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Things To Know About Visiting Zion National Park

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Here in the US, we are lucky to have national parks that are preserved for our enjoyment but to also keep all the natural beauty safe. There are some stunning national parks across the country, but there is one that is truly breathtaking that most people never forget. It is called Zion National Park, located in Utah. This park offers magical red rocks, camping if you choose, and amazing hikes that will leave you speechless. It is also a perfect place to visit if you live on the West Coast because you can make it into a road trip and stop to sight-see other locations on your way. In today’s article, we will go over all things Zion National Park, to help you remain prepared and knowledgeable before you enter the park!Zion National Park / Utah

Best Season To Visit Zion National Park

It is best to visit the park in the spring or early fall. The winter months are around 50 degrees but can actually drop below freezing at night. Therefore, if you’re camping, this can get really uncomfortable. On the other hand, in the summer temperatures can stay around 90 degrees along with thunderstorms. If you go during the fall or spring months, temperatures are definitely cool in the morning but warm up by mid-day making it perfect for camping and hiking. You can also beat the crowds by avoiding the summertime. 

Picking Your Hike in Zion National Park

One of the best things about this park is there are so many hikes for every level of hiker or athlete. One of the most challenging and most famous hikes is Angels Landing. This hike features steep switchbacks along with a treacherous top portion where you are scaling the edge of a rock to get the viewpoint. This hike is probably not one you want to embark on if you are scared of heights or you are not in good shape.Utah - Angels Landing Another popular hike is The Narrows. This is not necessarily “a hike” as it is more a trail through the water. It is named “the Narrows” for the rocks narrowing in on the hike creating some amazing formations. Depending on the time of year you go, the water levels may be too high to go through. Even in the summer or fall, there are some points in the hike that can go waist deep. It is suggested to rent a walking pole, as it will help you stabilize as most of the walk is threading through the water on unstable rocks. Without proper hiking shoes or water shoes along with support, you risk falling down and injuring yourself. However, despite needing proper gear for this route, you will be absolutely amazed at how beautiful and stunning the hike is.

Some other hikes such as Emerald Pool, the Pa’rus trail, the Grotto Trail, and Canyon Overlook are more easy to moderate hikes that are also very pretty. These are better choices if you are hiking with your family or want something that is less treacherous. 

What To Bring to Zion National Park

Again, depending on the time of year you go, it will dictate what kind of clothes to pack. Remember that if you are hiking and staying active, you will want comfortable clothing you can move around in. Other important items to bring include: sunscreen, a backpack, hiking boots, a water bottle, sunglasses, and any camping items ( if you choose to do so). Additionally, you will want to bring snacks and food that can fuel your adventures. We recommend something easy to eat like oatmeal cups, beef jerky, cheese, or protein bars. All of these are high in protein which can help to keep you going for longer. 

Driving/ Shuttle in Zion National Park

Once you get to the park, you will not be able to drive into the canyon. You will need to park your car and keep it where you are camping or lodging. Next step is to purchase a shuttle pass, which stops frequently to take visitors to their desired hikes. If you want to beat crowds, wake up early to get a head start and avoid long lines. Additionally, there is a spot called Zion Outfitter where you can rent gear you don’t give such as bikes, hiking poles, and hiking boots. This is also a place you’ll want to wake up early for, especially if you are renting a bike, because they go quickly! 
Big Bend, Zion National Park

Photo Credit: Images used via Flickr’s Creative Commons Licensing. (1) Zion National Park by Udo S; (2) Angels Landing by tom_stromer; (3) Big Bend by J. Philipp Krone

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