Hiking is one of the most rewarding ways to explore Zion National Park—and there’s a diversity of beautiful trails ranging from easy and family-friendly to backcountry challenges. It’s easy enough to get around Zion on your own, but hiking with a guide can add greatly to the experience.
Zion Ponderosa hiking guides are local experts. They know the highlights of each trail, the most scenic viewpoints, and interesting information about the Zion area. During a guided hike, Zion Ponderosa guides will share facts about the local geology, human and natural history, wildlife, flora and fauna, and regale hikers with local lore. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of Zion’s bio-diversity and how animals, plants, and humans have adapted to the high desert climate over the years, as well as learn interesting tidbits of Zion’s history.
As local experts, Zion Ponderosa hiking guides can recommend the best trails for your abilities, and can customize your hiking adventure. Guided hikes also come with the peace of mind that your guide is CPR and First Aid certified—and will be with you every step of the way to ensure your safety and help you capture the hidden beauty of Zion.
Here are three examples of hikes you can experience with a guide, based on differing skill levels.
Weeping Rock Trail is an easy hike along a paved road, leading to a rock spring and a refreshing view of Zion National Park. The half-mile trail is a good option for families with small children, or visitors brand new to Zion, and can be part of a multi-hike guided tour.
Observation Point can be hiked one of two ways. For hikers up for a vertical challenge, we’ll begin at the Observation trailhead near the Weeping Rock shuttle stop in Zion Canyon. Option B is to hike across fairly level terrain on Zion Ponderosa property. Either way, hikers will be rewarded with a view called the best in Utah by Backpacker magazine.
The Narrows hike is a true challenge and an exciting, all-day hiking adventure through soaring, narrow slot canyons and the Virgin River. This full-day guided hike ends in Orderville.
Guided hikes are a great opportunity to make every moment count.