When visiting Zion National Park it’s clear that the early settlers thought of the park as a spiritual place; many of the most impressive sights have names with religious meanings, and it’s easy to understand why. Zion Nation Park is incredibly beautiful.
No matter which direction you come from when visiting Zion, you must drive through the East entrance of the park on Highway 9. You’ll drive through Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, which spans 1.1 miles and changes direction.
Things to Do
The scenic drive is open to shuttle busses only from spring to fall. Favorite sights along the scenic drive include the Court of the Patriarchs, Weeping Rock and Temple of Sinawava.
The best way to experience Zion is to get out of your vehicle and walk or hike. For less strenuous hikes, we suggest the trip to Lower Emerald Pools via the Emerald Pools Trail, and a trip down Riverside Walk to the entrance to The Narrows.
Zion is an ideal national park for experienced hikers, because the trails are numerous and some offer difficult trails with incredible views. With 18 trails to choose from, you could easily spend weeks exploring this park. Arguably the most famous trail in Zion is Angels Landing, called one of the top hikes in America. This 5.4-mile trail 1,488 feet to overlook Zion. Another popular advanced hike in Zion is The Narrows, in which hikers traverse along and within the Fork River to Orderville Canyon and back. The Narrows trail is the river itself, so hikers should research at length before attempting this strenuous hike.
Whether you’re in a vehicle or on foot, you’re likely to spot wildlife at Zion National Park, particularly mule deer and mountain goats. Make sure you follow all park guidelines and keep your distance from wild animals.
Read about all of Utah’s National Parks and view our suggested itinerary for visiting them all!
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