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Are you planning a trip to Zion National Park? Here is your complete guide to Zion National Park to make your trip efficient and memorable. Check out these 13 tips for visiting Zion National Park to help you plan a great trip.

Zion National Park is a treasure of the American West! It is the oldest and most visited Utah National Park. The Zion Canyon was carved over millions of years by the Virgin River and it is approximately 2,000 feet deep.

There are so many incredible hiking opportunities in Zion National Park like the famous Angel’s Landing, America’s scariest hike, or the legendary Zion Narrows where the Virgin River is your trail. And, if you are not into hiking, then check out Scenic Drive in Zion which is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of Zion National Park!

And, to top it off, the California Condor, the largest flying bird in North America can be found in the wild in Zion National Park.

Did you know that there are 5 National Parks in Utah called Utah’s Mighty 5? Have you visited all of them? Which one is your favorite? Let me know. If you have not been to any of them, then get inspired and check out Epic 7-Day Road Trip Through Utah National Parks.

NUMBER 1

How to Get to Zion National Park

Zion National Park is located in southwestern Utah, near the town of Springdale, Utah.

The closest International Airports to Zion National Park that you can fly into are located in Las Vegas (LAS), Nevada, and Salt Lake City (SLC), Utah.

There are smaller Regional Airports in St. George (SGU), Utah, and Cedar City (CDC), Utah.

From my personal experience, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas International Airports have the most inexpensive flights. However, you should check all of these airports and see which one is the best option for you. I usually use Skyscanner when I am searching for flights.

Next, you will need to rent a car and drive to Zion National Park. I like to use Discover Cars for the best car rental rates.

  • Driving from Las Vegas, Nevada – 160 miles (2 h 30 min)
  • Driving from Salt Lake City, Utah – 308 miles (4 h 30 min)
  • Driving from Cedar City, Utah – 58 miles (1 h 5 min)
  • Driving from St. George, Utah – 41 miles (1 h)

NUMBER 2

Best Time to Visit Zion National Park to Avoid the Crowds

Zion National Park is a great destination to visit at any time of the year. And, it is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. However, some facilities reduce the opening hours during winter. I have visited Zion so many times at different times of the year and I have to honestly say that it is an awesome place to see no matter what month you visit!

  • Spring and Fall (April-May and September-October)

Needless to say, April and May and then September and October, are my favorite months to visit Zion National Park. The temperatures are mild with daytime temps in the 60s and 70s F. By the same token, you will see fewer crowds and have some serene experiences on trails and at viewpoints.

  • Summer (June through September)

Summer is the high season. The number of tourists skyrockets during these months. Needless to say, expect a lot of companionship on the trails and everywhere throughout the park. The temperatures skyrocket as well ranging from the high 80s to 100s F.

  • Winter (November through March)

Winter is a good time to visit Zion National Park. Above all, you will be able to find some solitude. Snow seldom reaches the canyon floor and that being the case, the scenic drive and some hiking can be enjoyed during that time. Temperatures can range from low 50s to sometimes low 70s F. However, make sure to check the weather and local snow conditions. Make sure that the trails you are planning to hike are clear and safe. For example, during the winter months trails like Angels Landing can be snowy/icy on the higher sections.

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NUMBER 3

Where to Stay When Visiting Zion National Park

  • Staying Inside Zion National Park 

Hands down, nothing beats staying inside the park! However, accommodations are very limited and you will need to make reservations at least a year in advance. Zion Lodge is the only hotel inside the park. It is open year-round and has several different types of accommodations like cabins, hotel rooms, and suites. My recommendation is to get a cabin. They all have gas log fireplaces, private porches, full baths, microwaves, and mini-refrigerators.

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Cabin at Zion Lodge in Zion National Park.
Zion National Park - Things to Know Before you Visit
All cabins have gas log fireplaces, private porches, full baths, microwaves, and mini-refrigerators.

Zion National Park has three campgrounds. South and Watchman Campgrounds are inside the Zion Canyon, Lava Point Campground is about 1-hour drive from Zion Canyon on the Kolob Terrace Road.

South Campground is located about 0.5 miles from the South Entrance. It is open from March through October. It has 117 sites.

Watchman Campground is located about 0.25 miles from the South Entrance. Tent and electric campsites are available year-round. Watchman Campground has 190 sites.

