Visiting Zion National Park Utah

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Situated in Southern Utah, Zion National Park is one of the USA’s most stunning parks to visit. You can drive through the park and feel its’ beauty at every turn, or if time is on your side there are a range of hikes and trails to get stunning views of the park. Here’s a quick guide to Zion National Park to help make your visit a memorable one…


Visiting Zion National Park

The walls of Zion are a results of a million years of flowing water through Navajo sandstone. What remains today is a spectacular display of raw nature, with a blend of white and red rock, lively flora and fauna, and a unique chance to view a canyon from below (as opposed to its’ more famous counterpart, the Grand Canyon, which is viewed from above).

How to Experience Zion

There are a range of ways to best experience Zion depending on your preferences and time constraints. Here are the best few –

Scenic Drive

The most popular way to experience Zion is on a scenic drive through the park. This is also the quickest way to experience the park, so if time is not on your side, fear not! You can still get a great overview of the park this way. If you’re travelling between Las Vegas and Page (or vice versa), this is merely a 1 hour detour and certainly worth the extra effort.


There are some great trails inside Zion National Park. The most popular is the 5.5 mile hike to Angels Landing. This hike is somewhat challenging but the views over the park are incredibly worth your while.


If you’re prone to wander, you will undoubtedly encounter some of Zion’s diverse flora and fauna. The park is home to elk, coyotes, rattle snakes, porcupines, and (very rarely seen) black bear among many others. There are roughly 900 species of plant life inside the park – the largest selection in all of the state.

The park is open all year, but the main season to visit is March – October.

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    September 4, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Let me know if you ever make it up to Salt Lake City or Park City! Especially in the winter!

    May 28, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    It’s added to y list for my USA road trip.

    May 28, 2015 at 5:53 am

    This is perfect, I’ll be doing a Southwest road trip at the end of summer!

    Escaping Neverland

    May 25, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Hi Brooke! I am so glad you visited Utah! I live in Utah and would have loved to meet you while you were there but I am traveling myself in France! Zion’s is definitely a huge favorite for people in Utah to visit! You should definitely go to Provo and Salt Lake City. There is a lot of things to do in both cities!

    May 24, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Zion was absolutely one of the most stunning places I’ve ever visited! I can’t wait to go back one day.

    May 24, 2015 at 2:05 am

    I love exploring national parks!
    The prettiest I’ve ever been so far was El Cajas National Park in Ecuador – it’s right in the middle of the Andes, and the landscape there is just stunning!

    Mahika Dhar
    May 23, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Brooke!
    I have been an avid follower of your blog for longer than i can even remember. I was just hoping that maybe you could check out my blog it’s about travel,wellness and happiness. You are the inspiration for sooo many of my posts it’s crazy! Keep doing what you’re doing because i find myself hastily opening up my laptop and going to your website every morning in hope of a new post. <3

    May 23, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I’ve been living in Utah for almost two years DNS still haven’t visited Zions! But everybody tells me of how beautiful it is 🙂

    May 23, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Beautiful photos and great tips. Hoping to visit here next month 🙂

    May 23, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Simply gorgeous pictures! ^^

    May 23, 2015 at 4:41 am

    I had no idea this national park even existed until I saw your photos on Instagram! It looks so beautiful, and it’s definitely going on my bucket list 🙂

    May 22, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Looks absolutely gorgeous, and is less well-known than the Grand Canyon but just as beautiful and you get to experience it more first-hand!


    May 22, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    This looks amazing.
    FYI you should say its beauty not its’ beauty.
    I know it’s probably a minor thing, but you are a professional writer….

    May 22, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I’m visiting Slovenia at the moment (Loved your post on Ljublana) but you’re slowly making me realize I need to spend more time exploring my own country!

    Rachel Ang
    May 22, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Beautiful beautiful pictures! Cant even imagine how much more beautiful the real place is!

    Rachel x

    EmilyAnne (Eat All Over The World)
    May 22, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Zion is one of my favorite places that really gets overlooked! So glad you went!

    Al Jovin Bacalso
    May 22, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Very impressive and inspirational to think this is coming from a young lady.. Really fascinating.. Keep it up!! 😉

    May 22, 2015 at 11:23 am



    May 22, 2015 at 10:51 am

    beautiful!!! really wish that I could be like you :))

    May 22, 2015 at 10:50 am

    looks stunning! It’s definitely going on my travel wish list!

    Susan the Farm Quilter
    May 22, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Zion is beautiful! How did you manage with your sandals? Not the best for hiking around the American west, but they sure are cute!