Vegas might be full of glitz and glamour, 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 a spot of stargazing. Are you ready to take a walk on the wild side?
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Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Zion National Park is located near Springdale in southwest Utah, USA. It's not too far from Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.
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 further afield, 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 a decent pair of hiking boots or reliable sneakers. You'll also need 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 as it can get quite chilly.
Many different animals live in Zion with 68 species of mammals alone. Some of the animals you can expect to see include bighorn sheep, 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, but 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, rapid weather changes and flash flooding 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.