Vegas might be full of glitz and glamor, but Zion National Park is where you’ll find the richest treasures in the Wild West.
There’s a reason why so many famous movies are filmed in this wild and rugged land. Zion National Park is an adventurer’s oasis with giant rock domes, towering slot canyons, red sandstone cliffs and lush natural swimming holes – and it’s all yours to explore. Our local guides will help you discover the highlights and the park’s hidden gems. Spend your days hiking untamed trails, cooling down in the Virgin River or chilling out at the Hanging Gardens of Zion. After watching the sunset over the canyon, wind down with s’mores by the campfire and some stargazing. Are you ready to take a walk on the wild side?
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Zion National Park is located in Springdale in southwest Utah, USA. Some parts of the park also spread across Washington, Iron and Kane.
Zion National Park is a 2.5 hour drive from Las Vegas, 4 hours from Salt Lake City and 7 hours from Los Angeles. If you’re travelling from far away, the best option is to fly directly into St. George Airport (the closest airport to Zion NP) or to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas where you can then transfer to St. George Airport or rent a car and drive to the park.
You can visit Zion National Park any time of year. The peak season is during April to September when huge crowds flock to make the most of the summer weather. Fall and winter is a great time to visit the park with fewer crowds and milder temperatures.
As you’ll be doing lots of hiking and outdoor activities, make sure you bring hiking boots or reliable sneakers. Also bring hiking pants or sportswear, t-shirts, a fleece, a waterproof/windproof jacket, a sunhat, sunglasses, plenty of sunscreen and a refillable water bottle. If you go during winter make sure to bring plenty of warm layers, a knitted hat, gloves and a winter jacket.
Many different animals live in Zion with 68 species of mammal alone. Some of the animals you can expect to see include surefooted bighorn sheep, petite kangaroo rats, rock squirrel, mule deer, bats and foxes.
Zion is a huge national park with loads of hiking trails and sights that you could spend weeks exploring. Two or three nights is the minimum time you should spend to see the highlights. After your trip, we're almost certain you'll be wanting to go back again!
Zion is one of the most spectacular national parks in the US, but it was also ranked by Outforia as one of the most dangerous. Steep cliffs, drop-offs and rapid weather changes are some of the biggest risks. That being said, if you're aware of the risks and take time to plan your trip you can enjoy all that Zion has to offer.
Many parts of Zion are accessible for people with disabilities with wheelchair-accessible hikes (the Pa’rus Trail and the Riverside Walk), visitor centers, restrooms, shuttle buses, and picnic areas. There are also several campsites reserved for travelers with disabilities. Service dogs with a leash are allowed throughout the park. Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.