Located in Washington, Iron, and Kane Counties in southwestern Utah, Zion National Park encompasses some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States. Within its 232 square miles are high plateaus, a maze of narrow, deep, sandstone canyons, and the Virgin River and its tributaries.
Zion National Park has its share of beautiful overlooks and stunning vistas, all of which can quickly turn deadly. Under no circumstances should you ever leave a marked trail. Not only could you fall, but it’s also easy to get lost, which can be just as dangerous .
Spring and fall have the more moderate weather and might be the best time to visit Zion. April and May and September and October are usually warm and sunny with highs between 60 and 90 degrees on average.
Both of these Parks offer great outdoor activities for all ages. For canyoneering and rappelling, Zion beats Bryce . You’ll find world-class hiking in either Park, but in Zion you can find yourself hiking through streams or on sandstone ledges, like Angels Landing – one of the scariest hikes in the world!
Top 10 Things to Do at Zion National Park Angel’s Landing. 5 miles // Strenuous // Good for adrenaline-seekers, bad for people with acrophobia. The Narrows Riverside Walk. The Subway. Canyon Overlook Trail. Weeping Rock. The Zion Narrows to Imlay Temple and Big Spring. Lower Emerald Pool. Many Pools.
Dave Nally, author of Deaths and Rescues in Zion National Park , states “Angels Landing is the deadliest spot in Zion . There have been at least 15 deaths there during the last century.”
A 34-year-old California man died in the Narrows area of Zion National Park Sunday after flash flooding trapped him in a canyon. In a statement, park officials said Monday that Douglas Yoshi Vo and his companion entered the Narrows early on Saturday morning, but abandoned their hike once rain began to fall.
According to Zion National Park Spokeswoman Alyssa Baltrus, encountering a bear in the park is extremely rare and when bears enter the park they are more than likely simply passing through. These instances are ordinarily outside of the main canyon. However, bears are wild animals and can present a nuisance or danger.
Zion National Park’s warm climate allows for reasonable access to the park all year long. March through November is the busiest time of the year. Within that, holidays and anytime kids are out of school are the busiest of all. The week between Christmas and New Year’s is also busy .
While you can only drive through Zion Canyon in your own car a few months out of the year, you can always drive the Mount Carmel Highway. This 12-mile highway connects the south and east entrances of Zion National Park , and driving it is an experience in itself.
Zion National Park charges $35 per vehicle and $20 per person. An annual pass costs $70 per visitor.
Moderate crowds and temperatures in April–May and September–October make these months the best time to visit Utah and its national parks . Spring boasts active wildlife and blooming flowers. Pleasant fall wraps Utah in colorful foliage along the scenic drives.
If you are looking to do a few short hikes, drive around the park, and do some photography 2 days in Zion and a day in Bryce should suffice. If you are a bit of an adventurer and want to do some of the longer day hikes, and a canyoneering experience, add a day or two.
The Zion -Mount Carmel Highway is a must- drive ! This is the only road visitors are allowed to drive on between March and the end of October.