Zion National Park Travel Guide

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Zion National Park Things to Do

  • Angel's Landing

    Along with the Narrows, this is Zion’s premier hike, and the one which sells a lot of “I survived Angels Landing” t-shirts. I haven’t done this one yet so I’m not going to tell you that it’s ridiculously dangerous so don’t even think about it, or that it’s possibly one of the best hikes you’ll ever do. Nope. We had some time and weather...

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  • Weeping Rock

    Small amounts of water, too small to form a waterfall, seep through the soft rock here causing the rock to appear to weep. The water causes the face of the rock to be constantly wet providing a unique habitat for a variety of plantlife. The water then forms a small creek which joins other creeks to form a stream then finally a river. The trail...

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  • The Narrows

    This is a not-to-be-missed experience hiking in the Virgin River to a slot canyon only 20-30 feet wide but up to 2000 feet deep. There are 3 ways to to this but I'll focus on just the bottom-up day-hike option from Zion Canyon as the top-down version from Chamberlain's Ranch is a 12-miler that requires a permit, shuttles, and sometimes overnight...

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Zion National Park Hotels

Zion National Park Restaurants

  • Park Food

    (I forgot to take photos of these, sorry, so here's a shot of the red rocks which tower near the lodge)National Park grub is often sort of expensive and nothing to write home about but that's OK 'cause it's not why you're there, right?There are only two places to eat inside the Zion N.P, and both of them are at Zion Lodge. On trip #1, we tried both...

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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 Transportation

  • Park and Ride

    Zion is a mighty busy place during the warmer months; so busy that traffic and parking eventually became a real headache, and they had to find a way to make accessing the park a lot easier for all concerned. That answer was the Springdale and Zion Canyon free shuttle service. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is off limits to personal vehicles from about...

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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

  • The Entry Pass Hairball

    Zion is one of a few parks which are relatively easy to access on foot or bike from a gateway town - which is great but can cause some confusion for groups arriving by car and sharing a vehicle entry pass. The scenarios are this:1. Say you are a group of 4 adults on a weekend camping trip at one of the park’s campgrounds. You arrive, all together,...

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  • 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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Zion National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Leave No Trace

    At the end of the River Walk trail there is a rocky sand beach where you can enter the Virgin River. This is the access point for day hikers to the Virgin River Narrows. I have been here many times over the years but this is the first time I saw so many rocks stacked like cairns. People, for some reason, feel the need to leave their mark on a...

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  • Water - Hiking

    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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  • Don't Feed Wildlife

    Signs are posted at every trail head in the park. It's very clear you will be fined and the signs encourage people to report violators to park rangers. No one could have been more guilty of this infraction than the people in this photo as they fed peanut butter crackers to a squirrel. Now I could have confronted them but I assessed the situation...

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Zion National Park Tourist Traps

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    Don't Get Confused with the Language

    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

  • Virgin River Trail

    I am calling this trail the Virgin River Trail. It is not marked on any park map, official or unofficial. It is considered a "Social Trail" meaning, so many people walk this section, a path has formed. While the park service does not maintain this trail, they also do not discourage the use of the trail. The trail is less than 1 mile...

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  • A Social Trail not to be missed!

    I am calling this trail the Virgin River Trail. It is not marked on any park map, official or unofficial. It is considered a "Social Trail" meaning, so many people walk this section, a path has formed. While the park service does not maintain this trail, they also do not discourage the use of the trail. The trail is less than 1 mile...

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  • 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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Zion National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Hidden Canyon Trail

    The Hidden Canyon Trails ranks up there as one of the most beautiful in the park and at the same one of the most exhilarating second only to the Angel's Landing Trail. It is not hiked as often as other trails in the ark, mainly because the is a side trail along the exhausting East Rim Trail that people use as a day hike to Observation Point....

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  • Observation Point Trail

    Observation Point sits atop 6500 foot high Mt. Baldy. Few people ever refer to the Mesa by its given name and just say Observation Point. This hike starts from the Weeping Rock trail head on the canyon floor. There is signage directing you to hike up the East Rim Trail. About two miles up, the trail splits with the East Rim Trail turning right...

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  • Emerald Pools Trail

    The Emerald Pool Trail is actually a loop that starts from Zion Lodge (shuttle stop number 5) and ascend gradually along a paved path to a nice waterfall and pool of water that occasionally has green algae growing in it, hence the name. The views along the trail are impressive with the rising cliffs of the canyon and the Virgin River winding its...

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Zion National Park General

  • Observation Point Trail

    It is easy to be distracted by the hike up to Observation Point. With a nearly constant steep grade of four miles, one tends to look down and concentrate on the task at hand. Catch your breath, drink water, one foot in front of the other and you will get there. But take the time to admire the views as you ascend and descend the trail. There are...

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  • Prickly Pear Cactus

    When you think of a cactus, most often the thoughts are of a rugged, spiny, harsh plant. But most do have a blooming period and show off some beautiful flowers. The Prickly Pear Cactus is no exception. From mid spring to early summer, the Prickly Pear blooms in pink, yellow or red flowers. The Zion Prickly Pear has some of the largest flowers...

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  • Sego Lily

    The Sego Lily, also known as Calochortus nuttallii, is a bulbous perennial which is common in the southwest. It also happens to be the state flower of Utah. I hike a lot in Utah and I seldom see this flower. This spring, I saw a good amount while hiking to Observation Point. It is a beautiful white flower with a yellow tinted center.

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Comments (5)

  • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2016 at 4:04 AM

    The Hidden Canyon Trail closed on June 6, 2016 for trail maintenance. The trail will reopen in 2017.

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2015 at 5:20 AM

    Just a reminder to please heed warnings from the park to avoid hiking the slot canyons when rain/potential flooding is predicted. The very recent loss of canyoneers who decided to navigate Keyhole Canyon despite the warnings is yet another sad illustration of how quickly conditions can change. Be careful out there, OK?

    sltrib.com/home/2953891-155/...

    • jojes's Profile Photo
      Sep 16, 2015 at 1:19 PM

      I just can't believe people even think of ignoring the warning of the rangers. That's why those people are there, so please listen to what they have to say. They're so much more than just the guys who hand out the leaflets and maps with trails!

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Sep 16, 2015 at 1:32 PM

      I've seen some comments out there blaming the rangers for letting them have their permits but in the end, the NPS are not babysitters. It's still very sad, though, and blaming either side doesn't accomplish anything at this point.

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    Mar 14, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    Deal alert! In honor of the NPS' upcoming 100th birthday, the "Every Kid in a Park" program will make every American 4th grader eligible for a FREE ANNUAL PARK PASS for themselves and their families. The pass will allow free access to every national park, monument, forest, seashore and more from fall of 2015 to fall of 2016. So if you'll have a 4th grader in your family next school year, start planning your trip!
    whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/02/...

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:01 AM

    Great deal for tight budgets: Martin Luther King Day (January 19, 2015) is a free entry day at all U.S. National Parks!

  • 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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