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Dec 01

Top 10 Things to do or see in Zion National Park

Karen and I were lucky enough to spend a few days in Zion National Park during a spring break trip through Southern Utah.  The few days there were not enough to see all or do all the wonderful things there in this fabulous national park, and we have already made plans of reliving that wonderful vacation that we had.  The time period that we went was a blessing and a curse at the same time.  We went during the window when personal vehicles were allowed throughout the park which was nice because we could go at our own pace, but it was a little too cold to do some of the more famous things at the park like walking through the Narrows area of the park.  Karen and I really enjoyed our time at Zion National Park but unfortunately we did not do enough planning beforehand and did not get to see everything that we should have.  So, if we ever make it back here is what we are definitely going to see.  Here is our list of the top 10 things to do or see in Zion National Park.

Top 10 Things to do or see in Zion National Park

10. Zion Human History Museum

Dan Zion Human History Museumvia
There is no better place to get a feel for the history of Zion National Park then at Zion Human History Museum.  Here a visitor will learn about the human history of Zion from the Native Americans that lived in the area to pioneers moving in to how the area became a part of the national park system.

9. Canyon Overlook Trail

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A well maintained trail will lead you to one of the classic overlooks of Zion National Park.  It is a short easy hike at just over a mile.  If you are not much of a hiker and our mainly sticking to the shuttle service during the high season or your own car during the off season then this is a good hike for you.

8. Riverside Walk

Riverside Walkvia
Riverside Walk is another great stroll to take for the casual hiker.  It is wheelchair accessible and provides great views of the Virgin River and the lush vegetation that can be found along its banks.  It is roughly a two mile round trip walk that is well worth your time and effort.

7. The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway

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Zion-Mount Carmel is a wonderful scenic road that takes its travelers to and through Zion National Park.  This is one of times that it is definitely better to be the passenger than the driver.

6. The Zion Subway

The Zion Subwayvia
One of the more difficult day hikes in Zion National Park.  It requires a backcountry permit which only about 50 are given out a day and requires canyoneering skills as you will have to rappel down several areas.  The Zion Subway can also be reached from the bottom up which means you do not have to rappel, but it to requires a permit to hike.

5. Weeping Rock Trail

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Weeping Rock is a very short hike to one of Zion’s more famous landmarks.  A short 10 minute walk will take you to the weeping walls of a lush hanging garden.

4. Observation Point Trail

Zion NP - Observation Point Survey Marker (7356_fix_crop)via
This trail will make you work for the awesome views that await those willing to climb the 2,200 feet of elevation to get there.  It is a long day hike at over 8 miles that tops out at the highest point in Zion National Park.  All that work will lead to a view that looks down upon angel landing and a wonderful view of the main canyon.

3. Kolob Canyons

Kolob Canyons, Zion NPvia
Kolob Canyon section of Zion National Park located in the northwest part of the park towards Cedar City Utah is an area that is often overlooked but is just as beautiful as the rest of the park.  This area has several trails, a chance to see arches, and spectacular colors especially around sunset.

2. The Narrows

Zion National Park - The Narrows Entrancevia
If you know anything about Zion National Park there are two areas that define it the North Fork of the Virgin River aka the Zion Narrows and the vertigo inspiring hike to Angel’s Landing.  Either of those two spots could be first or second in my list.  This is a great hike that can be done either as a day hike or overnight.  It is a slot canyon so risk of flash flood is always there, but the beauty of this area is well worth any slight risk there might be.

1. Angel’s Landing Trail

Angel's Landing hikevia
Angel’s Landing is the classic hike of Zion National Park one that will leave you exhilarated and wanting to do again or if you have a healthy fear of heights will leave you thinking why in the world I ever did that.  It is vertigo inducing and not recommended for anybody with a fear of heights but leads to one of the most scenic spots you may ever see.

We hope you enjoyed our list of the top 10 things to see or do in Zion National Park. Is there anything that you think we left off or if you disagree with our top 10 sound off by leaving a comment.  Please check out our other top to lists by clicking here.  Happy Travels!

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