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15 Awesome Things To Do In Zion National Park [Plus Where To Stay]

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You will love all of the amazing things to do in Zion National Park. This is the most popular of the 5 Utah National Parks and was Utah’s first National Park. It is known for its steep red cliffs and the Virginia River.

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When To Visit

In our opinion Zion is best visited in the Spring or Fall and not the hot busy season of summer. Granted the water in the narrows may be cold this time of year but with the right gear (that you can rent in town) it is an enjoyable hike. We have heard people say that Zion in winter is amazing too!

Michelle – who helped us with this post visited for one week in March for Spring Break. We also know other travel writers who agree March is an awesome time to visit this National Park since the weather is perfect for exploring. 

Getting Around

Be prepared that you cannot drive your car into Zion National Park. Instead you must park and take the shuttle anywhere you want to go inside the park. Yes – this can be annoying (and it was). BUT given the amount of people that visit there is no way they could let people drive in the park. The roads are small and the parking lots are either smaller. So it is the right choice to have the shuttle service.

Know you could end up waiting in line for the shuttle so just be prepared to be patient. I get it that isn’t easy!

Also you never know when they are going to do timed entry tickets to a National Park – so always check the website before you go and if you are planning a trip do a frequent check to make sure nothing has changed.

Don’t forget to get your National Park Pass if you plan to visit more National Parks while in Utah.

Things To Do In Zion National Park

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Visitor Center

The visitor center is an important 1st stop for your time in the park. National park visitor centers and national park rangers are a wealth of information.

Not only do they have exhibits and typically a park film, almost all the rangers love talking to visitors and help them plan their trip into the park (talk about dream job). My favorite thing to do is take the time to talk to the rangers about their favorite part of the park and ask what they would do with kids our age.

I also often ask what a less visited part of the park is they would recommend. They often recommend hiking trails I many have not considered. On many occasions I have even received insider tips.

The park rangers are truly the experts on the park and most love their jobs. Don’t skip this step!

Junior Ranger Program

The visitor center is also where you can pick up your Junior Ranger books. The National Park Junior Ranger program is another highlight of the National Parks for our family.

Each park (or monument or historic site) has a booklet of information, activities, and challenges for the kids to complete. Once the kids have completed the activities, they can return to the visitor center to be sworn in as Junior Rangers and receive a badge.

Our kids have become Junior Rangers at 21 National Parks sites so far. Junior Ranger books make for an awesome day of homeschooling. You spend the day in the park exploring, hiking, learning, reading the visitor center exhibits, and watching the park video.

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Ranger Led Activities

Ranger lead activities are another national park favorite for our family. If you visit in the off season the activities will be limited, but if you visit during peak season there should be several ranger led activities each day.

Ranger talks are informative and a lot of fun. Ranger led hikes are some of our favorite as the rangers take you on a hike to a specific area and narrate the hike with their wealth of information. Such a great experience!

Some parks even offer special Junior Ranger activities that are geared towards kids. We have done things like play games focused on learning about the park or getting to touch animal hides or bones. Read your park newspaper and map and ask what ranger activities are available while you are visiting.

Hike The Narrows

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Doing the Zion Narrows hike is a highlight of visiting Zion National Park. It is a narrow section of canyon that can only be hiked by walking up or downstream. If you want to hike upstream, as most people do, a permit is not required.

If hiking in a river isn’t your speed, you can view The Narrows area of Zion National Park from the paved trail called Riverside Walk. You access the Riverside Walk trail one mile from the Temple of Sinawava.

Since it was March when we were visiting it wasn’t too hot outside and the water was cold, so we only hiked a short distance in the river. Even if you don’t plan to hike The Narrows, I still recommend visiting the area. It is beautiful!

Weeping Rock

Hiking to Weeping Rock was another favorite for our family while we were there. It is a short trail, but Weeping Rock is neat. The area is a lush hanging garden where water flows year-round.

Unlike a waterfall, the water seems to just seep out of the rock continuously. It is quite the sight. The kids especially thought it was neat, as they had never seen anything quite like it.

I see how the rock got its name; it looks like it is weeping. Add this to your list of places to check out in Zion.

Check out this quick video clip of Weeping Rock:

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