Reservations for both South and Watchman Campgrounds need to be made well in advance at Recreation.gov.

Lava Point Campground is located about 1-hour drive from Zion Canyon on the Kolob Terrace Road. This campground is typically open May through September, as weather allows. There are 6 primitive campsites available first-come, first-serve. The campground has pit toilets and trash cans, but no water. Vehicles longer than 19 feet are not permitted on the road to the campground.

  • Staying Near Zion National Park

Springdale, UT is conveniently right at the entrance to Zion and it is the perfect getaway to Zion National Park. There are many options of where you can stay in Springdale and several good places where to can grab a bite to eat.

I stayed in Springdale several times and my two top choices are Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park, and SpringHill Suites by Marriott Springdale Zion National Park. Both places are clean and comfortable, and the location is perfect.

Hands down, if you are in Springdale, UT then head to Oscar’s Cafe. Everything on the menu is simply delicious! However, make sure to try the murder burger or the pork burrito.  Another place you should check out is Spotted Dog. My recommendation is to try the Southwest Chicken with wild rice and fresh mango avocado salsa.

NUMBER 4

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Zion National Park

In order to visit Zion National Park, you need to purchase a recreational use pass (at the entrance to the park). The pass is valid for 7 consecutive days and costs $35 per vehicle.

If you are visiting several national parks, then you should look into buying America the Beautiful National Park Pass. This pass will save you money. For example, if you are planning a road trip through Utah National Parks, then you will save $70 with the pass. This $80 pass is valid for 12 months and gets you into all 400+ national park sites!

Click here to buy America the Beautiful National Park Pass.

NUMBER 5

How to Get Around in Zion National Park

If you are visiting Zion National Park between the months of March through November, then you will have to use the shuttle. No private vehicles are allowed inside the park.

The cost of the shuttle is included in your recreational use pass. You can hop on and hop off at any of the shuttle stops.

There are two shuttle routes:

  • Zion Canyon Shuttle

Zion Canyon Shuttle is located inside the park. It runs from Zion National Park Visitor Center along the Zion Scenic Drive and makes 9 stops at viewpoints and trailheads.

Map of Zion Shuttle

Map of Zion Canyon Shuttle Stops. Image Credit: NPS

  • Springdale Shuttle 

The second shuttle route is located in the Town of Springdale. It stops at 9 locations in the town of Springdale and picks up and drops off visitors at the park’s pedestrian/bike entrance.

Map of Springdale Shuttle

Map of Springdale Shuttle Stops. Image Credit: NPS

NUMBER 6

Download Google Offline Maps Prior to Your Visit

Do not rely on cell phone coverage when visiting Zion National Park. While you can get reception in the town of Springdale and at the Zion Lodge, you are very unlikely to get any cell phone service once you are inside the Zion Canyon.

Make sure to download google offline maps and use them to help you navigate through Zion National Park without cell phone reception.

NUMBER 7

Cool Things to Know About Zion National Park

  • The United States Congress established Zion National Park on November 19, 1919. A separate Zion National Monument, the Kolob Canyons area, was proclaimed on January 22, 1937, and was incorporated into the park on July 11, 1956. Zion National Park covers an area of 229 square miles.
  • The word Zion is derived from ancient Hebrew. Mormon pioneers, the initial Anglo-European settlers, arrived in the area in the late 1800s. The credit for naming the area Zion goes to them. In ancient Hebrew, Zion means refuge or sanctuary.
  • Zion was home to the Anasazi, a civilization, which thrived around 1,500 BC. Today, you can find traces of their network of roads, sandstone villages, and rock gardens throughout the park.
  • The Zion Canyon is approximately 2,000 feet deep and it took millions of years for it to get carved by the Virgin River.
  • Zion National Park is home to one of the most endangered species, the California Condor.
  • One of the world’s largest natural freestanding arches can be found in Zion National Park. It is known as Kolob Arch and it is 287 feet long.
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Kolob Arch is the sixth-longest natural arch in the world. Its span is 287.4 feet which is slightly shorter than Landscape Arch in Arches National Park.

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  • Angels Landing Trail, considered to be one of America’s scariest hikes, is in Zion National Park. It is 2.2 miles one-way and climbs 1,488 feet with exposed edges and sheer drops.
  • Another famous hike, Zion Narrows, is in Zion. It is truly a legendary hike with the Virgin River as your trail.
Zion Narrows

The Narrows can be hiked either as a top-down through-hike from Chamberlain Ranch to the Temple of Sinawava or as an up-and-back bottom-up hike from the Temple of Sinawava.

