Outdoor Activities in Zion National Park

Outdoor activities in Zion National Park are a mix of adventure sports and some laid-back vibes amidst scenic beauty. Zion National Park comes with an ideal terrain and atmosphere to spend active holidays and make plenty of unforgettable memories. So, explore the wilderness of Zion National Park and spend some time in the lap of nature with these exciting outdoor activities Zion National Park has to offer. From the most adventurous experiences to the most popular ones, the following list combines it all to make sure you do not miss these unique experiences while planning a trip to Zion National Park.

From sunrise to sunset, let's discover the best spots for outdoor activities in Zion National Park:

  1. The Narrows

    4.9 (679 Votes)
    The Narrows

    Outdoors, Hiking Trail, Adventure, Canyon

    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 you visit Zion National Park. The walls of the canyon are around thousand feet high and the hike across the gorge goes through the Virgin River, which is about twenty to thirty feet wide. While th...Read more
  2. Angels Landing

    4.9 (1046 Votes)
    Angels Landing

    Outdoors, Rock Climbing, Nature

    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 captivated as you get to witness nature's rugged beauty. This trail on top of a rock fin, open at both sides, allows hikers to enjoy the view from both sides. One of the most prominent features on the pa...Read more
  3. Zion Observation Point

    5 (612 Votes)
    Zion Observation Point

    Outdoors, Trail, Observatory

    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 it. From the Observation Point, you can get an excellent view of the complete park. While you are on your way up, you will also be get the opportunity to admire the dark and mysterious Echo Canyon...Read more
  4. Zion-mt. Carmel Highway

    Outdoors, Scenic Drive, Nature, Tunnel

    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, with switchbacks, slickrocks and seasonal waterfalls adding to the charm of the road. There are various places along the path where you can pull over to soak in the raw beauty of nature surroundi...Read more
  5. Canyon Overlook Trail

    Outdoors, Trail

    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 canyon. The trail starts with steps made from the sandstone and it just gets more picturesque as you reach the edge of the cliff. The view from the top includes the lower Zion Canyon, West Temple, East...Read more
  6. Weeping Rock Trail

    4 (506 Votes)
    Weeping Rock Trail

    Outdoors, Trail

    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 the rock is due to the erosion of sandstone over the years. This has led to the water that has been seeping inside the sandstone to seep out from the rock, which makes it seem like weeping. The wat...Read more
  7. Emerald Pools

    4.7 (528 Votes)
    Emerald Pools

    Trail

    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 have a lot of fun here. After the hike, you will be welcomed with stunning waterfalls, pools set against rugged monoliths. Set in the midst of the desert, those pools offer a view of an oasis. Since ...Read more
  8. Temple Of Sinawava

    4.8 (242 Votes)
    Temple Of Sinawava

    Trail

    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 and awe inspiring as it is surrounded by lush green cottonwood trees. Amidst this, there is an immense rock edifice known as “The Pulpit” which gives the effect of surrealism. From thi...Read more
  9. Court Of The Patriarchs

    4.5 (337 Votes)
    Court Of The Patriarchs

    Outdoors

    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 court of patriarchs was named by a Methodist minister who actually gave names to many other parts in Zion during his visit in 1916. Mount Moroni stands in front of Jacob, and is named after the Book ...Read more
  10. Hidden Canyon

    4.6 (269 Votes)
    Hidden Canyon

    Outdoors, Trail, Canyon

    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 of the Great White Throne. As you walk across this canyon trail, you will come across a number of ravines. Be aware that the hike can be bit strenuous as it constitutes an elevation gain over 1000...Read more
  11. Watchman Trail

    Trail, Hiking Trail

    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 total of trip to this trail takes around 2 hours as you need to cover atleast 3 miles. Most of this trail has to be covered in full view of the sun and that too through a hot desert environment. More ...Read more
  12. Kolob Canyon Road

    Scenic Drive, Canyon, Road

    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 Virgin and eventually it rises to elevations of 8,000 feet within the narrow neck of the park. In order to admire the natural beauty that this road unfolds before you, you can drive upto a five-mi...Read more
  13. Checkerboard Mesa

    4.4 (184 Votes)
    Checkerboard Mesa

    Outdoors, Hill

    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 a massive hill towering 900 feet above the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and resembles a giant, extended chess or checkerboard. The horizontal and vertical cracks along the walls of this butte create a ...Read more
  14. Pa'rus Trail

    4.7 (61 Votes)
    Pa'rus Trail

    Trail, View Point, Nature

    Relatively a newer one and an easily accessible trail, the Pa’rus trail has been named after "bubbling water," and offers you stunning views of the park around. The best way to enjoy the beauty of this trail is to ride on a bicycle and admire its many manifestations of nature. This trail starts at the South Campground which lies just north of the Visitor Center, and follows a paved path t...Read more
  15. Kayenta Trail

    Outdoors, Trail, View Point, Hiking Trail

    Kayenta Trail is actually a starting point from where you can take your hike or ride to the famous and scenic Emerald Pools. This trailhead is located across the street from Stop 6 at the Grotto which is the same spot as the Angel’s Landing trailhead. The views that accompany you while you climb this trail are simply amazing and offer you a trance like image of nature. Although there are ...Read more