This list of the Top Ten things to do in Zion National Park will give you some ideas for what will be best for you and your traveling companions.
1- Scenic Drive: The drive between the east and west gates of Zion National Park on highway 9 is a great drive, but the drive up into the main canyon at Zion, the so-called scenic drive, is quite spectacular. Access this drive by going down into the park and turning right after you have passed the tunnel and descended to the canyon floor:
2- Overlook & Zion Tunnel: From the east gate, just before you get to the Zion tunnel you will find two areas where you can park your car. From here you can climb a short set of stairs and walk to the west toward an overlook of part of the main canyon. This is the easiest hike in the park that allows you to see from the top-down.
3- Narrows Trail: At the top of the main canyon there is a mile-long paved path that is called the Riverside Walk. This trail leads deeper into what is called The Narrows section of the park. At the end of the paved trail you have the option of walking in the river as far up The Narrows as you wish. Check for details on water levels at the park information center.
4- Zion Narrows: The Zion Narrows is a 16 mile long section of the Virgin River that varies in width but is where steep rock faces form the sides of the river. This area is quite surreal and is one of the most unique hiking experiences in America. You can start at the bottom on the Narrows Trail and go up, but some intrepid hikers will start at the top and hike down. The upper trail-head for this hike is most easily accessible from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.
5- Weeping Rock: During the main season, you can ride the shuttle to various points of interest. One of the best is Weeping Rock where the water seeps down from the upper plateau, through the sandstone, and exits in a rock alcove. In the spring or during a rain storm you’ll also see a waterfall here.
6- Emerald Pools: This is one of the most popular hikes in the park and leads from the Virgin River (mid-canyon) to two different pools of water up against the cliff faces. This is a mildly strenuous ascent that leads to a point where waterfalls may also be visible at certain times of year or after a rain.
7- Angels Landing: Perhaps one of the most dramatic and exciting hikes in America. Visitors ascend mid-canyon along the face of a rock cliff, and then enter a narrow upper canyon before ascending on a back-and-forth section of trail called Walter’s Wiggles. Beyond this you will traverse a narrow fin with a drop-off on both sides (1,000+ feet) and then ascend the last section of the hike along a spine that leads to the top of Angels Landing.
8- Observation Point: From Zion Ponderosa you can walk across the plateau to Observation Point, or you may begin a much more strenuous four-mile hike from the bottom of the park near Weeping Rock. This hike takes you to one of the highest views of the main canyon.
9- Wildlife Viewing: Year-round you may be able to view deer, wild turkeys, and large birds such as eagles, condors, hawks, and ravens. Bighorn sheep also inhabit the park’s upper east side (above the tunnel) and it is quite common to see these large animals near the road.
10- Court of the Patriarchs: One of the more remarkable views is found just after you enter the main canyon (on your right). Here you’ll find a stopping point with a short walk (100 yards) to a view point for three large formations referred to as the Court of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob).
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