Five Things We Love About Zion National Park
1. Angel’s Landing
With a five-star rating on Trip Advisor, the Angel’s Landing hiking trail is worth the demanding climb. Yes, it’s a difficult trek, but it’s hailed as Zion’s “most spectacular scenic outlooks.” Those who have braved the hike will agree that you’ll be more than rewarded by the views. Insiders say to hit the trail in the morning to beat the crowds and the heat.
2. Family Friendly Hikes
Much of Southern Utah’s outdoor destinations can only be traversed by able-bodied adults, and are not so suitable for children. If you’ve got kiddos in tow, Zion National Park has several hike/walk options for kids of all ages. We love the Riverside Walk, a two-mile flat path along the North Fork of the Virgin River. Kids love this shady trail and the riparian habitat along the way. What’s more, the path is stroller and wheelchair accessible. In the summer, we recommend taking a dip in the river at the end of the trail!
3. Endangered Wildlife
Any bird watchers out there? Zion is the place for you. Endangered California condors and peregrine falcons are among the 288 bird species that can be seen in Zion. Don’t forget to pack the binoculars!
4. Kolob Arch
Located in Zion’s backcountry, Kolob Arch is the world’s second largest freestanding natural arch. Few people get to experience this natural wonder, since it’s located in less visited, Northwestern section of Zion National Park. The hike to the arch can be done as a leisurely backpack or a long day hike.
5. The Fifteen-Mile Drive
Not the outdoorsy type? No sweat! (Literally). You can see all that Zion has to offer from the air-condition comfort of your car! Enjoy the stunning fifteen-mile drive through Zion National Park. This incredible highway is open year-round, twenty-four hours a day. An autumn drive in Zion Country reveals a wonderful display of fall foliage as leaves transition from green to bright red and shades of yellow.