15 Best Things To Do in Zion National Park

An essential guide to the very best things to do in and around Zion National Park.

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Situated in southwestern Utah, Zion National Park is one of the dream destinations for every traveler. It is one of the best tourist attraction in the United States and is well known for its outstanding hiking options. Zion National Park is one of the oldest parks in the country. Incredible hiking options, beautiful trails, majestic Virgin River, evergreen trees make this place worth visiting. Zion National Park is well known for its astonishing beauty and it offers stunning views at each and every corner.

Here's the list of places to visit and 15 best things to do in Zion National Park:

1. Hike at The Narrow

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It is the most famous hiking trail in Zion National Park but hiking on this trail can only be done in summer season when the river move away from the springs runoff, thus make the passage safe and secure. The amazing point is that here travellers can make this hike as short or as long as they want. This slot canyon is one of the narrowest portions of this park, just 20 – 30 m wide and thus is a very popular hiking option for travellers. The Narrows is always regarded as one of the best trails and hiking here is absolutely a bucket list experience.

2. Enjoy Camping

Camping is yet another best option to enjoy while traversing Zion National Park. On the south side of the park is located the famous campgrounds South and Watchman. Camping in Zion can be enjoyed in both summer and spring season. Although hotels and resorts are available here for staying but nothing can beat the amazing experience of camping. Lava point is yet another interesting site placed in the centre of the park. This site is dotted with all type of essential facilities but is open only from June to October.

3. Drive on Zion-Mount Carmel Highway

If travelers have an ardent desire to enjoy driving then Zion-Mount Carmel Highway might be the best option. This highway offers you one of the best and incredible driving experiences of your life. This experience can be enjoyed couple of times as there is no restriction over the same. Basically, this is 25 miles long road with almost 1.1 miles long tunnel. It starts from the entry point of Zion National Park and goes up to Mount Carmel junction as a part of Utah state route 9. This highway is also included in the national register of historic places.

4. Angels Landing

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Yet another hiking option available to the visitors in Zion National Park is Angels Landing. This hike basically take you up the sides of mountains and then finishes at 1500 feet drop from where tourists can enjoy the stunning valley view. This hike almost takes 3 to 6 hours to complete and is open all round the year. Travellers are suggested to carry things as according to the season. This is a 5 mile round trip trail and offers the panoramic views of mountains and valleys. It begins at Grotto trailhead and definitely offers unforgettable hiking experience to the travellers.

5. Spotting Wildlife

Being the famous national park in United States, Zion National Park has a wide variety flora and fauna. It is amazing to know that one can spot more than seventy Five mammals, thirty two reptiles and 1000 plant species. This place is a delight for bird lovers as well as travellers can find more than 200 species of bird such as bald eagle, California Condor and a lot more in this beautiful park. Spotting wildlife is one of the best thing one can do while visiting Zion National Park.

6. Enjoy Junior Ranger Program

A visit to Zion National Park can be equally enjoyed by both kids and adults as this park has a lot of things to offer.Here, kids can find booklets with the help of which they can explore different amazing things throughout the park. After searching different things, they can earn junior ranger badges. Basically, this activity is organized so as to motivate the kids and check their mental ability. With this fun program, they can learn a lot of things about this national park and can use this knowledge in their coming future.

7. Biking in Zion National Park

Travellers will be never running out of options when it comes to the list of adventurous activities in Zion National Park. Biking is yet another thing a traveller can enjoy while visiting this park. Biking is the ultimate option to explore the perplexing views of Zion plateau while encompassing the ground much faster as compare to hiking. Pa’arus trail is quite famous among bikers at Zion National Park as it allows you to go first at the top of Zion Canyon and then ride back to get an amazing experience.

8. Riverside Walk

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Another well known hiking trail in Zion National Park is none other than Riverside Walk. As the name implies, this trail follows the glittering Virgin River and thus offers the majestic and panoramic views to the visitors. It is almost 2.2 miles round trip hike and finishes at the beginning of the Narrow Hike. This is a small trail which is surrounded by tall trees and is covered by lush gardens. As this trail leads to the Narrow hiking path therefore, it is generally called the Gateway to the Narrows. This trail is wide and paved and thus can be easily navigated.

9. Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is yet another interesting activity to enjoy in Zion National Park, United States. It is ideal for those travellers who have an ardent desire to enjoy bird and wildlife watching without getting too much inside the park. This activity can be enjoyed around the year.Horse riding is available only within the park area and thus offers an amazing and delightful experience to the travellers. Horses are well trained and thus visitors can easily enjoy horseback riding without getting worried about anything. This horse riding is a one hour trip is organized and managed by East Zion Adventures.

10. Emerald Pools

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If travellers love hiking and want to enjoy this activity at its best then hike at Emerald Pool might be the great option. Basically, it has three sets namely lower pool, middle pool and the upper pool. Travellers can either hike all the three or just one as according to their level of energy and hiking skills. Along with the pools and waterfalls, this trail offers amazing views of the surrounded mountains. If travellers are hiking with children then the lower pool might be the only option for them as other levels are quite tricky and are not at all suitable for kids.

11. Enjoy ATV Tours

Travellers might enjoy ATV tours at Zion National Park, if possible and allowed at the time of their visit but it should be remembered that ATVing is rarely permitted here and thus there is no guarantee of the same. Basically, this spot is quite famous in the nearby parks of Zion National Park namely sand hollow and Coral pink sand dunes but due to the popularity of this national park, this spot is usually included in the famous activities of this park.

12. Weeping Rock

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Another hiking trail in Zion National Park which attracts lots of travellers every year is Weeping rock. This is basically carved into a cliff wall with a continuous supply of water and in spring and rainy season, this trail becomes a waterfall. This is only a half mile round trip trail which takes very minimal time to cover the same. Along with the cliff wall, travellers can also explore the stunning views of valley, gardens and mountains. This hike has steep paths and thus this is not suitable for small kids and physically disabled persons.

13. Hidden Canyon

Hidden Canyon is perfect for those who are not afraid of heights. This trail is just 2.2 miles long but is quite arduous and breathtaking as compare to others. This trail begins from the weeping rock and finishes at hanging canyon. It has some major drop-offs and thus this trail is not at all suitable for children and for anyone who has a fear of height.

14. Observation Point

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If visitors want to enjoy the stunning and astonishing views of the mountain and wish to feel their freshness and beauty in the real sense then observation point trail might be the best and only option available. This is 8 miles round trip trail which offers incredible views of Zion Canyon. The amazing point is that although this trail is longer than others but still it is often less crowded and an ideal for those who want some tranquillity during hiking.

15. Explore Zion National Park with bird eye view

If visitors want to explore each and every corner of the park without taking too much time then helicopter rides is probably the best alternative. It should be noted that this ride is offered only to those travellers who wants to explore other parks and lakes in this region as well.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Zion National Park, Utah

Must see places in Zion National Park ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Zion National Park and point of interests to visit.

  1. The Narrows

    #1 of 53 Things To Do in Zion National Park
    The Narrows

    Tags: Outdoors, Hiking Trail, Adventure, Canyon

    Address: Zion National Park, The Narrows Bottom Up, Hurricane, UT 84737, United States

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    As the name suggests, the Narrows is the narrowest, yet popular, section of Zion Canyon. Ranked number 5 in National Geographic's list of America's Best 100 Adventures, this scenic hike is a must when...Read more

  2. Angels Landing

    #2 of 53 Things To Do in Zion National Park
    Angels Landing

    Tags: Outdoors, Rock Climbing, Nature

    Address: Angels Landing Trail, Hurricane, UT 84737, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This 454 meters’ tall rock formation has one of the most famous trails in the Zion National Park. Earlier known as Temple of Aeolus, the 2.4 miles long hike to reach the top will keep you captiv...Read more

  3. Floor Of The Valley Road

    #3 of 53 Things To Do in Zion National Park
    Floor Of The Valley Road

    Tags: Outdoors, Hiking Trail, Scenic Drive

    Address: Floor of the Valley Rd, Utah, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Not all of us are hikers, but that doesn't mean that we cannot enjoy the same rugged beauty of these stunning trails passing through canyons, which hikers boast about. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is ...Read more

  4. Zion Observation Point

    #4 of 53 Things To Do in Zion National Park
    Zion Observation Point

    Tags: Outdoors, Trail, Observatory

    Address: Utah 84767, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    One of the well-known trails in Zion National Park, Weeping Rock Trailhead, is the one leading to Observation Point. While the hike up to the point is a little taxing, the effort will totally be worth...Read more

