10 Reasons to Visit Zion National Park

Things to Do, What's New — By julietrevelyan on May 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Called a gem of the National Park system, Zion is a jaw-dropping paradise of towering red rock walls, tumbling waterfalls, hikes from gentle riverside strolls to multi-day backcountry excursions, and the surprising yet very welcome little town of Springdale nestled right by the park’s southern entrance. Why should you visit? My 10 favorite reasons:

1. Zion Narrows. World-famous, totally worthy of placement on your bucket list.


Zion Narrows

[photo: Ada Be/Flickr]

2. Junior Ranger Program. Get the kids involved. They learn, have fun, & you can relax a bit while they hang with the rangers.

3. Emerald Pools. Three pools, three hikes, amazing views all along.

4. Angels Landing. Hike smart, be rewarded with the most stunning views in Zion.

5. Kolob Arch. It’s a haul, but it takes you to one of the world’s largest freestanding arches. Sweet.

6. Zion Shuttle. They get it: a free, clean-fuel shuttle to cut down on pollution, traffic, & irritable visitors.

7. Pa’rus Trail. You can walk, jog, bike, take your leashed dog, navigate a wheelchair, push a stroller on it.

8. Observation Point. Deserving of its name. Bring your camera and exercise your lungs on the way up.

9. Canyon Trail Rides. Ride a horse through the scenery. Fun!

10. The Subway. No, not underground travel, but a cool slot canyon for adventuresome explorers.


Tags: angels landing, canyon trail rides, emerald pools, hiking, horseback riding, junior ranger, kolob arch, National Park, observation point, pa'rus trail, Zion, zion narrows, Zion shuttle


  • Christina says:

    I second Angel’s Landing and the Subway. These are two of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever been on. I would like to add the Hidden Canyon hike and that scary edge with the chain. Yikes!

  • Julie Trevelyan says:

    Hidden Canyon is beautiful as well, for sure. There are several scary edges in Zion…the chains at least provide some measure of psychological safety, lol!


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