Zion Narrows

Water levels change from season to season. Thunderstorms can cause The Narrows to flash flood during the summer. If you are hiking Zion Narrows during rainy periods, check the weather forecast. 

NUMBER 8

Top 10 Experiences in Zion National Park

  • Angels Landing Trail – this is the most popular hike in Zion National Park. The final section of this hike traverses a narrow ridge high above the valley floor. You will need to use chains to pull yourself up. This hike offers stunning views of the Zion Canyon, however, it is not recommended for those with a fear of heights. If you decide to hike Angels Landing Trail, then you will need to make a timed entry reservation at recreation.gov.
  • Observation Point Trail – a hike to Observation Point is an excellent alternative to the Angels Landing Trail and the views are far superior to the views from Angels Landing. However, be prepared for a long and challenging hike.
  • Zion Narrows Trail – this is a legendary hike that should be on your bucket list. The Virgin River is your trail. You are hiking in the knee to waist-deep water surrounded by towering walls of the Zion Canyon.
  • Zion-Mount Carmel Highway – this winding scenic drive connects the Visitor Center to the east entrance of the park. On the way, you will pass through the tunnel, and enjoy spectacular views.
  • Canyon Junction Bridge – this is the place to watch the sunset in Zion National Park. Needless to say, do not expect any solitude at this popular location. You will have plenty of company here. Make sure to arrive early to secure your spot and capture one of the most iconic views in Zion.
The Watchman in Zion

The view of the Watchman towering over the Virgin River is one of the most iconic images of Zion National Park. The best view is from Canyon Junction Bridge at sunset when the setting sun brings out the colors of red and orange. 

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  • Emerald Pools Trail – this is a great trail that is perfect for every fitness level. The trail will take you to several small pools and waterfalls cascading over an alcove.
  • Hidden Canyon Trail – is one of the most challenging trails in Zion National  Park. It is similar to Angels Landing (chains), however, it is less crowded.
  • West Rim Trail – it is a long-distance trail with some of the most spectacular views of the Zion National Park.
  • The Subway – hands down, the Subway is a spectacular hike and one of the most dramatic photography locations in Zion. The Subway is similar to Zion Narrows, however, it is a technically challenging trail that requires canyoneering skills. A permit is required to hike the Subway.
The Subway in Zion

The Subway hike is similar to the famous Zion Narrows, only more intense. You climb down waterfalls and scramble over boulders. A permit is required to hike this trail. 

The Subway in Zion

During the first part of the hike, you stay on top of ridges and cross shallow washes, until you reach the Left Fork Canyon and Russell Creek.

NUMBER 9

3 Absolute Must-Do Things in Zion National Park

If do not have much time reserved for Zion, then here are my absolute 3 must-do things that you should not miss if you are visiting Zion National Park:

  • Hands down! The number one thing you should do in Zion National Park is to take the Zion Scenic Drive and explore the sights on the Scenic Drive. There are many spectacular viewpoints and short and easy hikes that are perfect for everyone.
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Scenic Drive in Zion is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of Zion National Park. There are the 13 stops and viewpoints on Scenic Drive in Zion National Park you can’t miss! Check out my post here

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  • Zion National Park is a hiker’s paradise. There are so many easy and short hikes that are perfect for the entire family.  There is no shortage of challenging trails that will take you to some breathtaking lookouts. and test your fitness level.

Best Zion Hikes for the Entire Family:

  • Riverside Walk
  • Weeping Rock
  • Emerald Pools
  • Canyon Overlook Trail

Zion Hikes with the Best Views:

  • Observation Point
  • Angels Landing
  • West Rim Trail
  • Canyon Overlook Trail

Challenging Trails in Zion National Park:

  • Angels Landing
  • Zion Narrows
  • Observation Point
  • The Subway
  • Hidden Canyon
Observation Point Trail in Zion

View of the Zion Canyon on the Observation Point Trail. It is a fairly strenuous trail and you will need at least 4-6 hours to complete this hike. 

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  • Go for a bike ride in Zion National Park. It is the best thing to do in Zion National Park. You will love it!

Zion National Park allows bicycles in the park!

