drive to the park’s south gate in tourist-friendly Springdale. If looking for a more budget-friendly flight, the Las Vegas McCarran International airport is the best option and the nearest major airport with less than a three-hour drive west of the main gate. Salt Lake City International Airport also offers direct four-hour flights from multiple domestic and foreign destinations with four hours of driving to the park. You can also get to the park from Cedar City Regional airport with a one-hour drive to the park.
When to Visit Zion National Park?
You can visit the Zion National Park year-round that never ceases to be stunning. November to February, the cold subfreezing nights and frequent precipitation during winter is the low season. The busiest time to visit the park is from March to October. The spring and summer by June are the best time to visit the national park.
Dogs are allowed along with parking areas, public paths, picnic areas, the Pa’rus trail, and the Zion Lodge’s grounds. But you may not take your dogs on wilderness areas, on any trails, in public buildings, and on shuttle buses.