Zion National Park

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Zion National Park featuring hiking or walking and tranquil scenes as well as a small group of people

Hikers of every level, and non-hikers too, can access views of the deep canyon and incredible red sandstone cliffs of this land of natural wonder. 

Colorful cliffs within Zion National Park provide unforgettable views. Ride horseback, hike, bicycle or ride a shuttle through the canyon to observe striking geological formations etched from orange, pink and white layers of sandstone.

The terrain offers delightful trails for every hiking skill level. Ride the 80-minute-roundtrip shuttle, stepping off at multiple points to take photos. For easy to moderate walks, follow Pa’rus Trail along the Virgin River or Lower Emerald Pool trail to reach a waterfall. Both provide valley views. Ride horseback along Sand Bench Trail and hike atop a landslide.

For greater challenges, make the strenuous half-day hike up 27 switchbacks to Angels Landing, a ridge 1,500 feet (460 meters) above the valley floor, for 360-degree views of Zion Canyon. Far below, hike through the Narrows at river level, learn to canyoneer on the Subway trail to Keyhole Falls or hike to Kolob Arch, one of the world’s largest freestanding arches. Try other activities: wilderness backpacking, camping, river tubing, four-wheel drive touring, rock climbing and of course, taking beautiful photographs.

Look for more than 900 species of plants, some seemingly growing from barren rock. Over 200 kinds of birds live here or migrate through. Spot the brown shapes of mule deer or desert bighorn sheep moving slowly in front of orange sandstone and look for a California condor high on the cliffs.

This popular site attracts millions of visitors annually, meaning parking spaces within the canyon fill rapidly. Park in Springdale and catch the free Springdale Shuttle for convenient park access. Then use the free hop-on, hop-off Zion Canyon Shuttle to move within the park.

Zion National Park is at Utah’s southwest corner, a 2.5-hour drive from Las Vegas, Nevada. After visiting Zion, continue northeast to the strikingly etched landscapes of Utah’s four other national parks. If you have a large vehicle, be aware of Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel permit requirements. To camp, make reservations, especially during peak seasons.

Purchase an economical interagency pass for access to all U.S. national parks; seniors receive big discounts. Zion National Park is open year-round. Enjoy your visit to this colorful treasure.

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Majestic View Lodge at Zion National Park
Majestic View Lodge at Zion National Park
3 out of 5
2400 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $110 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Located in Zion National Park South Entrance, this lodge is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Tanner Amphitheater and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Zion National Park South Entrance. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,788 reviews)
"This was a great place to stay! The only thing missing was a microwave in our room."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Majestic View Lodge at Zion National Park
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale
3 out of 5
792 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
The price is $129 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Located in Zion National Park South Entrance, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of DeZion Gallery, Zion National Park, and Zion National Park South Entrance. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,513 reviews)
"Great location in center of town."

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale
Zion Lodge - Inside The Park
Zion Lodge - Inside The Park
3 out of 5
1 Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, Springdale, UT
Located in Zion National Park South Entrance, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Court of the Patriarchs Viewpoint, Kayenta Trail, and West Rim Trailhead South. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (498 reviews)
"Seems like a lot of money for a very basic room. Had to ask for cups for the provided coffee. I guess you are paying for the scenery which is amazing but won’t spend the money to stay there again."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

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Majestic View Lodge at Zion National Park
Majestic View Lodge at Zion National Park
3 out of 5
2400 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
The price is $110 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Majestic View Lodge at Zion National Park
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale
3 out of 5
792 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
The price is $129 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale
Zion Lodge - Inside The Park
Zion Lodge - Inside The Park
3 out of 5
1 Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, Springdale, UT
Zion Lodge - Inside The Park
Under Canvas Zion
Under Canvas Zion
2 out of 5
3955 N. Kolob Road, Virgin, UT
The price is $359 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Under Canvas Zion
Bumbleberry Inn
Bumbleberry Inn
3 out of 5
97 Bumbleberry Lane, Springdale, UT
The price is $116 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
Bumbleberry Inn
Zion Canyon Lodge
Zion Canyon Lodge
3 out of 5
990 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT
The price is $129 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Zion Canyon Lodge
Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites
Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
668 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
The price is $169 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites
Zion Wildflower
Zion Wildflower
100 Kolob Terrace Rd, Virgin, UT
The price is $134 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Zion Wildflower
Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion National Park Area, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion National Park Area, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1215 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
The price is $189 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion National Park Area, an IHG Hotel
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