Is it worth it to stay inside Zion National Park?
We recommend a 3-4 night stay at Zion National Park. This allows visitors time to take in all of the sights of Zion and enough time to enjoy the main hikes (Angels Landing, the Narrows via Riverside Walk and the Emerald Pools hikes) .
What is the best part of Zion National Park?
11 Top Attractions & Things to Do in Zion National Park
Weeping Rock. Riverside Walk. Lower Emerald Pools. Checkerboard Mesa and the East Side of Zion National Park. Human History Museum. Canyon Trail Rides. Canyoneering and Rock Climbing. Rock climbers in Zion Canyon. Camping. South Campground | Photo Copyright: Lana Law.
How many days do you need for Zion National Park?
We suggest you plan at least 5-7 days for your trip to Zion National Park. If you're an avid hiker, take your time visiting popular (and strenuous) day hikes such as Angels Landing, Zion Narrows Day Hike, and Observation Point Trail. To avoid hunger and dehydration, pack plenty of water and snacks before you set out.
The Greater St. George area is located between 45 minutes – 1 hour from Springdale and Zion National Park. Snow Canyon State Park honestly has formations that rival some of those in Zion and the Red Cliffs recreation area will have you feeling like you might be in a slot canyon near the Narrows.
Visitors may also opt for overnight accommodations in or near the less-trafficked parts of Zion: Cedar City is an excellent gateway to the Kolob Canyons section while Kanab, smaller towns on U.S. 89 and lodging on S.R. 9 access the East Entrance.
Camping is allowed in the designated campsites in Watchman, South, and Lava Point Campgrounds, and with a Wilderness Permit in designated areas of the Zion Wilderness. Overnight accommodations in Zion Canyon are typically full from March to November. Camping or sleeping in pullouts or parking lots is prohibited.
The top cities between Zion National Park and Las Vegas are Boulder City and St. George. Boulder City is the most popular city on the route — it's 3 hours from Zion National Park and less than an hour from Las Vegas.
The best time of year to visit Zion and avoid the crowds is in the late fall, winter and early spring. While the weather may be chilly, and less facilities are open, the amount of visitors is exponentially less this time of year.
10 Things to Do in Zion National Park Other Than Hike
While you can only drive through Zion Canyon in your own car a few months out of the year, you can always drive the Mount Carmel Highway. This 12-mile highway connects the south and east entrances of Zion National Park, and driving it is an experience in itself.