Things to See and Do
There are 250 square miles of incredible land to explore in Zion National Park. From flowing water snaking through canyons to magnificent sheer walls rising above them, Zion has been developing geologically for millions of years. Enjoy the biological diversity of three climatic zones, from sub-alpine cool to desert warmth. This diverse terrain houses over 800 plant species, 271 birds, 75 mammals, and numerous rare fish. Hike into secret canyons with refreshing pools and towering multi-colored sandstone buttes, and scale to glorious vistas with hundred-mile breathtaking views in all directions.
To enter the park, purchase a 7-day pass for a fee of $25 dollars per private vehicle or per family. Alternatively, you can purchase a National Parks Pass for $80—valid for one year at any national park area. Visit the Zion National Park website for more information and trail maps.
There are many ways to enjoy the park — from wheelchair accessible paths to technical climbing routes. Start your adventures at the Zion Visitor & Discovery Center ¼ mile north of Flanigan’s. They offer a free park video production and museum, bookstore, and have several helpful rangers to answer your park questions. The Free Shuttles operate from April through October. The Town Shuttle stops at Flanigan’s about every 12 minutes and will take you to the Park entrance – the Park Shuttle runs from the Visitor Center to trailheads along the river as often as every 6 minutes.
“The Narrows” is the most famous river walk in all of the national parks. This follows the winding Virgin River—the last free-flowing river on the Colorado Plateau. Hike the strenuous “Angel’s Landing” trail to a magnificent viewpoint with thousand-foot dropoffs. Or, enjoy any of other other hiking trails in the park.
Quick Trail Details
Indicated mileages and times are figured for round-trip.
Additional detailed maps and information, including a
‘Virtual Hike of Angel’s Landing’ may be found at the Zion National Park website
Easy Walks in Zion
- Weeping Rock Trail: Walk to a spring and “hanging garden”.
0.5 mi/0.5 hr
- Canyon Overlook Trail: Walk up a natural path to a canyon viewpoint.
1 mi/1 hr
- Lower Emerald Pools Trail: easy paved walk to a waterfall.
1.2 mi/1 hr
- Pa’rus Trail: Walk or bike along the Virgin River. Level and paved.
3.5 mi/1.5 hr
- Riverside Walk: Follow the river up the narrowing canyon.
2 mi/1.5 hr
Strenuous Hikes in Zion
- Hidden Canyon Trail: Fairly strenuous hike to a hanging canyon.
2 mi/3 hr
- Angel’s Landing Trail: Hike up Walter’s Wiggles to Angel’s Landing. Caution!
5 mi/4 hr
- Observation Point Trail: Hike up slickrock to a fantastic view. Caution!
8 mi/5 hr
Moderate Hikes in Zion
- Middle Emerald Pools Trail: Walk to pools and waterfalls. Caution!
2 mi/2 hr
- Watchman Trail: Walk to a viewpoint of the lower canyon.
2 mi/2 hr
- Riverside Walk/Gateway to the Narrows up to Orderville Canyon: Wade up the river to explore the Virgin Narrows, weather permitting. Winter hiking with proper winter gear is a recommended experience.
2 mi/1.5 hr
- Sand Bench Trail: A loop trail to a pinyon-covered plateau.
7.5 mi/5 hr