Zion National Park Travel Guide

  • The Watchman, Zion South Entrance
    The Watchman, Zion South Entrance
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Zion National Park Things to Do

  • Northgate Point

    Located at the end of the Northgate Peaks Trail, this is a beautiful panoramic view of Zion Canyon from the west. Beyond the Northgate Peaks you can see North and South Guardian Peaks as well as part of the west rim.You will note the point is substantially different type of rock. It is volcanic as opposed to the surrounding sandstone mountains and...

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  • Kolob Terrace Road

    This is a beautiful drive into the high country of Zion National Park. Often over looked, this road is accessed from the small town of Virgin, off Route 9. The road ascends into the high country with great views of the high grass and Tabernacle Dome. It is also the access to Lava Point and the West Rim trail as well as the Northgate Trail.While the...

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  • Route 9 Buffalo

    When entering or exiting Zion National Park through the east side on route 9, take notice of the Buffalo on the south side of route 9 just outside the park boundary. This is not a wild herd so they are there on a daily basis. If you are fortunate, the Buffalo will be right along the fence line.

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Zion National Park Hotels

Zion National Park Restaurants

  • Park Food

    National Park grub is often sort of expensive and nothing to write home about but that's OK - it's not why you're there, right?We had breakfast at Zion Lodge's Red Rock Grill one morning and found it so crowded, noisy and pricey that we skipped it the rest of our time there. The Castle Dome Cafe (next to the lodge giftshop) had a decent selection...

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  • Lodge's Reputation Precedes its Food

    After a long, hot day of outdoor activities, we were looking forward to a nice lunch at the Zion Lodge. However, we were sadly disappointed to find out that the two items Hal and I were considering ordering were all out - the BLT and another kind of sandwich (don't recall which now) ran out. Ultimately, I went with the soup and half sandwich...

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  • Zion Pizza

    A great experience dinning there... there is 3 lounges.. one on the back yard, the main where you order with tables and stools and the best outside lookingat the boulevard, nice shelter terrace shape. the pizza is large and really good after a long day hiking or just driving.. its 4 min away from the main campground towards Springdale on the right...

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Zion National Park Nightlife

  • Zion Nights

    Zion has a marvelous climate in spring. It's warm and sunny during the day but cools off perfectly in the evening. This is perfect for sleeping but also for having a few beers around camp. You can wear shorts but you'll need your fleece to stay warm. We liked to buy local beers at the grocery store and enjoy them outside. This allows you to enjoy...

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  • Ranger Programs

    In the evenings, park rangers host programs in the campground ampitheatres. The topics vary, but the lecture programs provide information concerning the park's history, plant and animal life and geology.

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  • Zion National Park Hotels

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Zion National Park Transportation

  • Getting around Zion

    No cars are allowed on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive beyond the Visitor Center from April through Oct. and the parking lot fills quickly!You can park your car in nearby Springdale, take a free shuttle to the South entrance, and then walk the short distance to the Visitor Center - which is the main connection point for all internal park shuttles. You can...

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  • The Park's Shuttle Bus

    There are two great shuttle bus services that are free. One shuttle bus drives up and down the main road from the park gates to the far end of Springdale. The second shuttle bus drives up and down the Zion Gorge between the park gates and the end of the gorge. Both shuttle buses stop frequently at hotels, RV Parks, restaurants, points of interest,...

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  • Shuttle System

    There are two shuttle systems that serve Zion National Park. One runs between the town of Springdale (with several stops at various motels) and the park. The second shuttle system runs from the Visitors Center down the Zion Canyon Scenic Route. Shuttles run often and you can get on and off as often as you wish. They are the only way to tour the...

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Zion National Park Shopping

  • Fatali and other places to shop in...

    Visit the Zion Canyon’s Visitor Bureau Web site for a list of galleries, gift shops, bookstores, markets and rock shops. If you enjoy photography be sure to check out the Fatali Gallery, Photography of the Southwest, his work is outstanding. The gallery is open daily 4:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. Other times are by appointment only. The phone number of...

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  • Looking for Something Unique?

    Asia to Zion is a unique shop that carries everything from imported items such as Asian Buddhas, to Zion National Park souvenirs. Open seven days a week this is a good place to purchase a gift for someone back home, or something special for yourself. I purchased a wonderful incense burner, two packages of incense, and a small shoulder...

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  • An Art Gallery with Various Types of Art

    The Worthington Gallery features a variety of artists, including wind sculptures, metal sculptures, paintings, pottery, and other items. If you visit their online store, you can view a number of the artists who are displayed in the shop, and see some of their work. As is all artwork in galleries, the items are expensive, but there are a number of...

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Zion National Park Local Customs

  • where to find the showers

    Showers are wonderful things and when camping for a few days and doing some fairly strenuous hikes, they become even more so. The campgrounds in Zion National Park do no offer showers but in nearby Springdale there are facilities that do. The visitor center can provide the exact locations of current businesses offering them. One was a climber's...

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  • free Internet if you have time

    The very cool and rustic Zion Lodge is worth checking out in its own right but another bonus was free Internet. It's not advertised as generally for people staying in the hotel but they don't seem to mind anyone using it. They are in the lobby in a small cubby hole. You have to queue up and you can only stay on for ten or fifteen minutes if there...

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  • Arch or a natural bridge, or not?

    When we drove towards Zion National Park we didn't have the expectation that we would encounter any natural bridges. I guess we didn't see any indeed, but once left the park by car we did witness something strange. Have a look at the picture and maybe you can tell us whether this is a natural bridge or not.To answer this question we have looked up...

