WELCOME TO ZION NATIONAL PARK!

In the heart of desert slot canyon territory in southwestern Utah is the most awe-inspiring place on the planet: Zion National Park. While Zion is fairly small compared to other national parks, it has an abundance of hiking opportunities through much diverse terrain. This site is dedicated to everybody who loves Zion and to everybody who loves to explore the outdoors. Choose from one of the items below to get started!

Introduction to Zion (Zion National Park)
Introduction to Zion (Zion National Park)

INTRODUCTION TO ZION NATIONAL PARK

If you are new to Zion National Park, please start with this introduction to get oriented. Topics include getting to Zion National Park (flying and driving), entrance fees, finding parking at the Visitor Center and Springdale, navigating the Zion shuttle bus system, and dealing with crowds at this very popular national park. Also covered are dining and lodging ideas and conditions during different seasons.

Best Zion Hikes (Zion National Park)
Best Zion Hikes (Zion National Park)

THE BEST HIKES IN ZION NATIONAL PARK

Zion National Park has a wide range of hiking opportunities from short family-friendly strolls to longer strenuous day hikes in diverse terrain from arid desert sections to breathtakingly majestic viewpoints to lush forests and claustrophobic slot canyons. If you are a first-time visitor and want to see the best of Zion in a few days, try to squeeze in several of the short-and-easy hikes as well as a few of the more strenuous ones.

Zion Canyon Hikes Organized by Shuttle Stop (Zion National Park)
Zion Canyon Hikes Organized by Shuttle Stop (Zion National Park)

HIKES IN ZION CANYON (Organized by Shuttle Stop)

If you are planning to spend the day visiting the popular Zion Canyon either by riding the Zion Canyon Line of the free shuttle bus system or by riding a bike or e-bike up the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, there are many great hiking trails to be found at just about every stop from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to the end of the line at the Temple of Sinawava. There is more to see than just Angels Landing and the Zion Narrows.

Milky Way in the Kolob Terrace (Zion National Park)
Milky Way in the Kolob Terrace (Zion National Park)

ZION PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

Zion National Park is a paradise for landscape photographers, with glowing orange, red, and pink textured sandstone formations interplaying with the lush vegetation provided by weeping walls and the emerald waters of the Virgin River. This article discusses some tips and ideas for good spots to catch sunrise and sunset, photogenic landmarks and hikes, and how to deal with wet environments like the Zion Narrows.

Milky Way in the Kolob Terrace (Zion National Park)
Milky Way in the Kolob Terrace (Zion National Park)

CANYONEERING IN ZION NATIONAL PARK

Canyoneering is an activity that involves hiking as well as rappelling, downclimbing, route finding, rope work, and swimming in cold water to allow you to see much more remote and secluded scenery than you could by simply hiking. Zion National Park is considered a mecca for canyoneering with several world-famous canyons like the Zion Narrows and the Subway, as well as countless obscure and remote canyons.

Many More Hiking Ideas (Zion National Park)
Many More Hiking Ideas (Zion National Park)

MANY MORE HIKING IDEAS!

Hidden in this website are write-ups for over 90 hikes in Zion National Park and the greater Zion area. View more hiking ideas organized by sections of the park: Zion Canyon, More Zion Canyon, Upper East Canyon, Zion Narrows, the Kolob Terrace, Kolob Canyons Section, the Desert Lowlands, and the Greater Zion Area. IMPORTANT: It is up to you to determine if a route is appropriate for your ability and experience.

This site is written and maintained by Joe Braun, an avid hiker and photographer who has been exploring and photographing Zion National Park for over 30 years. None of this site is written by AI; I am a real human being who enjoys writing and sharing my first-hand hiking experiences and photographs with other people who enjoy the outdoors. About this Site...

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