6 Things to Do in Zion that Don’t Involve Hiking

Things to Do, What's New — By julietrevelyan on May 31, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Of course, Zion National Park is really all about seeing the sights. Most people see those sights via hiking. But sometimes you just don’t wanna move that much, or members of your party can’t really hike, or other activitiessimply¬† appeal more. Luckily, Zion is located in a place that allows for more opportunities that just hiking. Here’s a round up of a few non-ambulatory things to do in Zion that are actually pretty cool.

1) Junior Ranger Program. Okay, a little bit of hiking is involved here. But it’s not “real” hiking, it’s just sort of walking around for the littlest people in your group. Check it out; they can earn a badge too.

2) Zion Shuttle. This will probably take you to places to hike. But you don’t have to get off the shuttle. It’s a great, clean fuel, free way to see the Park without needing to pay attention to your driving. Just look out the windows and enjoy.


checking out the views between shuttle stops

image: Alaskan Dude/Flickr

3) Zion Canyon Scenic Byway. But you want to drive, you say? Then cruise along this most lovely road, pull into the turnouts for pics, and see some of Zion’s grandeur from the road.

4) Tuacahn Amphitheatre. Come to “Broadway in the desert” for an experience you’ll not soon forget. Dinner is available along with the current show.

5) The Shakespearean Festival. In Cedar City, near the Kolob Canyons section of Zion, this 50-year-old festival offers up superb entertainment in an authentically-styled playhouse.

image: twbuckner/Flickr

6) Canyon Trail Rides. If you want to be on a trail but not sweat as much, why not ride a horse? Steer your trusty cowpony along the Sand Bench Trail and enjoy the views with half as much effort.

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