Active Things To Do in Zion National Park



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  • You came to Zion to get some exercise, didn't you? We've rounded up a list of the most active things to do in Zion. Meaning you'll get a workout with a great pay-off in the form of views and stunning natural beauty. This list of top active things includes some real toughies, so get ready to get your lungs working.

    The first two on our list of best active things to do in Zion are Angels Landing and the Zion Narrows. These hikes seem to make almost every list. Why are they on this particular list? Because you'll not only work out, you'll get the opportunity to experience stellar hikes that people from all over the world come to Zion to do. On Angels Landing, you'll use those leg muscles heading to the top. At the Narrows, you'll wade against the current of the Virgin River as you head into this most famous of slot canyons.

    The Subway and West Rim aren't done as often, probably because both require more effort. But there's a reason the Subway is called a classic slot canyon hike and the West Rim's views have been compared to Yoesmite's. The Emerald Pools (Lower, Middle, and Upper) head uphill, leading to fantastic views.

    Observation Point will really tax you if you attempt it midsummer, midday, so plan ahead. This steep, super rewarding hike will get your lungs pumping with all the fresh air. Hidden Canyon is a great summer choice because it's shady, but still fairly strenuous.

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    Angels Landing

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    Staggering drop-offs, walking a razor's edge, excellent views, uphill trail... read more

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    The Narrows

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    Incredible canyon scenery, slot canyons, waterfalls... read more

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    West Rim

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    Yosemite-like views, backpacker fave, two-car shuttle trip... read more

    The Subway

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    Classic technical slot canyon. Only do it with an experienced canyoneer! 9.5 miles, 7-9 hours... read more

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    Kolob Arch

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    Remote hike to one of world's largest freestanding arches... read more

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    Emerald Pools-Kayenta Loop

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    Stupendous vistas, seasonal waterfalls, deep green pools, wildflowers... read more

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    Hidden Canyon

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    Steep drop-offs, great summer hike, shady, natural arch... read more

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    Observation Point

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    Best camera views, long hike, hard, accesses many trails... read more

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    Lower West Rim to Cabin Spring

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    Long hike to spectacular views... read more

    Chinle Trail

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    Excellent winter hiking trail with views of classic Zion monoliths. 16.2 miles roundtrip (can be shortened)... read more
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