Horseback Riding in Zion

In-park trail rides follow the course of the Virgin River or expand out into Sand Beach Trail.

Horses traditionally have been used to explore the terrain of Zion National Park. Guided trips are available starting at the corral near the Emerald Pools Trailhead, or you can inquire with a horseback riding concessionaire. For private stock use, see the Zion National Park Service's Wilderness Guide (page 8 - Stock Use) or inquire at visitor centers.

Horses offer a special means to see the backcountry of Zion and the surrounding region. Rides begin close to the Zion Lodge and are suitable to everyone from small children to old ladies. At least that's what we equestrians believe. We took our Zion horse tour when I was pregnant (not showing) and my youngest (at the time) was four. Of course, I wasn't THAT pregnant or they probably wouldn't have let me on. However, these easy trail rides are perfect for the whole family and lets you see places in Zion that you might not get to otherwise.

In-park trail rides follow the course of the Virgin River or expand out into Sand Beach Trail. Horses can be ridden in many areas and trails, as well. Backcountry permits allow horse camping in some of the most remote and scenic locations (bring your own horse or hook up with a guide). Ask a ranger for the free booklet, "Pack Animal Use."

Favorite trails include the connector trail between Casto Canyon and Fremont ATV Trail, Cassidy Trail, the Casto Canyon Trail, Losee Canyon Trail, Rich Trail and Thunder Mountain Trail. Horseback riding tours can be as challenging as you like. The Zion Ponderosa Ranch is located at the east rim of the park.

La Verkin Creek, Wild Cat Canyon, the west rim above Canyon Springs, Deertrap Mountain, and Cable Mountain are all accessible to riders. Backcountry areas include Coal Pits Wash, Crater Hill, Scroggin's Wash, and Huber Wash. Animals must be kept a hundred feet from all water and fed with certified weed free hay at least one day prior to entering the park. Horses must also be hobbled when not ridden.



Biking Inside and Nearby Zion Nationl Park

Choose the family- and pet-friendly Pa'rus Trail inside Zion, the challenging Gooseberry Mesa Trail for experienced mountain bikers, or the cool Navajo Lake.


Fishing in Zion National Park and Southern Utah

Fishing is allowed in Zion, but is not as common as other pastimes. However, the areas north of Zion are premier fly fishing destinations.

Zion's Pa'rus Trail

Biking and Walking Zion's Pa'rus Trail - Easy, Paved, and Dog-Friendly

Pa'rus Trail is one of the favorite places for bikes as well as strollers and wheelchairs. And it's dog-friendly which is rare in national parks.

The Virgin River canyon called The Narrows in Zion National Park

Some Canyoneering Favorites in Zion National Park

Try the sport that includes hiking and technical rock climbing inside Zion National Park including the Narrows, the Subway, and North Creek.


Zion, the Birthplace of Canyoneering

Zion and the nearby area offer a wealth of climbing opportunities, both guided and unguided. The Narrows may be the birthplace of canyoneering.

Zion Canyon

Must-See Natural Wonders in Zion National Park

If you have the time and good shoes, take a ride on The Narrows, an unforgettable wade in cold waters of the Virgin River.


Zion Backcountry Camping Permits

Backcountry permits are required for all overnight trips, all through hikes of the Virgin River Narrows and tributaries, any trip into the Subway.


Entering Zion By Bicycle Through Mt. Carmel Tunnel

Bicycles and pedestrians are prohibited through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel. If you are entering Zion thru east entrance, you must arrange shuttle service

Winter snow dusting the Court of the Patriarchs along the Virgin River in Zion National Park

Winter Recreation in Zion National Park

Zion's snowcapped mountains are spectacular in the winter. The canyon is not normally subject to heavy snow, so hiking and biking are still popular.