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Welcome to Zion National Park

“Zion” translates to “sanctuary” in Hebrew, and that’s exactly what most find here in Southwestern Utah. The Virgin River has carved an immense sandstone canyon, pineclad and some 2,000 feet (610 meters) deep—you’ll want your finger on the shutter even before entering the park though, as you zigzag down the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. Once you’re on foot, there’s a long list of things to do here, including hiking to the Emerald Pools, getting your feet wet in The Narrows, or making the sky-high climb to Angel’s Landing, perhaps the wildest trek of all.

Top 11 attractions in Zion National Park

The Narrows

One of Zion National Park’s most famous hikes, The Narrows are the narrowest section of Zion Canyon, with sandstone walls reaching 1,000 feet (305 meters) high and sometimes 20 feet (6 meters) across. The Virgin River flows underfoot for most of this adventurous trek—be prepared to get wet.More

Emerald Pools

At the aptly named Emerald Pools, a verdant stream connects a series of three fresh water pools—a picturesque contrast to the earthy red cliffs that dominate Zion National Park. Three hiking trails access the pools, ranging from a short paved route to a more strenuous loop. Flowing waterfalls and crystal-clear pools make this a must-visit spot.More

Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is the main artery through Zion National Park. Winding along the Virgin River, the two-lane road is lined with vista points, river access spots, trailheads, and photo opportunities. The route is so popular that, during the busy season, it is only accessible by a park shuttle.More

Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel

Upon completion in 1930, the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel was the longest tunnel in the rural US. The 1.1-mile (1.8-kilometer) tunnel serves as the unofficial entrance to the east side of Zion National Park, allowing easy passage between Zion, Bryce Canyon, and the north rim of the Grand Canyon along the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway—a national historic landmark.More

Angels Landing

The hike to the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park ranks among the most famous in the world. It’s only moderately challenging until the final half mile, when the trail becomes precipitous and the narrowness of the path—not to mention sheer drop-offs to either side—offers an additional mental challenge. Visitors who make it to the top are rewarded with spectacular views.More

Weeping Rock Trail

While you might want to cry at Zion’s beauty, save the weeping for the natural springs that trickle down Zion Canyon. At this popular stop along the canyon drive, a paved trail climbs for half a mile up the canyon wall, and provides views of a spring that slowly drips towards the Virgin River below. The water that seeps from the vertical cliff face has been trapped in the walls for years, and while the flow is rarely more than a trickle, large icicles can form in winter and hang from the multi-hued cliffs. After a heavy rain or thunderstorm, a torrential waterfall can sometimes form high on the canyon walls, and the rocky alcove at the top of the trail offers a panoramic vantage point for viewing the water and the valley floor below. While standing beneath the undercut rock, look out towards the other side of the valley where the Great White Throne thrusts its way above the surrounding spires. Though “weeping walls” are fairly common in Zion National Park, the Weeping Rock trail is short and accessible for all different types of travelers.More

Virgin River

The Virgin River flows through the heart of Zion National Park and can be credited with carving out the magnificent Zion Canyon. So, whether it’s the spectacular views from the top of Angel’s Landing or the colorful slot canyon known as The Narrows, these national treasures would not exist without the hard work of the Virgin River.More

Court of the Patriarchs

Named after the biblical figures of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the sandstone cliffs known as the Court of the Patriarchs are popular among photographers, rock climbers, and early risers. A visit here doesn’t require much time on its own, but it’s an accessible vantage point for capturing the beauty of the awe-inspiring Zion National Park.More

Zion Canyon

Towering rock formations, colorful slot canyons, and a maze of hiking trails make Zion Canyon the heart of activity in Zion National Park. The Virgin River courses through the green valley floor and painted sandstone cliffs, creating a desert oasis that draws hoards of visitors to the scenic park.More
Kolob Arch

