Must-Do Zion National Park

Opportunities to see and explore Zion National Park abound for people of all ages and abilities, from the scenic byways that slice through the park to the trails that wind through the backcountry. Wildlife watchers can stop at numerous lookouts and search the sky for Zion’s more than 200 bird species, while hikers can strap on their boots and venture out on trails ranging from easy interpretive nature walks to lengthy, challenging hikes through narrow slot canyons. Here's a snapshot of the must-do adventures in Zion National Park.

See the full descriptions by following the links then return to the Zion home page to explore the Zion family and adventure guides, including more detail about the famous Angels Landing and Narrows hikes of Zion National Park.

Must-Do Zion Guide


Hikers of all abilities will find trails that lead to sweeping vistas, clear pools, natural arches, and narrow canyons. Angels Landing and the Narrows are among the best hikes not only in Zion National Park, but frequently make top ten hikes lists across all the national parks. Remember, it’s a good idea to stop in the Visitor Center to consult with a ranger about conditions before setting out. Read more.

Scenic Driving

It’s not necessary to venture off the road to experience the wonders of Zion National Park. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, Zion Park Scenic Byway and Kolob Fingers Road Scenic Byway are three must-drive roads in Zion National Park, including the lesser-visited Kolob Canyons section. Read more.  


Hotels and lodges are great, but if you really want to immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Zion National Park, then camping is a great way to do it. Watchman Campground and South Campground are located in Zion Canyon and are quite popular so either make a reservation (Watchman only) or show up early in the day to get a site. Read more.

Birding and Wildlife Watching

With more than 200 species of birds, Zion National Park is a birder’s paradise. The Peregrine falcon, the bald eagle, and the California condor are all found in the 232 square mile sanctuary of Zion, nesting and resting in their native habitat without being disturbed. The threatened Mexican spotted owl also calls Zion home. Read more.

Canyoneering and Rock Climbing

Canyoneering is also one of the more popular things to do in Zion. However, it is a serious endeavor that often involves rappelling, swimming, and other skills. Those interested in canyoneering should contact one of the guide services that teach courses and lead trips into the park. Read more.