Check out the Pa’rus Trail. It is an awesome bike path that follows the Virgin River with several bridge crossings. And, it is great for the entire family with very little elevation change. The Pa’rus Trailhead is located at the Visitor Center. It goes 1.75 and ends at the Canyon Junction.

However, you may continue on the main road in the canyon, which goes for 6 miles. The main road ends at the Temple of Sinawava, which is shuttle stop number 9.

Another option is to take a shuttle to the Temple of Sinawava. You simply put your bike on the shuttle bike rack and ride to the Temple of Sinawava. From the Temple of Sinawava, you will ride downhill most of the way down the canyon. However, I need to mention that there is a significant uphill grade between Weeping Rock and the Grotto.

In addition, one of the things to keep in mind is that the shuttle buses are not allowed to pass moving bicycles. When a shuttle bus approaches, you need to pull over and allow the bus to pass.

Finally, if you need to rent a bike, then you can do it in Springdale, Utah. Zion Cycles, located in Springdale has all kinds of bikes that you can rent. Another option is to rent your bike at Zion Lodge, which is located about halfway up the canyon road.

After you finish biking on P’rus Trail, you may continue on the main road in the canyon, which goes for 6 miles. The main road ends at the Temple of Sinawava, which is shuttle stop #9.

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NUMBER 10

How Long Should You Spend in Zion National Park

My recommendation is to spend a minimum of one day in Zion National Park (preferably, a day and a half, if your time allows). What to do in Zion National Park in one day? Here is my recommended itinerary for one day in Zion National Park:

  • Hike Angels Landing Trail 

My recommendation is to start the day by hiking Zion’s famous Angels Landing!

However, keep in mind that it is a strenuous hike and it is definitely not for people with a fear of heights. The last section of the trail is on the narrow spine of the mountain. You will have to use chains to help you up.

So, prepare and plan accordingly. Check out my post and find out all the details, and take a good look at the pictures of the last section of the hike where you will need to use the chains!

However, the reward is tremendous! You will be in an awe of how spectacular the Zion Canyon looks from the top of Angels Landing.

Angels Landing Trail

Angels Landing is one of the most iconic hikes in Zion National Park. The trail to the seemingly inaccessible summit passes along a thin, rocky ridge. 

Angels Landing Trail

Only thick metal chains bolted into the rock offer protection in the form of handholds.

  • Hike to Lower Emerald Pools

After hiking Angels Landing, you will need to slow down a bit to get your energy back. Stop by at the Zion Lodge (shuttle stop number five) for a quick bite or have a picnic at the Grotto (shuttle stop number six). And, afterward, hike to Lower Emerald Pools hike. You will love it! It is a short and easy trail that will take you to and along and under several waterfalls and to a couple of pools.

  • Stop at Canyon Junction Bridge at Sunset 

Finish off the day by going directly to Canyon Junction Bridge (shuttle stop number three). It is the one of best photography locations in Zion National Park to capture the Watchman Mountain with the Virgin River flowing below. Hands down, it is the most iconic view of Zion National Park. And, it is especially spectacular at sunset!

  • The Zion Narrows Hike 

It is hard to pack all the best sights and hikes into one day. That is why I am recommending you spend at least a day and a half in Zion National Park. So, start off your second day by hiking the Zion Narrows.

Honestly, you should not leave Zion National Park without hiking the Zion Narrows! The Zion Narrows is a legendary hike! The Virgin River is your trail.

I have to add that some advance planning is necessary if you decide to hike the Zion Narrows. Make sure to read Zion Narrows Hike – Step-By-Step Guide.

NUMBER 11

Best Photo Spots in Zion National Park

Zion National Park is a photographer’s dream! Here are my favorite photography locations in Zion:

  • Observation Point

Observation Point is the top-best photo spot in the entire Zion National Park! However, it requires some hiking along Observation Point Trail. If you are up for a strenuous hike, then you will be rewarded with the most stunning 360-degree views.

What I like about Observation Point Trail is that it is not as busy as the Angels Landing Trail. You will get to enjoy some peaceful moments on this trail, plus you will not have to wait in line to take some photos. Above all, the view tops all the views in Zion National Park!

