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Zion Park Vacation

Take in the sights and sounds of Color Country and you will make your vacation unforgettable. Millions of people visit Zion National Park each year and for good reason. The small Southern Utah park is sensational!  So much is packed together in one tight bundle, making it easy to experience every spectacular corner of Zion. The trails in the park are adventurous, spectacular and something you will want to include in your vacation plans! The hikes range from easy walks to strenuous climbs on sheer cliffs to wading through the famous Zion Narrows.  There is something for everyone, from those who want a leisure walk to those that want hard-core hiking and backpacking.  There are climbing routes, canyoneering adventures and plenty of views for windshield tourists.

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Zion National Park Vacation itinerary

Day 1 - Grab an ice chest and fill it with drinks and food. Take the time to eat a good breakfast since you will be on the Zion National Park trails and scenic drives, for the rest of the day.

Enjoy the towering monoliths, whimsical hoodoos and patterned slickrock along the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. Immediately after entering the park, from the east side, there is a scenic pull-out where the geological wonder, Checkerboard Mesa, is viewed.  There are several more pull-outs along the road through Zion to stop and enjoy.  When you get to the south side of Zion, park your vehicle at the visitor center and get on the Zion Canyon Shuttle. The shuttle runs March - November. The rest of the year you may drive your private vehicle into Zion Canyon.

Parking is usually available at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. The shuttle picks up visitors there and takes them on a six-mile scenic drive into Zion Canyon. Many of the classic trails in Zion National Park are located along this short section of road. All roads in Zion National Park are open year-round, either by shuttle or your private vehicle. Oversized Vehicles.

Suggested Trails
Weeping Rock - .5 mile round-trip. The trail is steep, but it's an easy hike to a charming, "weeping" alcove.
Riverside Walk - 2 miles round -trip. Graded dirt path along the Virgin River. An easy stroll along a riparian environment. 
Emerald Pools - 2.4 miles round-trip.  A moderate hike to 3 different and unique emerald colored pools.

Get on the shuttle and return to your private vehicle. Take some time to go into the Zion Human History Museum which offers an outstanding movie (no charge) and some interesting displays about Zion National Park's history.

Canyon Overlook - 1 mile round trip. Head back toward the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, past the Switchbacks, the Great Arch and the Beehives. Park on the east side of the tunnel.  This is the trailhead for the Canyon Overlook Trail. You will not want to miss the trail.  The hike ends in a spectacular view of the Zion Switchbacks and Pine Creek. Allow one hour for this hike.

Head back towards the east entrance of Zion National Park.  Stopping at the pull-outs along the highway.  As you look at the mountains imagine the days when these were piles of sand, now hardened into unique carvings of Navajo Sandstone.

Lodging - Drive back to the east side of Zion National Park for lodging. Return to the east side of the park and prepare for day 2 of  the spectacular "Canyon Country " Vacation in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Suggested Trails

Zion Narrows - Plunge into the Virgin River and explore the Zion Narrows. The narrowest sections of the Zion Narrows are within 3 miles of the end of the Riverside Walk.

Orderville Canyon - Enter Orderville Canyon while hiking the Zion Narrows.  Orderville Canyon's water is not as fresh as the Narrows, but the sculpted rock along the trail is magnificent.

Angels Landing - Angels Landing combined with part of the West Rim trail is a 5 mile round-trip. The trail leads to a spectacular peak with impressive views of Zion Canyon. Allow four to five hours for the round trip.

East Rim Trail - The trail is 10 miles one way. Begin near the entry booth, by the east entrance to Zion National Park. This trail can be hiked one way if you arrange a pick-up vehicle at the Weeping Rock parking lot or at a shuttle stop when the shuttles are running.  The trail begins in slickrock country and climbs to the top of a high mesa and then winds through some impressive scenery.

Kids - Zion National Park has a fun class room-like Junior Explorer program for Kids. Kids will also enjoy some of the easier trails in the park including: Weeping Rock, Riverside Walk, Lower Emerald Pools and the Pa'rus Trail.  Kids may also enjoy the Junior Ranger program. To participate, pick up a booklet at the visitor center.

Zion National Park Vacation: Canyon Country

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Private vehicles can travel SR-9, from Zion's south entrance, out the east entrance (or visa versa) to the junction of SR-9 & US-89 year-round, 24 hours a day. See tunnel restrictions for Oversized Vehicles. In summer, the only access to the Scenic Zion Canyon Drive is via Zion's shuttle, but during the winter private vehicles can travel in the canyon. Exact dates the shuttle runs may vary.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is a shinning jewel of the "Grand Circle," which is made up of nearly two dozen National Parks and Monuments in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. Although Zion National Park is not well known when compared to the Grand Canyon, it surpasses it in special ways. These two magnificent places, however, should not be compared, but instead both enjoyed to their fullest. The Grand Canyon is well known, but visitors to Zion National Park are in awe after seeing it for the first time.

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