Zion National Park
Things to Do:
- Hiking - Zion is famous for its remarkable hiking trails. Take an adventurous scramble up to Angels Landing, a relaxing stroll to Weeping Rock, or a family hike on the Emerald Pools Trails, among others.
- Camping - End your day under Zion’s dark skies at any of the campgrounds within or near the park. Dispersed, developed and RV campgrounds are all available, but make your reservation early; campgrounds fill quickly during peak travel months.
- Canyoneering - Looking to add some adrenaline to your vacation? Explore Zion’s most popular canyoneering routes. Be sure to get the details about permits and local guide services ahead of time.
- Horseback riding - Trot through pine forests and red rock views during a horseback riding tour through the park. Local guides offer rides for every experience level, and are available year-round in certain regions of the park.
- Backpacking - Find your way out of the crowds into the park’s tranquil backcountry. Explore Zion’s backpacking camp areas, miles of hiking trails, and preparation resources.
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Where to Stay
Hotels and Lodging
Check out Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort and Zion Mountain Ranch (both offer glamping, camping, vacation rentals, and hotel rooms) and Best Western Thunderbird Lodge located in Mt. Carmel Junction (approx. 13 miles from the park).
South Campground and Watchman Campground are the nearest to Zion’s primary entrance on scenic S.R. 9, just outside of Springdale. The Lava Point Campground is further north, about an hour outside of Zion canyon on Kolob Terrace Road. If the park’s campgrounds are full, or you’re looking for something a little more secluded, there are several campgrounds to choose from just outside the park.
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Discover the Zion Region
Zion’s striking landscape may be what brought you here, but the journey shouldn’t end there. The region surrounding Zion National Park is full of serene landscapes, charming towns, and new adventures. Paddle along some of Lake Powell’s 2,000 miles of shoreline, or spend some time meandering through Kanab - they’re both easily within reach. Be sure to see these nearby towns, state parks, and local-favorite destinations while you’re here.
Brian Head Resort | 1 hour 30 minutes from Zion
Cedar Breaks National Monument | 1 hour 45 minutes from Zion
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park | 1 hour from Zion
Dixie National Forest | 45 minutes from Zion to Red Cliffs
Glen Canyon and Lake Powell | 1 hour 45 minutes from Zion
Snow Canyon State Park | 1 hour from Zion
For the best experience, arrive early and take the Zion National Park shuttle.
Always hike respectfully and carry extra water and sun protection.
The distinctive red asphalt of the Zion–Mt. Carmel Highway leads through a narrow 1.1-mile tunnel to lesser-known hikes near the East Entrance. Fee for large RVs, with limits.
More travel tips for visiting Zion National Park
May–October visitors will encounter highs in Zion from 90–100+°F. Escape the heat by getting in the river or stopping in the visitor center or museum. Afternoon thunderstorms occasionally drench the canyon — which can lead to flash floods in the narrowest sections of the canyon. Expect somewhat cooler temperatures (sometimes up to 30 degrees difference) early in the morning and late in the evening, as well as in early spring and late fall. Though winter days can be cold, the park is open, serene and beautiful.
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Zion National Park