Zion National Park

It is believed the first people to explore what is now Zion National Park entered the canyon looking for food. Thousands of years later more than 4 million people come from around the world to feed more than their bodies. Most visitors today come to nourish their souls.

Get the most of your time in Zion by doing homework and figuring out what goals you have while visiting the park. Be realistic about the time it will take to complete your list by considering delays due to crowds. Be clear about your own physical limitations and don’t push yourself to exhaustion. Recognizing these challenges will make your trip more memorable for all the right reasons. Don’t let poor shoes, sunburn or dehydration ruin your long-planned adventure.

Scheduling on the safe side of time allowed, rather than the short side, will make the experience more relaxing for you and other visitors in the park. Being in Zion should not be rushing about trying to complete every trail in the park. It took eons for the place to be created. Take time to reflect on the intricate mysteries of Zion and you may learn a little about yourself and those with you on the journey.

Whether you are trying to catch your breath while climbing the incredible trail to Observation Point or watching the shadows constantly change the mood of the Court of the Patriarchs, Zion National Park is always ready to quench your appetite for outdoor wonder.

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    North Guardian Angel | Photo: Joe Newman/Visit St. George

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    Kolob Terrace Road

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    A postcard backdrop to the welcoming town of Springdale, Utah

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    Emerald Pools | Photo: Bill Ratcliff/Visit St. George

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    Weeping Rock

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    Kolob Canyon

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    Bird's-eye view of Angels Landing from the Deertrap Mountain trail | NPS Photo

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    Zion Canyon in autumn

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    Checkerboard Mesa

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    Entrance from Springdale

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    Kolob Terrace Road | Photo: Joe Newman/Visit St. George

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    moon rising

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    Observation Point

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    Photo: David Pettit/Visit St. George

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    Zion Lodge | Photo: Hage Photo

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    Pine Valley Peak | Photo: Joe Newman/Visit St. George

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    The Watchman Trail | Photo: Hage Photo

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    Eastern entrance in winter | Photo: Hage Photo

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    Temple of Sinawava winter | Photo: Hage Photo

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    Hiking the Narrows in winter | Photo: Hage Photo

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    The Narrows in winter | Photo: Hage Photo

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    Dry suit flotation technique | Photo: Hage Photo

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    Breakfast Falls | David Pettit/Visit St. George

Zion Planning Guide

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Zion National Park


Springdale, Utah 84767