One of the top adventure spots in Zion National Park is the Virgin River, which is actually the life-force of the desert oasis around it. Feeding into Lake Mead, it is one of the strongest carvers of the canyon. While it provides the important task of keeping the local environment alive, it is also a destination for summertime fun. Families and friends enjoy lounging on the beach just steps from their lodging, and floating down the river is a great way to relax and admire the beautiful natural surroundings of the park.
The Pine Creek Waterfall swimming hole is a little-known, off-the-beaten-path secret in Zion National Park. On a hot summer day, park visitors find the brisk water of this swimming hole refreshing and delightful. Pine Creek is a wonderful place to get away from the heat that is often prevalent Zion Canyon. This “attraction” is easy to get to, and you won’t want to leave once you get there.
The short 1/4 mile hike is along a creek and may be difficult for some, due to the slippery rocks and boulders that you’ll have to maneuver your way over and around. Permits are not required. Accessible without getting on the shuttle, the trailhead location is the Pine Creek Bridge on the South side of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel near Canyon Junction. It is open year-round, but the best time is May through September when the water is warm. Note that Pine Creek is a flash flood zone and should not be entered if it is raining or looks as though it will rain up the canyon. Check weather conditions at the Zion Canyon Visitors Center prior to beginning your trek. Restrooms are available on the East side of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and the Zion Human History Museum.