Zion Canyon Park
Zion Canyon offers spectacular trails for every level of hiker that show off the park’s amazing scenery and biodiversity
The most popular section of Zion National Park, Zion Canyon, is a spectacle of some of the park’s most spectacular rock formations, including Angels Landing, the Court of the Patriarchs, and the Great White Throne. Zion Canyon’s trails provide visitors differing vantage points of these incredible formations, as well as a glimpse of the park’s astounding biodiversity, from lush, hanging gardens to dry, desert environments. One of Zion Canyon’s most famous trails is the Angels Landing Trail, a five-mile (round trip) journey to the top of the enormous rock monolith, which is not for anyone fearful of heights. Shorter trails appropriate for the entire family are Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, and Riverside Walk.
To prepare you for your journey into Zion Canyon, stop at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to check out the outdoor displays describing each one of the canyon’s trails so you can choose what path interests you the most and plan your time accordingly. If you are visiting from April to October, you must board the Zion Canyon Shuttle from the visitor center to access the 6.5-mile Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The free, mandatory shuttle system stops seven times at major trailheads and points of interest on its way to the Temple of Sinawava, the last shuttle stop in Zion Canyon. Shuttle drivers offer narration that includes interesting tidbits about the park’s geology, history, flora and fauna.
There is more to southern Utah than Zion Canyon. Other scenic treasures in the area are Snow Canyon State Park, Red Cliffs Recreation Area, and Sand Hollow State Park. The St. George, Utah area also offers 11 scenic golf courses, natural history attractions, pioneer historic sites, top-notch theatrical venues and brand-name retail outlets. Before you arrive, contact the St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, who will help build your itinerary and help you decide on the best lodging option. We want your southern Utah vacation visiting Zion Canyon and other attractions to be an exciting, memorable experience.