Whether you’re a first-time or return visitor to Zion National Park, there are many things to do. Here are five of the best sights to see that should be on your list of top things to do when visiting Zion.
1. The Court of the Patriarchs is one of the most recognizable and remarkable formations inside Zion National Park. The trio of sandstone cliffs is named for three Old Testament biblical figures: Abraham (6,890 feet high), Isaac (6,825 feet high), and Jacob (6,831 feet high). The peaks were name by a Methodist minister named Frederick Vining Fisher in 1916. Court of the Patriarchs is located just inside the main canyon area of Zion National Park, towering over Birch Creek Canyon and a section of the Virgin River. A 100-yard stroll leads to a viewing point for Court of the Patriarchs. The viewing point is also the trailhead to a 1.5-mile hike that leads to even better views of the sandstone prophets. You may even see rock climbers sheering up the face of Isaac.
2. Add seeing the Great White Throne to your list of top things to do in Zion National Park. The massive white Navajo sandstone mountain rises 2,350 feet above the Zion Canyon floor. Located near Angels Landing, you can also see this top sight from the scenic drive.
3. Angels Landing is the most breathtaking and dramatic hike in Zion National Park—and one of the most exhilarating hikes in the southwest. Hikers follow the face of a cliff during the ascent, travel through a narrow canyon, and then tackle a series of high switchbacks known as Walter’s Wiggles. The end of the hike is both harrowing and thrilling, as you cling to a chain handhold on a narrow fin with a 1,000+ foot drop-off on either side. The reward? This:
4. Whether you hike the 16-mile length of The Narrows or take the Riverside Walk to the mouth of The Narrows, it’s one of the best things to do in Zion National Park. The mile-long paved trail to the mouth of The Zion Narrows is the last stop on the shuttle bus along the Zion canyon floor. Once you walk to the end of the trail, you have the option of walking upriver just a bit or the entire 16 miles for one of the most wow-inducing experiences you can imagine. To hike The Narrows you’ll need to be prepared to hike through water, and register with the rangers at the Zion National Park Visitor Center. Please be sure to check water levels and weather conditions before heading into the Zion Narrows. Outside the park, the upper trailhead for The Narrows is accessible from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.
5. Zion Ponderosa is also the best way to reach Observation Point—that is, if you want so save yourself a strenuous hike from the bottom of the canyon floor. You can skip the uphill climb from inside Zion National Park, and instead make your way across Zion Ponderosa’s forested plateau. You’ll be rewarded with this sweeping view of the main canyon, called one of the best views in Utah: