If you are coming to southern Utah to visit Zion, explore Zion Canyon but also give the Kolob Canyon section a chance
Southern Utahís most popular tourist destination, Zion is the most visited national park in Utah. Attracting approximately 2.5 million visitors per year, Zion is only 43 miles from St. George, the largest city in southern Utah. The main attraction in Zion is its enormous rock monoliths that tower 2,000 to 3,000 feet above the canyon floor. Most Zion visitors explore Zion Canyon, the most popular section of the park boasting a large concentration of monoliths that include notables such as the Court of the Patriarchs, Angels Landing, and the Great White Throne. Zion Canyon boasts numerous hiking trails appropriate for the entire family, including paths that are three miles or less (round trip), such as the Emerald Pools Trail System, the Weeping Rock Trail and the Riverside Walk.
From April to October, the only way to access Zionís most popular road, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, is via a free, mandatory shuttle system. Originating from the visitor center, the Zion shuttle makes seven stops on its way up the canyon at major trailheads and points of interest, including Zion Lodge, Weeping Rock, and the Temple of Sinawava, the last stop in the canyon. Before debarking at their chosen stop, visitors can catch glimpses of Zionís unparalleled scenery and listen to interesting tidbits about its geology, history, for and fauna from the shuttle driver. The shuttle system also includes a loop in the town of Springdale, Zionís gateway community. The terminus of the town shuttle is the parking lot of the Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theatre, where passengers debark and cross a footbridge over the Virgin River to the Zion Visitor Center.
In addition to Zion, the St. George, Utah area offers many other activities and attractions. Hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, ATV riding, fishing, boating, and wakeboarding are only a few of the recreation options available in southern Utahís state parks, recreation areas and BLM land. The St. George area also boasts ghost towns, pioneer historic sites, natural history attractions, scenic golf courses, outlet stores, top-notch theatrical venues and much more. If you plan to go on a Zion/Southern Utah vacation anytime soon, call the St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for up-to-date, detailed information that will help you fill up your itinerary with activities the entire family can enjoy. We want your trip to Zion and southern Utahís other attractions to be an experience you will remember for the rest of your life!