Spring has officially sprung! Free yourself from the winter doldrums by taking yourself on the trip of a lifetime in Zion National Park. Check out this sample 3-day itinerary of our favorite spring activities at Zion.
There’s no better way to begin your trip at Zion than conquering the infamous Angel’s Landing trail. While the trail length is only 5.2 miles out-and-back, don’t be fooled, this hike is not for the faint of heart!
Angel’s Landing features 21 short but steep switchbacks (known as Walter’s Wiggles) and the last .5 mile of the hike includes steep 1,000-foot drop offs on either side of the rock. Whether from fear or fatigue, this hike is guaranteed to keep your blood pumping. In the end, the spectacular views of Zion Canyon from the top are worth it every time.
For a more relaxed afternoon activity, take a bike ride along the whole Zion Canyon scenic drive! This bike ride will take you along the canyon floor from the entrance to the park to the beginning of the Narrows hike. This is a great, low-stress way to see the entire park at once and get your bearings!
While you’re in Utah, make it a priority to visit both Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park. Grand Staircase-Escalante is a diverse geological monument that contains all the best landmarks that Utah has to offer, including monoliths, slot canyons, natural bridges, and arches.
Bryce Canyon National Park is another can’t-miss part of Utah. People come from across the nation to see its unique landscape and copper colored, spiky rock formations called hoodoos. There’s something for everyone at Bryce Canyon, including hikes, bike rides, and scenic drives through the park.
The two landmarks are only a quick 30-minute drive apart, and approximately 1 hour from Zion, so both can be seen easily in a single day trip!
Get into the spring spirit with some beautiful Zion waterfall hikes, some of which are only visible for a short period of time in the spring, due to rainfall and snow runoff.
For extra adventurous and experienced hikers, we recommend tackling the more strenuous slot canyon Subway Trail hike, which features an iconic and beautiful staircase waterfall 3.6 miles into the trail. Before you go, you’ll need a bit of extra gear. We recommend renting neoprene shoes, and even waders because the water can be waist deep and quite cold in the spring. This hike requires a permit, which you can acquire through winning the Subway Trail Lottery. Be sure to apply to the lottery well in advance of your trip!
For those looking for a more moderate trail, look no further than the Emerald Pools, another iconic Zion hike. While the emerald pools are beautiful year-round, the trail is extra special in the spring because the waterfalls are at peak volume for the year. Make sure you make it to the Upper Emerald Pool for spectacular views of its incredible 800-foot waterfall.