Zion National Park

Zion National Park by Asif Islam via Shutterstock.

Zion National Park, in Utah, is marked by its red rock canyons and soaring cliffs. The park’s unique topography and the Virgin River make it a favorite for hiking and canyon adventures.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Utah
Area: 146,597 acres (593.26 sq km) – 37th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Horse Ranch Mountain – 8,726 ft (2,659.69 m)
Lowest Elevation: Coalpits Wash – 3,666 ft (1,117.40 m)
Date Established: November 19, 1919
Annual Visitors: 4,692,417 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Springdale, Utah

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Zion National Park

Zion is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Zion National Park.

  1. Scenic drives through Zion Canyon and Kolob Canyons
  2. Horseback riding on designated trails
  3. Joining ranger-led evening talks and full moon walks
  4. Tubing down the Virgin River
  5. Wildlife viewing, especially bighorn sheep

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Zion National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Zion National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Zion National Park

After hiking and exploring Zion National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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