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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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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 $249 per night from May 10 to May 11
Located in Zion National Park South Entrance, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of DeZion Gallery and Zion National Park South Entrance. Zion National Park and ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,467 reviews)
"Great view, clean, cute pool for the kids."

Reviewed on Apr 19, 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
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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. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (456 reviews)
"I love everything except the sheets and the beds very uncomfortable and a lot of static."

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

Zion Lodge - Inside The Park
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 $204 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
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. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,733 reviews)
"Great place to stay. The town is only minutes away. The shuttle to Zion is very convenient. Great view from our room window. Staff kept our room very clean while we were gone for the day. Only negatives if I could find any: The walls between the rooms are thin. If people are making a lot of noise ..."

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2021

Majestic View Lodge at Zion National Park
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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 $249 per night from May 10 to May 11
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
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 $204 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Majestic View Lodge at Zion National Park
Bumbleberry Inn
Bumbleberry Inn
3 out of 5
97 Bumbleberry Lane, Springdale, UT
The price is $178 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Bumbleberry Inn
Pioneer Lodge
Pioneer Lodge
3 out of 5
838 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
The price is $209 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Pioneer 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 $199 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites
Under Canvas Zion
Under Canvas Zion
2 out of 5
3955 N. Kolob Road, Virgin, UT
The price is $399 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Under Canvas Zion
Wander Camp Zion
Wander Camp Zion
2 out of 5
Smith Mesa, Virgin, UT
Wander Camp Zion
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 $170 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion National Park Area, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.