Zion National Park covers nearly 150,000 acres of some of the most incredible landscape in North America. Every year over 2.6 million people journey from all across the world to see the park’s natural splendors. With so much area, diversity, and popularity, how do you decide what features to visit inside Zion National Park? To help you out, we’ve complied a list of 5 locations we recommend for any trip to Zion. The park does charge an entrance fee, but it’s well worth it.
Number 5: Visit the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and the Zion Human History Museum. They provide a wealth of information on the area’s history, the establishment of the national park, and the abundant flora and fauna of the park. Both highly recommended for your first stop.
Number 4: The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway offers an appetizer of Zion as a whole. The legendary one-mile tunnel opens to reveal the grandeur of nature, fresh and exciting. This scenic route never fails to impress. If you have time for nothing else, drive this road.
Number 3: The Narrows is Zion’s most popular hike and for good reason. The Virgin River has cut through hundreds of feet of rock to create this remarkable narrow canyon. Hiking in the Narrows may require wading or even swimming. The chance to look upward, past 200 feet of cliff, only to see a mere streak of sky is not to be missed.
Number 2: Kolob Canyon is the unsung beauty of Zion National Park, complete with arches, bridges, and waterfalls. It cannot be reached via the main park entrance, but must be accessed by taking exit 40 off of I-15. The canyon can be toured by car or on foot. Adventurers might consider hiking cross-country to Kolob Arch. The trek is both exhausting and exhilarating.
Number 1: The very best of the very best, Angel’s Landing offers the greatest overlook anywhere in Zion National Park. Everyone agrees on this. Angel’s Landing can be reached only after a strenuous hike along the West Rim Trail. The view from the top is quite simply, the best.