Kolob Arch

Deep in the backcountry of the northwestern section of Zion National Park, Kolob Arch is a natural wonder that’s worth the all day hike. Spanning 287 ft. Kolob Arch is the world’s second longest naturally occurring arch—and only three feet shorter than Landscape Arch at Arches National Park. The arch is an iconic symbol of the park that encapsulates its rugged beauty, although reaching the arch requires 14 miles of hiking through isolated wilderness. Despite the length of the total journey—which can often take up to 12 hours—the hike to the arch is a revered pilgrimage for backcountry enthusiasts and hikers. Should you choose to hike to Kolob Arch, be sure to pack along plenty of water and be comfortable with hiking at the high altitude. The trailhead begins over 6,000 feet, and spring and fall are the best months for comfort and milder weather.More
Zion Human History Museum

Zion Human History Museum

Zion may have become a national park in November of 1919, but the history of humans walking through these canyons dates back almost 12,000 years. Before there were tourists, pioneers, and Mormons, the Anasazi and Paiute Native Americans were the first settlers to make this landscape their semi-permanent home. At the Zion Human History Museum, marvel at animal pelts that were used by settlers to stay warm through the harsh Utah winters, or read the tales of the western pioneers who would eventually start outposts and towns. There are firsthand accounts from railroad workers who lay tracks throughout the mountains, and stories from the Civilian Conservation Corps diaries from the men who first made the trails. A 22-minute video provides a visual representation of the park’s fascinating history, and over 50,000 objects intricately explain the cultural, natural, and geologic diversity that’s sculpted the park to this day.More

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All about Zion National Park

When to visit

Shuttles operate in Zion National Park from March–November, and the majority of visitors (70%) see the park from April–October. If you’re willing to risk chilly weather, March–April and October–November visits can be very rewarding: You still get the easy-access shuttle service, warmth still clings to most days, and the park’s most iconic viewpoints and trails won’t involve fighting for elbow room.

Getting around

Zion’s free shuttles are some of the best in the national park system: They operate from March–November (and also on weekends in February and over the December holidays) and will take you just about anywhere you need to go, including to the nearby town of Springdale. During this time, private vehicles aren’t allowed through the park without reservations at Zion Lodge or Canyon Trail Rides.

Traveler tips

Stay at Majestic View Lodge or Cable Mountain Lodge—you may not technically be in the park, but you might as well be. The Springdale Shuttle stops at both these locations every 10–15 minutes; once in the park, you can pick up the Zion Canyon shuttle and go virtually anywhere. Dine at the Red Rock Grill at Zion Lodge to break up your day in this vertical wilderness.

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What is the month to visit Zion National Park?

The best month to visit Zion National Park depends on what kind of experience you prefer. The shuttles run April–Octorber, with the busiest months being June–August. If you can, take a shoulder season visit in fall for pleasant weather and more manageable crowds.

What activities are offered at Zion National Park?

One of the country’s most popular national parks, Zion National Park offers lots to do. Some visitors come for the famous hiking trails, like Angel’s Landing or the Narrows. Others simply take the reliable Zion shuttle and get easy-access views. Others prefer to rock climb, picnic, and scout for wildlife.

What should I not miss in Zion?

The Zion-Mt Carmel Highway Scenic Drive takes you over bridges and past colorful hoodoos, cutting through 10 miles (16 kilometers) of the park and connecting the south and east entrances. Take the short hike along the Narrows or to Canyon Overlook—the latter is 0.5 miles (1 kilometer) to canyon views.

How many days do you need at Zion National Park?

It’s not hard to fill a week at Zion National Park, but plan for at least two full days to see the park’s highlights—and get mornings and evenings away from the crowds. You can also fit in a longer hike, like down the Narrows or up to Angel’s Landing.

What is Zion famous for?

Zion—referencing the “kingdom of Heaven” in Hebrew—is famous for its red-rock canyon views, sheer cliffs, and canyoneering opportunities. Its 2,000-foot (610-meter) towers of sandstone make for great climbing and hiking experiences. The Virgin River with its green oasis at the bottom of the canyon flows in stark contrast.

What is there to do in Zion National Park besides hike?

Beyond hiking, most visitors will take a scenic drive down the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway—it runs 10 miles through the park and connects the south and east entrances. You could also hop on and off the park’s shuttle, nabbing easy-access views as you please; dine at Zion National Park Lodge; or leave the crowds behind and stargaze come nightfall.


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