Things to do at Zion

Many of you wonder what is there to do while at Zion National Park. With many different sources and articles, we wanted to come up with our own comprehensive list that will hopefully make traveling easier for you. These recommendations will come from our own staff and from our own emails we received about people’s experiences as well.

Zion National Park has over 150 miles of trails that range anywhere from a casual stroll to a strenuous hike. If you are not a seasoned veteran with the trails, we recommend that you take the Riverside Walk which is a paved 1 mile walk that starts at the top of Zion Canyon and follows the Virgin River to the mouth of the narrows.

Another family friendly hike is the Emerald Pool trail. It starts from across Zion Lodge and takes you to three levels of pools that have small streams and waterfalls for each pool. If you go to the Upper Emerald Pool, it is strenuous, but only for a short amount of time and it is worth the effort.

Weeping rock is another must see on our list for Zion as well. It is a very short walk up to the seeping rock that will be a great photo moment for you partake in.

The all time Zion favorite by staff pick and readers, is Angels Landing. This breath taking view takes you roughly 1,500 feet up and the 360 degree views are incredible of Zion. Disclaimer, this is not an easy hike and it is advised that children do not go on this hike. If you have a fear of heights, it is also not advised that you take this hike. Towards the end of this hike, you reach narrow and steep terrain. The hike is lined with a chains, guard rails and carved steps to help ease the hike. Towards the end of the hike you climb 500 feet and are exposed on both sides where you can look down to the bottom. Please be mindful of other hikers while on this trail since it is such a narrow walkway up to the top. There is no way to pass others so be mindful of those around you.

If Angel’s Landing is not your speed, try Observation Point instead. It is about 2,000 feet high and gives you stunning views of Angels Landing, Echo Canyon, and White Cliffs while offering a 270 degree lookout.

And as always, please bring plenty of water and some snacks with you. Some hikes can be anywhere from 1 hour to 6 hours and you want to be prepared for anything.

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Weeping Rock
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Found at Observation Point.
Steep switchbacks called Walters Wiggles ascend the Angels Landing Trail of Zion National Park in Utah.
Steep switchbacks called Walters Wiggles ascend the Angels Landing Trail of Zion National Park in Utah.