Overview

Zion National Park is one of the most uniquely beautiful places on the planet. The park consists of very distinct geographic landforms, like massive monoliths, arches, waterfalls, springs, rivers, and staggeringly tall sandstone cliffs. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience vast and expansive views that stretch for miles, and enjoy the intensely colorful scenery – from the red and orange canyon walls to the green shades of trees, grasses and grasses.

The park offers numerous types of recreation and there is something for everyone –regardless of whether you are looking for leisurely activities, like scenic drives, walks, picnics, or bird-watching, or looking for challenging activities, like mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, or technical climbing. There are two park campground locations, and several primitive campsites just outside of the park boundaries.

Key Attractions

Zion Canyon Visitor Center, Zion Canyon Backcountry Desk, Zion Human History Museum, and Zion Nature Center – view hours and dates of operation

  • Zion Canyon
    • Temple of Sinawava/ Riverside Walk & The Narrows – hike up the colorful canyon and continue in the river – go as far as you wish before turning back
    • Emerald Pools – short trail to three clear, beautiful pools of water – reflecting the intensely colorful canyon around them
    • Angel’s Landing – physically and mentally challenging hike – steep trails and extremely narrow ledges on either side – very picturesque and incredibly unique view from the top
      • Hikers can hike this trail to a beautiful, scenic, mid-way point – Scout’s Lookout – before the trail becomes to intense
    • Court of the Patriarchs – relaxing hike to three giant, sandstone monoliths – they bear the names of the Old Testament figures: Abraham, Issac, and Jacob
    • Weeping Rock – walk to see where the water seeps through cliff face, after its long journey through many layers of the sandstone mountain
  • Canyon Overlook Trail – lookout over the entire Zion Canyon area
  • Checkerboard Mesa – climb and play on an extensive adult playground – white and red sandstone
  • Parunuweap Canyon – large secluded canyon, hike through river, dry bed, and trees – come to the top of a large waterfall
  • Par’rus Trail – car-free, paved biking trail that connects to Zion Canyon
  • Kolob Terrace Road
    • Subway (Wildcat Canyon Trailhead) - semi-technical slot canyon
    • Several other back-country hikes and beautiful lookout points
    • Lava Point – expansive overlook and camping area
  • Kolob Canyon
    • Visitor Center – learn about the recreation, geography, and history of the Kolob area, including the occupation of the Anasazi, Paiutes, Spanish explorers, and Mormon pioneers (open year-round, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
    • Scenic drive and overlook – panoramic views, fascinating views of the geologic history of the park and area
    • Timber Creek – easy, short hike along a ridge to a small peak
    • Taylor Creek – moderately difficult hike, see the double-arch alcove
    • Kolob Arch – long, challenging hike to world’s largest free-standing arch

Park Location

  • The large park is centrally located between the cities of St. George, Utah and Cedar City, Utah – off of I-15 – main park entrance located on State Route 9, next to Springdale, Utah
  • 307 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah; 118 miles from Page, AZ; 136 miles from Las Vegas, NV
  • Located near other significant attractions, including:
    • Grand Canyon National Park, AZ (North Rim, 126 miles away; South Rim, 253 miles away)
    • Bryce Canyon National Park, UT (86 miles away)
    • Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, UT
    • Cedar Breaks National Monument, UT
    • Grand Staircase/ Escalante National Monument, UT
    • Kanab, UT (“old West” and movie history)
    • Lake Powell (UT) & Lake Mead (NV)

Itineraries that include Zion National Park

Other Information

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