In the Park
It's easy to get to--just a hop, skip, and a jump from Las Vegas and right outside the major town of St. George. It's filled with staggeringly beautiful sights, adventuresome activities, and quite the selection of almost-city delights due to the proximity of its gateway town, Springdale. Let's face it: Zion National Park is just itching to be visited and explored, and for good reason.
Zion National Park is a dramatic place made up of sheer cliffs and winding canyons, all carved out of striking red, white, and pink stone--plus every shade in between! The many hikes and trails throughout the park showcase centuries of Utah's geologic history. The central Zion Canyon contains some of the best views in, and of, Zion National Park. During the high-tourist season (May-September), the clean-fuel Zion shuttle stops at all of the major trailheads. (Note that you must take the Zion shuttle rather than your car during those seasons, unless you have special needs or are staying at the Zion Lodge.) Visitors can hike, ride, pedal and climb to their heart's content. Local outfitters such as Zion Rock & Mountain Guides and Zion Adventures can tailor-make a trip for you.
The most famous Zion attractions are Angels Landing and the Zion Narrows, both of which are unforgettable, world-class experiences. Shorter, less difficult yet still excellent hikes include Weeping Rock, Lower Emerald Pools, and the very gentle Riverside Walk. Take your bike or your (leashed) pooch or both along the Pa'rus Trail.
Local lodging offers a number of great options. Stay in the Watchman Campground or the Zion Lodge to be right inside the Park. In adjacent Springdale, try the Desert Pearl for luxury, and the Terrace Brook Lodge or Zion Park Motel for budget. And St. George offers every chain motel to upscale hotel.
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