5 Reasons To Explore Zion National Park

Explore some of the most dramatic terrain in Utah.

Utah's Zion National Park is an adventurer's dream landscape and host to some of the most iconic natural scenery in North America. The geological formations, fertile soil, and vibrant sandstone color make Zion a truly unique destination and with 229 square miles to its name, you'll never see it all. Take our advice and be sure to hit up these five adventures.

1. The Subway

This has to be on of the coolest hikes in Utah, if not the country. Start at the top to do some canyoneering to the Subway, or start and the bottom for a hike up the riverbed. Learn more.

2. The Watchmen

Canyon Junction Bridge provides photographers with the ideal vantage point for shooting Zion's most iconic peak. Learn more.

3. Angel’s Landing

One of the most famous hikes in the National Parks System and a serious right to brag - the final approach to the summit is not for the faint of heart. Hike in the evening for cooler temps, smaller crowds, and the desert twilight sky. Learn more.

4. The Narrows

Wade in the Virgin River through a massive slot canyon on one of Zion’s most famous and most visited hikes. Wondering where the name comes from? Some sections of this hike are through 2,000 ft. canyon walls only 30 feet apart. Learn more.

5. Observation Point

Up, up, up then down, down down. This tough hike has the world class views of Zion Canyon without the crowds. Learn more.

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Remember to always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and be sure to brush up on LNT principles for backcountry fires as well.

Published: March 25, 2015


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