Plan your Visit to
Zion National Park
History and Tradition at its Best
Artifacts have been found from seemingly every part of history, but it was not until 1919 that Zion National Park was first formed. Tourism has steadily increased since that time and Zion National Park is one of the most visited sites in Utah today. Although many people come for the historical significance of the park, most people visit Zion National Park for the activities that can be found throughout the year.
When to go
March – April – May – June – July – August – September – October – November
Hiking – Stunning Vistas – Geological Formations – Climbing – Family – Swimming – Wildlife – Scenic Drives – Biking – Waterfalls – Bird-Watching – Winter Sports
The sport of rock climbing has been a long time favored activity of the most avid outdoors enthusiasts and provided that you have the right equipment, nearly anyone in adequate physical shape can do the activity, but the steep cliffs that are found within Zion National Park make rock climbing a bit more involved. The temperatures as well as the treacherous nature of the 2000 Foot walled stand stone cliffs make climbing them a significant challenge and therefore it is recommended that climbers have many climbs behind them and are noted as being experts before taking on these highly difficult structures.
There are some activities within Zion National Park that require the person to ascend the tallest structures such as rock climbing, but up is not the only direction that you can go while enjoying yourself within the park. Canyoneering is opposite of rock climbing and requires that you descend through small openings in canyons. For the true adventure seeker, there is nothing quite as exhilarating as descending into the canyons beneath. Apart from the ability to get into the canyons, many descents require problem solving techniques and a bit of know how when it comes to repelling into these deep and sometimes dark places. The Narrows, The Subway, and Orderville Canyon are just a few of the canyoneering sites that can be found within Zion National Park.
The Virginia River feeds directly into Lake Mead and is one of the few sources of water that will be found within Zion National Park. Although you may find it soothing to sit back and find a nice spot to watch the water go by, you will quickly learn that relaxation and fun can be had within its cool refreshing waters. River tubing is an activity that really takes no skill at all. Families and people of all ages enjoy the pure elation of allowing the river to take them on a journey through cavernous canyons carved by centuries of rushing waters.
There are few places within the very dry climate of Zion National Park and if you prefer your water experience to be a bit more still than the Virginia River, you need only to venture off the main paths a little bit to discover the Pine Creek Waterfall. This waterfall is very little known, but offers visitors the opportunity to cool off in the cool waters of the local swimming hole. Visitors that make their way to the swimming hole rarely want to leave.
Take a Tour
Zion Canyon is likely where people have been if they have ever visited Zion National Park. It is the most popular place because it is the easiest to get to. However, if you want to really see what Zion National Park has to offer you are going to have to make it to the back country area where visitors often do not get the chance to venture. Since much of the park is quite dry and hot, the thought of venturing off into the desert wilderness leaves people a little uneasy. The only way to really get to see the true beauty of Zion National Park has to offer within its back country is with a guided tour. There are many different tours to choose from, from 4×4 tours, ATV tours, and even helicopter tours.
What You Need to Know Before You Visit
Like with all national parks, there are fees to visit. Not only do the park staff have to be paid for being a part of the experience, but it is them who ensure that the park remain clean and in order to ensure that it lasts throughout history. Do not despair however when it comes to these fees because an annual pass will allow for as many trips that you can make to the park within a one year period and will only cost you $80. 7-day passes are also available for $30 for a vehicle, $25 for a motorcycle, and $15 for pedestrians and bikes. Zion National Park is not to be missed and if you are going to be traveling through Utah, make certain that you plan ahead and reserve your lodging in advance because certain times of the year do fill up all lodgings around the park.
Download a Zion National Park Map
Planning a Zion National Park? Be sure to download the official Zion National Park map, below, or use our interactive maps to find restaurants, hotels, or activities along the route of your choosing in and around the park. Either way, don’t leave home without a map of Zion National Park. This free Zion National Park map shows park roads, attractions, and more.
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Official Zion National Park Map – Click on the Map to download