Zion National Park

Swimming in the Virgin River with the Watchman beyond in Zion National Park
Swimming in the Virgin River with the Watchman beyond. Photo: Rich Martello

Zion is Utah’s first national park, and it’s such a beautiful and unique wonder that it’s no wonder that it was. Inside the park, massive canyon walls reach toward the sky. As visitors drive through Zion National Park, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the size and vertical orientation of the canyon walls that are all around you. You feel tiny considering the scale of your surroundings.

Visitors who are up for some hiking will be even more significantly rewarded. Although some of the most spectacular views can be enjoyed only after a haul up a pretty steep trail, the sights hikers are afforded are unmatched.

For hardy hikers who are in great physical condition, we recommend Angel’s Landing and Observation Point. For visitors looking for simpler trails, Lower Emerald Pools and Hidden Canyon are our favorites. And if you want to check one off your bucket list, hike through the water of the Virgin River through The Narrows.

From April to November, visitors may explore Zion via the free shuttle buses. This is recommended to avoid jammed parking lots, and because you can better enjoy the sights more when someone else is doing the driving.

Things to Do in Zion National Park

Maps of Zion National Park

Where to Stay, Camp, Eat in and Near Zion National Park