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Zion National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Loud Campers!

    Rarely to I encounter issues to the extent on my last visit. Usually a walk over to a loud group in the campground continuing after the 10pm quiet time with a polite request and reminder of the quiet hours does the trick. This last trip I was camping in the group camp ground area and things were out of control until 3am. I searched for a number to...

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  • Please think..... WATER!

    This warning is for any long steep hike, exposed to the sun all day. Bring water! I have attached some photos of people attempting Angel's Landing with little more than a 12 ounce bottle of water! One thing to keep in mind, the day I took these photo's it was 80 degrees out!I don't know what these people are thinking but not only are they putting...

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  • East Entrance Tunnel

    While the East entrance road is gorgeous, delays may be experienced due to a tunnel (built in 1920's) too narrow for more than one large vehicle at a time. RVs or vehicles larger than 7"10" wide and/or 11" 4" high must pay an addtional $15 entry fee (good for a return trip) for traffic control needed to allow passage. Rangers on either side of the...

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Zion National Park Tourist Traps

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    by RedBaggy Written Feb 16, 2007

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    What have the Americans done to English?
    Trail = Footpath
    Trail head = Start of Footpath
    Overlook = Viewpoint
    Biscuits - Scones
    Baked Potatoe = Jacket Potatoe
    Parking Lot = Car Park

    Fun Alternatives: Learn the native language.

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Zion National Park What to Pack

  • Mandatory Hiking Gear

    A slug of little items make the hikes better, and does not detract form continuing the hike without troubles.

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  • bring it all

    To do the West Rim Trail as an overnight trip you'll need a backpack. Sturdy hiking boots are a must and good socks, something people skimp on. Liner socks save you from blisters and if you haven't tried them you should. Sun screen is king at sunny Zion. Wide angle, Zion is BIG. Zoom for animal shots and flowers. Polarizer for mid-day shooting...

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  • The Zion Canyon/Narrows Hike

    *Water shoes. Essential. You'll be spending 17 miles in the water, you want protection. Some can do with just tennis shoes, but I recommend renting some heavy-duty boots before going.*A hat. The sun overhead, however brief, can be brutal. Shade is also hard to come by. *Waterproof socks. To go with your shoes. *Sunscreen and insect repellent....

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Zion National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Snow Canyon State Park

    Snow Canyon State Park is located northwest of St. George, Utah, and about 53 miles from Zion. This park features interesting, and beautiful red Navajo sandstone formations, some which are capped by an overlay of black lava rock. Hiking along the trails within the park may be enjoyed year round; however early spring and fall are particularly...

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  • Bryce National Park

    A little over 80 miles north east of Zion is Bryce Canyon National Park. Here you will see some awe-inspiring landscapes. Hoodoos, pillar of rocks that have been formed by erosion rise skyward in fantastic shapes. Many of these are a beautiful red color and cover the landscape for miles. If you only drive over to Bryce for the day take the scenic...

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  • Grafton

    The Wild West is synonymous with Ghost Towns and Zion has one, conveniently a short drive away. Grafton traces its origin to 1859 when its fertile surroundings gave birth to a cotton industry despite local Indian attacks. It seems the Indians liked the place too and for good reason; it's a gorgeous area with a good water source. Evidently the...

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Zion National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Northgate Peaks Trail

    The only access to the Northgate Peaks Trail is by the Wildcat Canyon Trail. It is an in and out trail a little more than 2 miles round trip. The trail is relatively flat and a very enjoyable hike. The beautiful pines and cooler temperatures makes this a very good late spring or summer hike.The trail ends at a point that over looks the Northgate...

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  • Wildcat Canyon Trail

    This trail is in the northwest part of the park well above the canyon floor. The scenery is completely different from what people expect at Zion National Park. High grasslands and pondarosa pines scattered along the trail makes this area of Zion one of my favorites.Wildcat Canyon rail is 6 miles long. The trail head is at a hairpin turn on Kolob...

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  • Angel's Landing

    Angel's Landing is one of the highlight hikes in the park and a must do. The Angel's Landing trail is accessed from the West Rim trail. To access the West Rim trail, park at the "Grotto." If there is no parking available (Nov. - Mar), you will have to park at the Zion Canyon Lodge and walk about 10 minutes to the Grotto. After March, the shuttle is...

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Zion National Park Favorites

  • Springdale, call this home while...

    Springdale is a tiny little town with about 300 residents, which sits, in a spectacular, scenic setting. Because of its location at the entrance of Zion National Park, the town is supported by tourism. Springdale has a number of accommodations and shops for tourists, and a Giant Screen IMAX theater. This theater is 6 stories high with an 82- foot...

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  • Utah's premier National Park

    Zion means sanctuary and peace. These are things I routinely feel every time I visit Zion's canyon. It is a refuge from the world, spend even a day here and the cares of the world disappear. I have camped, hiked and played here and felt like it was my own private park. Even during the heat of the summer crowds I have found quiet and peace off the...

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  • Bighorn Sheep and Angels Landing

    Go through the mile-long tunnel in your car. Either way you are traveling, you'll want to stop at the east entrance of the main tunnel (park your vehicle), and hike the overlook trail (1/2 mile each direction). This is the best way to see the park, from the top-down without significant effort. Two of the best things to do in Zion are to catch a...

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  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2014 at 3:37 AM

    Annual National Park Week is April 19-27 this year with lots of special events happening at the parks. Even better, Saturday 4/19 and Sunday 4/30 are FREE admission days so it's a great opportunity to pack up the car with family and/or friends and go check out one of our national treasures!

    http://www.nps.gov/npweek/

 
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