Top 10 Things to Do in Zion

Things to Do, What's New — By julietrevelyan on October 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Finding great activities in Zion National Park is easy to do. Hiking, biking, canyoneering, rock climbing are all top-notch in this beloved national park. From celebrated to less known, we present our list of the best things to do in Zion.

1) Zion Narrows

World-famous, the Zion Narrows are well worth the attention. Splash around at the end of Riverside Walk, or plunge in for an all-day or overnight trek.

2) Angels Landing

A long hike with a nice pay-off in the form of forever views, Angels Landing is definitely a must-do. Be prepared to stop and admire the view from Scout Lookout if the final ascent seems too much for you.

3) Emerald Pools

The three pools–Lower, Middle, and Upper–are quite popular with visitors. The Lower Pool is best on hot summer days. Middle Pool and Upper can get a little sketchy along the trail due to drop-offs, so watch those wiggly little ones hiking with you.

4) The Subway

You’ve seen pictures of the Subway before. A classically gorgeous slot canyon hike, it’s fairly easy, although use of ropes and swimming will both be needed.

5) Zion Canyon Scenic Byway

A gorgeous drive that boasts the best views. For those times you just want an easy day, or the people in your group prefer a drive to foot-power.

6) Mountain Biking on Gooseberry Mesa

You can mountain bike inside Zion, but only on certain paved roads. For a wilderness setting, 10 miles away lies Gooseberry Mesa. This area is wild, woolly, and a primo choice if mountain biking is your thing.

photo: bryand_nyc/Flickr

7) Springdale

Although technically not inside Zion, and a town to boot, Springdale gets a nod because a) it’s a really cool little town and b) most national parks don’t have any town, let alone a cool one, at their doorstep. Eat, drink, and be merry in Springdale.

8) Kolob Canyons

The less-visited northern section of Zion, the Kolob Canyons area is a must-see. The winding scenic drive is really stunning, and the hikes sublime–and thankfully less crowded.

9) Kolob Arch

One of the world’s largest freestanding natural arches, Kolob Arch isn’t easy to get to. But if you’re game, it’s definitely a hike to remember. The chances of seeing others along the trail are much slimmer than on hikes in the main Zion Canyon too.

10) Canyon Overlook

With its classic Zion views and short length, this one makes the list. Bring binocs to spot wildlife, and plan on it if you’re here in the winter–this is a great little snow hike.

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