Zion National Park, Utah

Stretching for almost 230 square miles and featuring an absurd amount of canyons, cliffs and cultural heritage, Zion is without doubt one of Utah's most incredible destinations and a must visit location on a USA Southwest tour.

Zion National Park Tours

Zion National Park ToursWeighing in at 15 miles long and half a mile deep, it's pretty tricky not to spot Zion Canyon and no trip to Zion National Park can fail to take in the magnitude of this mighty russet red trench.

This is where the Mojave Desert meets the Colorado Plateau and thanks to the Virgin River (a tributary of the Colorado River) you'll find numerous species of plants, birds, mammals and reptiles which all call the park their natural home.

Aside from the plant and wildlife, Zion National Park is also well-known for an incredible wealth of landscapes that have been formed since time began and if you fancy trekking within the realm of: mountains, canyons, buttes and natural sandstone arches, then there's no finer place in the whole of Southwest USA. 

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Zion National Park, Utah

Zion Insider Tips

Cool off in the Virgin River
There are numerous ways to beat the heat in Zion National Park and from floppy hats to early morning starts, you're bound to find the right method to suit you. However, if you don't mind getting wet then undoubtedly the best means of staying cool in the summer is to get kitted out with a pair of old trainers, a swim suit and waterproof sunscreen before jumping on-board an inflatable tube and floating down the Virgin River. Fast-flowing rapids and lazy old meandering means that tubing in Zion is the only way to travel.
When to go
Zion is seasonal and as such you'll experience a range of temperatures and an ever-changing foliage throughout the year. Summers in Utah can get pretty hot and you'll stand every chance of getting drenched from an afternoon thunderstorm which normally occur during July and August. With these factors in mind, the best times of year to visit are largely spring and autumn as there are less crowds, less heat and less chance of flash floods. If you prefer even fewer people and even milder temperatures then winter is ideal. Snow fall is rare you'll almost get the park to yourself.
Highlights & Activities

Zion National Park Tour Highlights

Emerald Pools
You'll find Zion's fabled Emerald Pools to be as accessible as they are enchanting. From scenic rest stops to sublime swim spots, this is one of the park's most best-loved locations. There are 3 main pools to be found amongst the ferns and cotton wood trees.
Hike to Angels Landing
This trail, with a series of superbly named switchbacks (Walter's Wiggles) has to be up there with the best of them. The last stretch from Scout Lookout to the summit of Angels Landing is truly a breathtaking adventure.
The Narrows
Aptly named but none the less a surprise, the Zion Narrows present just over 15 miles of carved sandstone walls that stretch towards a thin ribbon of blue sky some 2000 feet up. Chances of getting wet feet are pretty much par for the course!
Horseback riding
Zion National Park hikes are one thing but the chance to explore on horseback presents another sort of fantasy altogether. Imagine following a trail through steep sandstone walls before appearing at a hidden grotto, to alight and refill your water canteen.

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