TRIP IDEA: Zion National Park, Utah

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OVERVIEW

Zion National Park, located in Utah, boasts some of the most beautiful and unique rock canyons in the world. It is home to a large variety of plants and wildflowers, as well as over 78 species of mammals including elk, bighorn sheep, bats, porcupines, coyotes, mountain lions, and black bears. It has over 120 miles of hiking trails and endless adventure opportunities.

Desert Vacation: Zion National Park

GET WILD

  • Canyoneering through the Narrows: This beautiful slot canyon where the Virgin River flows, is surrounded by 2500 foot sandstone walls and gets so narrow that you must walk through the river at the base to see the best part.
  • Hike Angel’s Landing: This is hiking at its most extreme, but it also offers some of the best views of Zion National Park. The trail has switchbacks on an intense incline, followed by climbing a narrow ridge with 1,500 foot drops on both sides, and nothing but a chain to hold on to.
  • Rock climbing with Zion Adventures: Whether you are a beginner or advanced, Zion Adventures will teach you the skills and provide you with the equipment needed for this exciting guided rock climbing adventure.
  • Mountain biking or road biking: Either self-guided or with Zion Adventures, ride through a variety of terrain and experience Zion by the powered by your own two feet.
  • 4 x 4 backcountry tour with Zion Adventures: An open-air, all-terrain tour vehicle takes you through Zion’s backcountry and provides information on the local geology, flora, fauna, human history, and local folklore.
  • Horseback Tour with Canyon Trail RidesMarch through October you can take a horseback excursion through Zion. Choose either a 1 hour or 1/2 day adventure. 

THE BASICS

WHEN

Zion National Park is open all year, but the main season is March through October.


STAY

There are multiple lodging options in the town of Springdale, which is right outside of the park. There are also campgrounds inside of the park.


EAT

Breakfast at Oscar’s Cafe | Lunch at Wildcat Willies or have a picnic packed to go from Zion Park Gift & Deli | Dinner at the Bit N’ Spur Restaurant & Saloon or order a delicious pizza from Zion Pizza & Noodle Co.


ADVISORIES

Summer weather can be extremely hot and flash floods can occur so be sure to check the weather reports before you begin your adventures.


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