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Begin your visit at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, where outdoor exhibits inform you about the park's geology, wildlife, history, and trails. Get a taste of what’s in store by viewing the far off Towers of the Virgin, then head to the Court of the Patriarchs viewpoint to take photos and walk the short path. Then take the shuttle (or your car, if it's off-season) to Zion Canyon Lodge, where you can take a trail to one of the most beautiful spots in the park, the Emerald Pools. The Lower Pool Trail is the second most popular walk at Zion (after the Riverside Walk); the trail branches off into Middle Pool and Upper Pool trails for those who are fit and have more time. Ride the next shuttle to the end of the road, where you can walk to the gateway of the canyon's narrows on the paved, accessible Riverside Walk.
Reboard the shuttle to return to the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to pick up your car (or continue driving off-season). Head out onto the beautiful Zion–Mount Carmel Highway, with its long, curving tunnels, with your camera at the ready for stops at viewpoints along the road. Once you reach the park's east entrance, turn around, and on your return trip stop to take the short hike up to Canyon Overlook. Now you're ready to rest your feet at a screening of Zion Canyon: Treasure of the Gods on the giant screen of the Zion Canyon Theatre. In the evening, you might want to attend a ranger program at one of the campground amphitheaters or at Zion Lodge. Or you can follow a relaxing dinner in Springdale with a stroll downtown.