To your right, you will have the West Rim Trail and the inspiring Angels Landing.  A little farther down the canyon, you can see the Three Patriarchs. On the left are the East Rim, Cable Mountain, and Great White Throne.  Far down the canyon, you can see the Watchman. And, right below you is the valley with the Virgin River going around the Organ and the Angels Landing and forming the Big Bend.

Observation Point Trail in Zion

The view from the Observation Point Trail is simply off the charts! To your right, you will have the West Rim Trail and the inspiring Angels Landing.  

Tips for Visiting Zion

  • Canyon Overlook 

Canyon Overlook is the best viewpoint in Zion National Park to photograph the Zion Canyon with the switchbacks below the west end of the Mount Carmel Tunnel, West Temple, the Towers of the Virgins, the Streaked Wall, and the Beehives.

The Canyon Overlook Trailhead is located on Mount Carmel Highway 9, right by the east entrance to the Mount Carmel Tunnel. There is no shuttle service available in this area, so you will need to use your vehicle.

The parking area is located on the south side of the road, and the trailhead is across the street, on the north side of the road.

The hike from the trailhead to the Canyon Overlook is about 1-mile one-way. It is a moderate hike with some sharp but short inclines.

Tips for Visiting Zion

Canyon Overlook is the best viewpoint in Zion National Park to photograph the Zion Canyon with the switchbacks below the west end of the Mount Carmel Tunnel, West Temple, the Towers of the Virgins, the Streaked Wall, and the Beehives.

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NUMBER 12

What to Pack for Zion National Park

I have seen many visitors to Zion National Park hiking in their flip-flops, without any sun protection, and above all with no water. Following is a simple list of what to pack for your visit to Zion:

  • Appropriate footwear

Trail shoes are great; hiking boots are even better since they offer more support. You’ll want sturdy, comfortable hiking boots with solid traction. Don’t forget to break in your shoes before bringing them to Zion National Park. Also, do not forget merino wool socks. They will keep your feet dry, and protect you from blisters.

  • Plenty of water

Without enough water, your body’s muscles and organs simply cannot perform as well. Consuming too little water will not only make you thirsty but susceptible to hypothermia and altitude sickness. I have been using Yeti Rumbler 26 oz insulated, stainless steel bottle, and I am highly recommending it!

  • Food

Food will help keep up energy and morale. I like RXBAR. It is a high-protein bar, gluten-free, and it is super yummy! Make sure to get a variety pack to keep it interesting.

  • Rain gear and extra clothing

The weatherman is not always right. Be prepared for unannounced rain or a cold spell. Dress in layers. It will allow you to adjust to changing weather and activity levels. Two rules: avoid cotton (it keeps moisture close to your skin) and always carry a hat. I have had my North Face Women’s Osito Triclimate Jacket for years, and I love it. Also, I am highly recommending these Patagonia moisture-wicking hiking shirts and Patagonia warm fleece pullovers.

  • First aid kit

Prepackaged first-aid kits for hikers are available at any outfitter.

  • Knife

A knife or even better, a multi-purpose tool is always good to have. These enable you to cut strips of cloth into bandages, remove splinters, etc.

  • Protect Yourself from the Sun

If you are hiking in the summer, keep in mind that many trails are unshaded, so it’s important to protect yourself from the sun. Sunscreen is essential, however, a lightweight long sleeve shirt is a must! My favorite are sun shirts by Columbia. Also, it is a good idea to wear lightweight long pants to protect yourself from the sun and bugs!

Wear sunglasses with UV protection. Sunglasses are an important part of your sun-protective wardrobe. When purchasing sunglasses, always look for lenses that offer UV protection.

A wide-brimmed hat is a simple and effective way to cover up your face and neck. When selecting a hat, choose one that has a wide brim, which will protect your ears, as well as your head and neck. Avoid baseball hats or straw hats with holes, as these are not as effective in protecting you outdoors.

  • Apply an effective insect repellent

Insect repellent is an important step against mosquitoes and ticks that can spread diseases like West Nile and Lyme.  When selecting an effective insect repellent, do not look at the brand names, but rather, look at the concentration of the active ingredients. Concentrations of DEET at 25 to 30% are the best to keep you protected.

  • Daypack/backpack

You need something you can carry comfortably and has the features designed to keep you hiking smartly. Don’t forget the rain cover; some packs come with one built-in. I have Osprey Daylite Daypack and it is perfect for day hiking.

  • Camera!!!

