Zion National Park
Zion National Park
Zion National Parkview website
Springdale, UT 84767
Zion National Park Description
Zion National Park is as awe-inspiring as the Grand Canyon, though it is less well known. The massive cliffs and gleaming sandstone are so unexpected that at first you may not believe they are real. Wildlife and wildflowers abound in the springtime, when water rushes off cliff faces and small waterfalls crop up out of the rock; cooler temperatures in the fall make it an ideal time to visit. Even in the hot summer months there are wonderful, cool hikes to take. No matter what time of year you go, your family won't be disappointed.
Babies: There are a wide range of hikes, from easy to strenuous, that appeal to families with babies. Put the baby in a backpack carrier and you're on your way.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Many walks are paved for easy stroller and wheelchair access. Cliffs without rails will tempt in many places.
School-Age Kids: Kids 8 and up will have a blast on the Narrows hike. Get suited up in town or simply prepare to get your sneakers wet.
Pre-Teens & Teens: If your teen isn't afraid of heights, go up Angels Landing. Horseback riding and mountain biking are great for this age as well.
- You won't need your car. Once you arrive in Springdale, you can park your car and ride the shuttle for the rest of your visit.
- Check the schedule for Junior Ranger Programs and ranger-led hikes. These programs, offered more frequently in the summer months, are wonderful family activities. Advance registration is often required, so check the schedule in the visitor center.
- Don't underestimate driving times. It takes almost three hours to drive between Bryce and Zion, and that's only if you don't stop to see the weasels scampering by the side of the road (which are hard to resist). Distances in southern Utah take longer to travel between than you'd expect.
Just the Facts
Hours: Always open
Recommended Time: Half day