The Ultimate Guide To Zion National Park
Located in southwestern Utah, Zion stands out for its geological wonders, the meeting place of the water and sand, creates a dramatic landscape. Zion National Park is home to the famous Zion Canyon, 15 miles long, and about 2,600 ft deep canyon, with spectacular reddish walls. The park is also home to several mountain peaks, canyons, rivers, slot canyons, natural arches, and several animal and plant species.
Address: GPS Lat: 37.200215, Lat: 112.986977, Entrance Fee: Private, non-commercial vehicle – $35
Must See Places in Zion National Park
In order to control the traffic within the park, no traffic is allowed up the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive past Canyon Junction unless you are staying at the Zion Lodge. Said that the park offers shuttle service to and within the park:
Springdale Shuttle: If you are staying in Springdale or have parked in Springdale, you could walk to the nearest shuttle-bus stop, and a Zion shuttle bus will take you up to the Zion Canyon National Park entrance.
Zion Canyon Shuttle: Once you have paid the entrance fee, you can board the Zion Canyon Shuttle. Which is a well narrated hop-on hop-off bus service stopping at all major attractions and trailheads. The main stops are – the Zion Museum, Canyon Junction, Court of the Patriarchs, Zion Lodge, the Grotto (start of the Angels Landing hike), Weeping Rock, and the Temple of Sinawava (close to the Zion Narrows where the steep canyon walls converge).
Court of the Patriarchs: Named after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob from the Bible, the Court of the Patriarchs, the three rock formations, looks like three sentinels guarding this beautiful place.
Angels Landing: It’s a very strenuous hike and is not for the faint heart. Towering above Zion Canyon, Angels Landing is one of the most iconic rock formations in the US. The trail to the top is very demanding, and I will not recommend this if you’re not a seasoned hiker. Starting at the Grotto trailhead, the hike to Angels Landing follows the West Rim Trail up and out of the west side of the main canyon.
The Narrows: This is by far my favorite thing in the entire Zion National Park, which can be strenuous as you would need to hike up the river, but it’s really worth it! Starting at the Temple of Sinawava, you can hike up the Riverside Walk trail and then continue walking along the river to see some of the most beautiful narrow sections of the Virgin River.
Emerald Pools: This is a family-friendly trail, starting from the Zion Lodge, which leads to an oasis tucked within the magnificent red rocks, via some hidden alcoves, waterfalls, and natural pools along the way.
Riverside Walk: This is another family-friendly hike, starting at the end of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, a paved 2.2-mile roundtrip trail that is mostly flat, offers some exceptional views of the Virgin River, as you pass through dense green hanging gardens and trees.
Weeping Rock: Yet another famous and family-friendly trail, starting at Weeping Rock Trailhead, Weeping Rock is a large bowl-shaped alcove. The lower layer of sandstone has been disintegrated, leaving water that flows straight out of a rock. Stand under the “tears” and admire the lush suspended gardens that in this gorgeous nook.
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