MILES FROM LOS ANGELES
229 square miles.
National Park Service
Visitors to Zion National Park enjoy ancient nature paths and massive sandstone cliffs set against a brilliant backdrop. Zion is home to a unique array of wildlife and ideal for backpacking, climbing, canyoneering and other wilderness adventures.
Zion National Park has three campgrounds: South Campground and Watchman Campground near the south entrance, and Lava Point campground, about an hour drive from Zion Canyon.
There are also private campgrounds such as Zion Crest Campground, only a short drive from the park.
Angel's Landing: This is an advanced hike on the bucket list of many experienced hikers, offering some of the most spectacular views you'll ever see. Average time traveled is four to five hours.
The Narrows: This gorge is the narrowest section of the park. It has 1,000 ft. walls, and is only 20-30 ft. wide in some places. If you're looking for a scenic nature walk, you can hike the paved Riverside Walk. However,the true Narrows experience requires hiking through the Virgin River (yes, getting your feet wet) as there's no trail.
Zion is a prime location for canyoneering — a combination of route finding, rappelling, problem solving, swimming and hiking. There are many companies that offer guided canyoneering adventures, such as: Red Desert Adventure, Zion Adventures.
World-renowned and completely different from climbing in Yosemite. The sandstone cliffs in Zion are challenging, quite soft and not suited for beginners. For the less experienced, guided rock climbing tours are a great option.
This is a great way to skip the shuttle lines and enjoy the canyon at your own pace. Rentals are available from Zion Outfitter on a first-come, first-served basis. They also have information on the best trails in the canyon for all skill levels.
A sightseeing-filled adventure, and a great way to cool off in the summer heat. Open May through July, depending on river conditions. Tube rentals are available at Zion Outfitter.
Located in Springdale, a mile from Zion. Oscar's has been open for 21 years, serving American/Mexican fusion for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Minutes from the campgrounds, a small grocer that carries essentials for anything from day hikes to weekly groceries. They have one of Southern Utah's best selection of imported cheeses, and organic fair-trade coffees.
Located at the entrance of Zion National Park, serving pizza and pasta with fresh local ingredients. Family owned and run, they cater to both vegetarians and meat eaters, offer build-your-own pizzas, pastas and salads, and have a full beer and wine menu.
The only lodge located inside Zion National Park. Designed in 1924, the lodge still offers unrivaled views of Zion's sky-scraping sandstone cliffs and is the only place inside the park to eat. They also host a variety of ranger-led activities and youth programs.
Just across the street from the park, Cable Mountain Lodge is perfect for those seeking more luxurious amenities like 24-hr concierge service, spa and a selection of high-end suites.
Home to a roaming herd of buffalo, this authentic western destination features a collection of private lodges and cabins, farm-to-table dining (including a full wine list) and an abundance of resident animals.
If you’re looking for a true western experience, you've found it. The ranch is a full-service, private 4,000-acre ranch resort on the eastern border of Utah’s Zion National Park. Offerings: horseback riding, wagon rides and Dutch oven dinners.
Just outside the park's south entrance. Free to enter, the museum features permanent exhibits showcasing different human cultures that have occupied the area over time — American Indian life and historic pioneer settlement.