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Opt out of Black Friday and Visit Zion Instead

Last year, sports retailer REI announced that it would close its stores on Black Friday, sparking the #OptOutside movement. In 2016, over 2.25 million people on social media are pledging to #OptOutside, sharing photos and ideas of how they’ll be spending Black Friday communing with nature instead of fighting crowds of people trying to score shopping deals.

The day after Thanksgiving is a great time to be show our gratitude for our beautiful state and national parks, while getting some fresh air and exercise to work off some of the holiday indulgences. As we celebrate 100 years of the national park service, we invite families to create new Black Friday traditions by visiting Zion and experiencing the beauty and adventure of southern Utah’s oldest national park.

Zion Narrows South Watchman
Spend Black Friday in Zion visiting some of the most famous scenic viewpoints in the national park system. Hop on board the free shuttle to visit the Scenic Drive, take a hike, keep an eye out for wildlife, spend time together as a family, take photos and create memories that will last so much longer than a $20 bargain on a toy the kids will forget about by next Christmas.

Hidden Canyon Trail | ZIon National Park
Choose a hiking adventure you’ve always wanted to experience, and be thankful that you could do it (plus, more calories for pie!). It doesn’t matter if it’s a short stroll to the viewpoint for Court of the Patriarchs, a dramatic hike to the top of Angels Landing, or a trek through the Narrows, just get outside. Ramble across Zion Ponderosa for the best view in Utah, as per Backpacker magazine. Isn’t that something to be thankful for?

Observation Point Fall 2016 Women's Retreat
Down in Zion Canyon, cooler temperatures are perfect for outdoor hikes. Dress in layers to be prepared for any weather. Zion Ponderosa’s outdoor activities such as horseback riding, canyoneering, ATV rides and tours run through Thanksgiving weekend. We also offer three seatings for our famous Thanksgiving Dinner  (click link for menu and reservation information).

Looking for inspiration? Read this post about four things you could be doing in Zion instead of Black Friday shopping, and create a November to remember for yourself and your loved ones!


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