Zion Adventure Guide

Nestled in the rugged landscape of Virgin, Utah, Zion Wildflower Resort is perfectly located for guests wanting unique glamping accommodations near Zion National Park. Utah’s first national park is a short 15-minute drive from our property and is brimming with wildlife, unique plants, rushing rivers, sandstone cliffs, slot canyons, and more. Adventure seekers come from around the world to hike Angel’s Landing and traverse the Zion Narrows. For visitors wanting a less heart-pounding experience, there are plenty of gorgeous overlooks, meandering trails, and scenic drives. If time allows, we'd also recommend a drive north to the less frequented Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park as well as a couple of other potential day trips from Zion Wildflower Resort. The bright hoodoos of Bryce Canyon are an unforgettable sight, while the nearby Red Cliffs National Recreation Area offers a great range of hikes for all abilities. If you're considering a tour of multiple national parks and recreation areas, consider purchasing the "America the Beautiful" pass, which covers entrance fees into over 2,000 U.S. parks for the entire year!

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Visitor's Center in Zion National Park in southwest Utah

Stop by the Visitor Center

Before setting out to tackle some of the most popular Zion hikes, stop by the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. Knowledgeable park staff are standing by to provide information on trail conditions, offer advice on what hikes may best suit your abilities, or answer any questions you may have. The visitor center also has a wonderful bookstore and gift shop, and you can even go on an eco hunt to discover the many green features of the super environmentally friendly building!

Hike The Narrows

Calling all adventurers! Don't miss The Narrows, one of the most popular Zion hikes. There are a few ways to tackle this slot canyon hike, however, most hikers take the bottom-up route as it is less strenuous and doesn't require any special permits. Starting at Riverside Walk, this trail will have you wading through the Virgin River as sheer rock walls rise on either side of you. The entire trail spans 10 miles round trip, but hikers can choose to turn around at any point, as the breathtaking scenery begins from the moment you start this iconic trail!

People hiking at Zion National Park Narrows in the Virgin River
People hiking at Zion National Park Narrows in the Virgin River

Hike The Narrows

Calling all adventurers! Don't miss The Narrows, one of the most popular Zion hikes. There are a few ways to tackle this slot canyon hike, however, most hikers take the bottom-up route as it is less strenuous and doesn't require any special permits. Starting at Riverside Walk, this trail will have you wading through the Virgin River as sheer rock walls rise on either side of you. The entire trail spans 10 miles round trip, but hikers can choose to turn around at any point, as the breathtaking scenery begins from the moment you start this iconic trail!

Scenic Zion-Mount Carmel Highway at Zion National Park

Take a Scenic Drive

Rest your legs a bit, and take in the scenery from the comfort of your car! Zion Canyon Scenic Drive travels across the canyon floor, taking you past many popular trailheads and overlooks. During peak season, this route is closed to personal vehicles and is serviced by a hop-on/ hop-off shuttle bus. Consider a drive along the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway for a different perspective, as this route travels high above the valley floor and is open to cars year-round!

Conquer Angels Landing

Thrill-seekers from around the world come to Zion National Park to attempt the famous Angels Landing hike. This five-mile round trip hike gains almost 1,500 feet in elevation and is not for the faint of heart! If you're up for the challenge, this trail traverses a variety of terrain and provides stunning views of the canyon. The final half-mile takes hikers along a narrow ridge that, at times, has sheer dropoffs on one or both sides. If your nerves get the best of you, you have the opportunity to turn back at any time.

Panoramic view of Angels Landing hiking trail lead overlooking Zion Canyon
Panoramic view of Angels Landing hiking trail lead overlooking Zion Canyon

Conquer Angels Landing

Thrill-seekers from around the world come to Zion National Park to attempt the famous Angels Landing hike. This five-mile round trip hike gains almost 1,500 feet in elevation and is not for the faint of heart! If you're up for the challenge, this trail traverses a variety of terrain and provides stunning views of the canyon. The final half-mile takes hikers along a narrow ridge that, at times, has sheer dropoffs on one or both sides. If your nerves get the best of you, you have the opportunity to turn back at any time.

Cascades along the Virgin River on the Riverside Walk trail at Zion National Park

Go on a Riverside Stroll

Take a leisurely stroll along the Virgin River while enjoying some classic Zion scenery with a visit to the Riverside Walk trail. This 2.2-mile trail is paved and mostly flat, making it a great opportunity to enjoy some quintessential Zion scenery for families with strollers and visitors who need wheelchair-accessible paths. Many areas of the river are quite shallow, offering ample opportunities for cooling off and splashing around, however, there are no lifeguards on duty, so swim at your own risk.

Walk the Canyon Overlook Trail

The Canyon Overlook Trail is a quick 1-mile hike located just after the tunnel on the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. This short hike offers ample adventure and big rewards, as the trail has some exciting cliff-hugging passageways and an awe-inspiring view of the canyon at the end. Bighorn sheep are common in the area, so keep your eyes open for possible wildlife spotting. Consider combining this hike with another easy one, such as Emerald Pools or The Watchman!

Canyon Overlook Trail within Zion National Park, Utah
Canyon Overlook Trail within Zion National Park, Utah

Walk the Canyon Overlook Trail

The Canyon Overlook Trail is a quick 1-mile hike located just after the tunnel on the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. This short hike offers ample adventure and big rewards, as the trail has some exciting cliff-hugging passageways and an awe-inspiring view of the canyon at the end. Bighorn sheep are common in the area, so keep your eyes open for possible wildlife spotting. Consider combining this hike with another easy one, such as Emerald Pools or The Watchman!