Activities In & Around Zion National Park
One of the most frequent comments we receive is “I wish we had more time
here!” So heads up: our spectacular playground has so many diverse, year-round activities, we encourage you to consider making Canyon Vista Suites
your home-base for several days…even a week or two if time permits!
Some of the wonderful activities you can explore in Zion and nearby include
diverse guided (or self-guided) tours and adventures, scenic drives and
walks, photography, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, motor biking,
horseback riding, canyoneering, rock climbing, rapelling, golf, day spas,
tubing, rafting, kayaking, river running, water skiing, wakeboarding,
swimming, various water sports, snow skiing, snow boarding, cross-
country skiing, snow shoeing, ATV / 4x4 riding, jeep tours, cattle drives,
ranch activities, ghost town, paintball, shopping, dining, museums,
artisans, exhibits, workshops, theatre, movies, holiday and special occasion
celebrations, aerial tours, spectacular views and star-gazing from our hot
tub or river-front swing to name a few!
For your convenience, the list below should help you get started. We are happy to provide referrals and additional information as
needed /desired. This “Explore” section also includes a hiking guide, dining & services, weather, maps, and sample packing list.
- Zion National Park Fees and Passes
Fee Free Day - In recognition of Public Lands Day, entrance fees are waived at various times each year. The following is a list
of the free fee days for 2011: Jan. 15-17 - Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday, April 16-24 - National Park Week, June 21- the
first day of summer, Sept. 24 - Public Lands Day, Nov. 11-13 - Veterans Day.
Zion Park Fees
Private Vehicle $25 for 7 days
Zion Pass $50 annual
Pedestrian/Bike $12 for 7days
Oversized Vehicle Fee 2 x in 7days
Backcountry Permit $10
$80 Annual Pass to all National Parks
The America the Beautiful pass is good for entry to federal recreation
sites for one year from the date of purchase. If you are 62 or older or
receive disability benefits, you may be eligible for the Senior or Access
- Zion National Park Visitor's Center and Museum: www.zionpark.org
As with Zion National Park, these centers are open year round providing
educational information, exhibits, films, and bookstore.
- Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
Seven mile drive through main canyon in Zion National Park. Shuttle
required April-October. Check with park for RV restrictions.
- Zion's East Side and Mt. Carmel Junction
Scenic 13 mile drive through Zion tunnel
to unique, but equally beautiful scenery, sandstone formations, and hiking on plateau.
Check with park for RV restrictions. (make sure the sentence copy flows / is merged
- Seminars and Workshops - Zion National Park: www.nps.gov/zion
Activities, news, visitor information, guided hikes, ranger talks,
and junior ranger program offered.
- Zion Canyon Field Institute: www.zionpark.org
Offering a wide variety of workshops and seminars.
- Zion Canyon Visitors Bureau: www.zionpark.com
Events and activities year round including Butch Cassidy 10K Run, Jazz and Arts Festival, St. Patrick's Day, Holiday Arts and
Crafts Fair, and Fourth of July celebrations. (make sure the sentence copy flows / is merged together properly)
Zion and surrounding areas are well known for their wonderful, inspiring hikes. During every season, there are diverse hiking
trails and routes in Zion which have spectacular scenery, whether you want an easy 10 minute walk, a two-day backpacking
trip, or something in between. Since we get so many requests for hiking information, we have a separate hiking guide in
this “Explore” Section.
Cycling enthusiasts from all over the world have enjoyed Zion's
bike routes for decades, making places like Gooseberry Mesa, the Kolob
Terrace Road, and the Zion Canyon Scenic Road famous amongst serious
and casual riders alike. Zion Park’s Scenic Drive is perfect for riding April-
October because traffic is reduced to shuttles and individuals with lodging
reservations. Cyclists may also ride the Pa’rus trail. Springdale, BLM land,
and the surrounding area offers excellent road riding conditions. Great
mountain biking in local mountains and at Brian Head Mountain. Guided
tours and rentals are available through local companies. We are happy to
provide details and referrals if desired.
Zion is beautiful to photograph in any season - spring flowers, summer thundershowers, fall colors, and winter snow dusting
the sandstone peaks. A waterproof camera can be a big plus if you plan to walk up through the narrows, hike the subway, go
tubing or enjoy other water activities, and in various areas where waterfalls are common so you don’t worry about your camera
- Horseback Riding
Touring Zion National Park and nearby canyons on horseback can be great fun! For guided
horseback riding in Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon, please call 435/772-3810 for additional information.
- River Tubing: www.ziontubing.com
River Tubing: www.zionadventurecompany.com Rent tubes for a fun and refreshing float down the Virgin River.
Rentals are usually available May-September, water/weather permitting.
Canyoneering, Rock Climbing & Rapelling
Enthusiasts consider Zion Canyon a premier location for canyoneering, rock climbing and rapelling. Local outfitters offer
guided experiences as well as equipment rentals. We are happy to provide referrals if needed.
- Local Artists/Shopping
Local artists exhibit artwork, ceramics, jewelry, and photography at local shops, restaurants, and galleries. Rock and fossils
shops, clothing, and antiques can also be found.
Giant screen theatre at the entrance to Zion National Park showing
Imax and Hollywood Movies. Open year-round, www.zioncanyontheatre.com.
Visit www.southernutah.com/movies for additional theaters in St. George.
Tanner Amphitheater, www.dixie.edu/tanner - A 2000 seat outdoor
amphitheater surrounded by the cliffs of Zion National Park.
- Bumbleberry Playhouse
Springdale theatre with musical performances. 435/772-3611.
- Tuacahn Outdoor Theatre
St. George, 800/SHOWUTAH.
- Utah Shakespearean Festival
Cedar City, 800/752-9859
Tony award winning theatre with summer and fall seasons featuring
the works of Shakespeare and other playwrights.