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Zion National Park Travel Guide

Zion National Park Sports & Activities

Hiking is by far the most popular activity at Zion, with a panoply of trails leading to rewarding destinations in the hinterlands: extreme slot canyons, gorgeous overlooks, verdant meadows, and dripping springs. Some sections of the Virgin River are ideal for canoeing (inner tubes are not allowed). In winter, hiking boots can be exchanged for snowshoes and cross-country skis, but check with a ranger to determine backcountry snow conditions.


Zion National Park has something for every kind of biker. Mountain bikers can cake themselves with mud on the park’s trails, and racers will...


More than 200 bird species call Zion Canyon home, and scores more pass through the park on their annual migrations. Some species, such as the...


The best way to experience Zion Canyon is to walk beneath, between and, if you can bear it (and have good balance!), along its towering cliffs...

Horseback Riding

Tours and Outfitters Canyon Trail Rides. Grab your hat and boots and see Zion Canyon the way the pioneers did—on a horse or mule. Easygoing...


Swimming is allowed in the Virgin River, but be careful of cold water, slippery rock bottoms, and the occasional flash floods whenever it rains...

Winter Sports

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are best experienced in the park's higher elevations in winter, where snow stays on the ground longer....



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