Zion National Park is a photographer’s dream! If you are like me, you will be taking hundreds, if not thousands, of photos. The scenery is just breathtaking and constantly changing. I have a Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Super Telephoto Camera that I bought a couple of years ago and I really like it.

  • A spare battery for the camera

Make sure to have a spare battery for your camera. I think there is nothing more frustrating than knowing that you still have half a day ahead of you, yet your camera’s battery is gone.

  • Tripod

If you are taking photos during the golden hour (shortly after sunrise or before sunset) when the light is softer, a tripod is essential for long exposure shots. Also, I like a tripod since it gives me more stability when taking close-ups of wildlife. I have Manfrotto Befree Live Carbon Fiber Tripod with Fluid Head. It is only 3.0 pounds and it fits nicely in my backpack.

  • Binoculars!

If your camera does not have a good zoom, then binoculars are a must. I know that luck will be on your side and you will see some wildlife, and what to treat to see them up close.

  • Trash Bag

This will make sure that the trail will stay beautiful for generations to come. A zip-lock bag is a great option as well for keeping the trash you pick up along the trail separate from the rest of your gear.

NUMBER 13

Best Places to Explore Near Zion National Park

Zion National Park is located close by some of the most incredible spots in the United States! If your time allows, check them out.

  • Bryce Canyon National Park 

Bryce Canyon National Park is located about 75 miles (1 hour and 40 minutes) from Zion National Park. You can easily explore Bryce Canyon in one day on a day trip from Zion.

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View of the Bryce Amphitheater in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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  • Grand Canyon National Park 

Grand Canyon National Park is located 98 miles (about a 2-hour drive) from Zion National Park. It is another great road trip that you should add to your bucket list of places to see. Grand Canyon is simply just that – GRAND! If you have not visited Grand Canyon National Park, you need to go.

  • Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend is located about 107 miles (about 2-hour drive) from Zion National Park. And, honestly, it is really hard to put into words the sheer breathtaking quality the bend provides. The views are spectacular!

Tips for First Visit to Zion

At Horseshoe Bend, the Colorado River created a roughly 1,000 ft deep, 270º horseshoe-shaped bend. 

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  • Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is located about 112 miles (about a 2-hour drive) from Zion National Park. And, Antelope Canyon has been on my list of places to visit for the longest time. I have seen pictures of the Lower and Upper Antelope Canyons and I knew that I have to see both go them. You have to see these canyons to believe how spectacular they are. You will get to see flowing red canyon walls, twisted rocks, beams of light shining through, and falling sands.

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is referred to as one canyon but is actually made up of two separate slot canyons: Upper Antelope, or The Crack, and Lower Antelope, or The Corkscrew.

Guide to Zion National Park

The canyon is located in the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation, near Page, Arizona. A Guided tour is required to enter the canyon.

Intrepid Scout's Tips for Zion National Park

  • If you decide to hike Angel’s Landing Trail in Zion then you need to reserve Timed Entry Ticket. Visit recreation.gov to make reservations.
  • Stock up on snacks and water, and fill up the gas tank. Get all your groceries (water, snacks, lunch) and fill up the gas tank before entering the park. You will save some money by packing your own lunch. There is a restaurant and a small store at Zion Lodge, however, be prepared to pay extra for food and water.
  • Be prepared for crowds. Zion National Park is the most visited national park in the United States. 4.5 million people visited Zion National Park in 2019. With that being the case, be prepared for crowds everywhere.
  • Park your vehicle in Springdale, UT, and then take the shuttle. Parking is very limited inside Zion National Park and private vehicles are not allowed past the Canyon Junction if the shuttle is operating. Park your vehicle in Springdale and then take the shuttle. There are nine shuttle stops in Springdale.
  • Arrive early. The shuttle starts operating at 6 am. Be the first one in the line to board the shuttle. You will be able to experience some solitude on the trails and not wait in line to take a picture.
  • A trip to Zion is perfect when paired with a side trip to Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument, or Canyonlands, Capitol Reef National Parks.

Check out my post: Zion to Bryce Canyon: 3-Day Adventure (with Maps and Photos)

Did you know that Utah has five national parks known as ‘The Mighty 5‘. Have you visited any of them? Which is your favorite Utah National Park? Let me know in the comments below which one you think is one of the best Utah national parks. Get inspired with this Epic 7-Day Road Trip Through Utah National Parks.

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