Zion Canyon Tours
Utah is home to five beautiful national parks, and Zion is the tourists’ favorite. It was carved over time by the Virgin River and occupies 148,000 acres of red, white, and pink rock formations. Lying in Utah’s canyon country, it is the state’s first designated national park and welcomes over four million visitors every year from all parts of the globe. From bird and flower connoisseurs to sightseers to rugged hikers and athletes, Zion has something for everybody. Zion canyon tours are available for those who want to learn about the park and aren’t so familiar with getting around in Southern Utah and through the park.
Las Vegas Motor Coaches
Many tours begin from Las Vegas in motor coaches, the large tour buses. Some of the Zion Canyon tours take you to additional national parks, such as Bryce Canyon and Arches National Parks over a period of days. There are restaurants, a lodge, and campgrounds inside Zion, as well as plenty of services in Springdale, the gateway town to Zion. Rest assured, there is wheelchair access to many of the park’s facilities, and free wireless internet is available in the Zion Lodge lobby and in many locations of Springdale.
Do It Yourself Tours
For your own Zion Canyon tour, you can contact the various tourism bureaus in Utah cities, such as in Saint George, and plan a popular three-day, two-night trip to Zion. On Day One, you’ll drive to the park and check into your lodging by 2:00 pm. The drive from Salt Lake City takes about 4.5 hours, and from Las Vegas, it’s only 2.5 hours.
Continuing on Day One, take a chance to see the movie, “Zion Canyon Treasure of the Gods,” played on the Zion Giant Screen Theatre. If you choose to take Highway 9 through Zion National Park, the evenings are gorgeous, especially if you catch the colorful sunset. You’ll pass through a mile-long tunnel of Mount Carmel and east into the Checkerboard Mesa, where you can pick up a map and guide to the park.
The park entrance fees are $30 per vehicle, $25 per motorcycle, and $15 per pedestrian.
Hike Canyon Overlook
This is a well-marked trail that is moderate in intensity and takes you to spectacular views of the lower Zion Canyon. At dusk, the sunset lights up the canyon beautifully. By the east end of the Mount, Carmel Tunnel is a parking lot where you’ll find the trailhead. The hike is a one-mile round trip, so it’s good for kids and many adults.
Back to Home Base for Day Two
Follow Highway 9 back to Springdale for a delicious dinner at any of the many eateries. After a good sleep, you can visit the local market, Sol Market, to pick up the essentials for the activities of Day Two. The Springdale shuttle will collect you at your hotel and whisk you away to the park’s entrance where you can board the Zion Canyon Shuttle for a tour of the park. The shuttle will stop at many of the highlighted points so you can get out, hike, take photos of any of your Zion Canyon tours, or enjoy a picnic.
Crowd Favorite Hikes
The trek to the Emerald Pools is just over one mile round trip and winds through shade and sun to lead you to the pools. The hike to the lower pool is easy, the middle pool is a moderate hike, and to the upper pool is more strenuous. Be sure to take water and snacks with you so the memories of your Zion Canyon tours are unmarred by dehydration.
The Riverside Walk will take about 1.5 hours along the Virgin River toward the Zion Narrows. The hanging wildflowers are striking during spring and summer. This trail begins at the end of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, the Temple of Sinawava. If you’re prepared with water shoes, venture up the Virgin River Narrows for some awesome scenery. Remember, this trail is the river, so stay away if rain is in the forecast. The occasional flash floods are deadly.
Check out of your lodging and pick up some serious water and snacks for the serious hike—Angel’s Landing. Five hours round trip, this hike is treacherous and can be frightening because of the climactic, narrow ridge to a magnificent view. Chains are secured as side rails to keep you from becoming scraps for buzzards.
Zion Canyon Tours
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