  5. Zion-mt. Carmel Highway

    #5 of 53 Things To Do in Zion National Park
    Zion-mt. Carmel Highway

    Tags: Outdoors, Mountain, Scenic Drive, Nature

    Address: Zion – Mount Carmel Hwy, Utah, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Zion National Park owes most of its popularity to this scenic highway. Connecting the park to the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, this 10-mile stretch is nothing less than a roller coaster ride...Read more

  6. Canyon Overlook Trail

    #6 of 53 Things To Do in Zion National Park
    Canyon Overlook Trail

    Tags: Outdoors, Trail

    Address: Canyon Overlook Trail, Utah 84737, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    One of the quickest hikes in Zion National Park, the Canyon Overlook Trail is best for families with children. Covering over 1 mile for a round trip, this trail gives you a great view of the main cany...Read more

  7. Weeping Rock Trail

    #7 of 53 Things To Do in Zion National Park
    Weeping Rock Trail

    Tags: Outdoors, Trail

    Address: Weeping Rock Trail Springdale, UT 84767, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This unique landmark of Zion National Park is a trail which is family friendly in nature. As the name suggests, the rock formation along the trail literally 'weeps'. The bowl-shaped arch structure of ...Read more

  8. Emerald Pools

    #8 of 53 Things To Do in Zion National Park
    Emerald Pools

    Tags: Trail, Waterfall

    Address: Emerald Pools Trail Hurricane, UT 84737, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Considered to be one of the signature trails of Zion National Park, a view of Emerald pools will send you in a state of trance. A hike on this trail is quite favourite with the families as they can ha...Read more

  9. Zion Canyon Visitor Center

    #9 of 53 Things To Do in Zion National Park
    Zion Canyon Visitor Center

    Tags: Tourist Center

    Address: 1 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT 84767, USA

    Timings: 08:00 am - 07:30 pm Details

    Before you start your journey inside the magnanimous Zion National Park, visit the Zion Canyon visitor centre for an overview and a detailed information on every and every section of the park. There i...Read more

  10. Temple Of Sinawava

    #10 of 53 Things To Do in Zion National Park
    Temple Of Sinawava

    Tags: Trail

    Address: Zion National Park, Zion Canyon Scenic Dr, Springdale, UT 84779, United States

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The reason why the temple of Sinawava is famous is that it acts as a starting point to one of the most scenic trails of Zion national park: The Riverside Walk and the narrows. The temple looks magical...Read more

  11. Court Of The Patriarchs

    #11 of 53 Things To Do in Zion National Park
    Court Of The Patriarchs

    Tags: Outdoors, Mountain

    Address: Sand Bench Trail Hurricane, UT 84737, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This set of sandstone cliffs constitute one of the most mesmerizing sights in Zion National Park. Named individually after the Biblical figures (from Old Testament) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the co...Read more

  12. Hidden Canyon

    #12 of 53 Things To Do in Zion National Park
    Hidden Canyon

    Tags: Outdoors, Trail, Canyon

    Address: E Mesa Trail Springdale, UT 84767 USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Zion national park is suffused with natural wonders that await you at every nook and corner as you explore the area. True to its name, this is a narrow and deep canyon hidden from the main canyon east...Read more

  13. Watchman Trail

    #13 of 53 Things To Do in Zion National Park
    Watchman Trail

    Tags: Trail, Hiking Trail

    Address: Watchman Trail, Hurricane, UT 84737, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The watchman trail takes you to the top of the Watchman Mountain from where you will be able to enjoy distinctive views of the south side of the park as well as the visitor centre located below. A tot...Read more

  14. Kolob Canyon Road

    #14 of 53 Things To Do in Zion National Park
    Kolob Canyon Road

    Tags: Scenic Drive, Canyon, Road

    Address: E Kolob Canyon Rd, New Harmony, UT 84757, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Kolon Canyon Road is relatively one of the lesser trailed roads in Zion National park that exudes scenic beauty and sights. The beginning point of this road lies outside the park, in the area known as...Read more

  15. Checkerboard Mesa

    #15 of 53 Things To Do in Zion National Park
    Checkerboard Mesa

    Tags: Outdoors, Hill

    Address: Checkerboard Mesa, Utah 84755, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Time for some great hike! The checkerboard Mesa is interestingly a colourful display of orange, brown and white slickrock that looks absolutely stunning. The majestic criss-crossed mountain appears as...Read more

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  • Hurricane Valley Pioneer Heritage Park

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