Winter Activities in Zion
Zion National Park offers fantastic hiking opportunities year-round. When selecting a trail for a winter hiking adventure, be sure to check conditions and be aware shadier hikes are likely to be icier. Choose a hike like the Riverside Walk, Pa’rus Trail or Lower Emerald Pool Trail, or opt for an even more challenging adventure. The park offers plenty of hiking trails for every level of hiker. Beware of icy patches, especially on steep trails and those with drop-offs. Traction devices may make hiking easier and safer. Also, be aware of ice that could fall from canyon walls above and use caution.
The Narrows should only be attempted by well-prepared and outfitted hikers, but is possible with support from local outfitters in Springdale.
Winter is a photographer’s dream in Zion National Park. Shorter days make it easy to catch both sunrise and sunset as the red rock walls transform into a swimming sea of golden and fiery hues with red, orange, yellow and purple dancing on the landscape. The soft winter luminescence provides a contrast to summer’s strong light.
Since winter is a less crowded season, photographers will have an easier time taking images of iconic locations without getting too many other visitors in the shot. Please always be mindful of the land and other visitors when taking photos. Photography tours and guides are available throughout the region for those who want to learn more about the art.
Night sky-friendly light fixtures are in place throughout Zion National Park, casting light downward in order to preserve the dark night sky. The park is a perfect location for stargazing and taking time to look up in amazement. Pa’rus Trail is a favorite paved path for viewing. The park encourages people to stick to paved front country paths for sky viewing to avoid nocturnal encounters with wildlife, cliffs, drop-offs and other dangers. Make sure you bring a light with you and select a location where you can easily return to your car (such as a paved path) for safe viewing.