ZION NATIONAL PARK
ANIMAL COMMONLY SEENDESERT BIGHORN SHEEP
FILMED HEREBUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID
DISTANCE FROM ZION46 MILES
Located in the southern part of the state, Zion National Park was, legend has it, created about 150 million years ago. Its most prominent feature: Zion Canyon. This is a 15-mile long canyon that was in part carved out by the Virgin River. Today the resulting formations within the park resemble something straight out of a movie.
The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is one of the best ways to see all of the most amazing sights. They also offer a very unique opportunity to go from one trailhead to another via the Zion Canyon Shuttle. Hop on and off wherever you like and explore all of the best areas the park has to offer.
  • CANYON OVERLOOK

    One of the most photographed places in the park, the Overlook features an easily hikeable trail that begins with a series of stone steps. From there you ascend to a point from which you can see vast portions of the Zion Canyon.

  • CAMPING

    Many who visit Zion Park opt to camp either in the park or nearby at some of the local campgrounds and RV stops. Within the park itself, one of the more popular accommodations beyond the camping experience is that of Zion Lodge, located right within the canyon.

  • THE NARROWS

    Probably the most popular hike in the park, The Narrows are the narrowest section of the Zion Canyon. In order to get the total experience, you will be hiking through part of the Virgin River, which means you will get a little (or a lot) wet. This is why late spring and summer tend to be the best times to attempt this particular hike.

THE WEATHER
  • Winter is the slow season. Camping isn't open for the winter season. Some lodges also close during the winter. It is the one season to definitely avoid.

  • Pro tips suggest that the best times to visit Zion are just before and just after the busy summer season. Early spring can have unpredictable weather. Some of popular hiking paths become closed with heavy snowmelt.

  • Temps are regular over 100 degrees and the park is crowded.

  • Early fall is probably the single best time to visit the park. The entire park is open, the weather is moderate, and the crowds are fewer than summer.