Zion Canyon National Park
Though incredibly spectacular, Zion Canyon is not the only place you should visit on your southern Utah vacation
Zion National Park is on the itinerary of most southern Utah visitors. Most Zion visitors spend most of their time in the park in Zion Canyon, which is home to many of the park’s most famous natural landmarks, including the Court of the Patriarchs, Angels Landing and the Great White Throne. These stone monoliths, and others, tower 2,000 to 3,000 feet above Zion Canyon’s floor. The canyon features hiking trails for every level and ability, from a ¼-mile jaunt up to Weeping Rock, where constant water seepage through sandstone has created lush, hanging gardens, to the strenuous four-mile climb up to Observation Point, one of the best top-down views of the canyon. Other popular trails within the canyon are the Riverside Walk and Emerald Pools, which are both perfect for the entire family.
In addition to Zion Canyon, visitors will want to experience the 1.1-mile Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, blasted through sandstone from 1927 to 1930. At the end of the tunnel is the trailhead of the Canyon Overlook Trail, which provides an excellent top-down view (without a strenuous climb) of lower Zion Canyon, West Temple, and the Towers of the Virgin. If you would like to avoid the crowds of Zion Canyon, visit the Kolob Canyons section, located just off I-15’s exit 40. This northwestern portion of the park features towering red sandstone monoliths, narrow canyons, and excellent views of the nearby Pine Valley Mountains.
When you make St. George your base camp while visiting Zion Canyon or other sections of Zion National Park, you are near other attractions worth putting on your itinerary, including pioneer historic sites, natural history museums, scenic golf courses, and brand-name retail outlets. When you are planning your Zion National Park vacation, contact the St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for information on lodging options, activities, and entertainment. We will help you fill out your southern Utah itinerary with activities and destinations that will please every family member.