Zion National Park
Zion National Park
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  • dotravels
    Michigan527 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views
    Initially we entered the park from the east on highway 9. The drive was beautiful. The parking at the Zion Canyon visitor center was very congested. We took the shuttle into the park, which was very convenient from our hotel...Springdale shuttle and Park shuttle. We scenic drive wfrom the shuttle is not a spectacular as of you were driving it in your vehicle. We really enjoyed the Riverside Walk. We also drove to the Kolob section - part of the road was closed, but still worth the trip...less crowded and different scenes.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 18, 2023
  • debilind
    Lahaina, Hawaii115 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Utah
    The park is a wonderful reminder of how beautiful and different the land is from state to state! The parking at Zion is horrible! I wish there had been better signage about parking, how to pay for parking and where to catch the shuttle. Once you find a spot, figure it out and get on a shuttle everything is wonderful. Great time, beautiful landscape, rocks and waterfalls.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Gail G
    Southampton, United Kingdom801 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular
    We stayed at the holiday inn express which was close to the frequent shuttle. Once at the park there is a hop on hop off bus (which can get over full!) There are numerous hikes if you like a good hike, us not so much, but still spent a good few hours in these wonderful surroundings.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2023
  • Amid Azad
    San Ramon, California66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Uniquely Charming.
    This is one of the most interesting attraction in the United States. It’s truly a must see places while vacationing. Absolutely beautiful and eye opening for us. There’s nothing like it. If you like nature and outdoor activities, this is definitely one place to checkout.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Melaney68
    Chesapeake Beach, Maryland10,883 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plan to wait at the entrance
    This jaw-dropping park is always busy. Expect to wait in a long line at the entrances and kindly save your questions for the rangers at the beautiful visitor’s center. Do your research before you arrive so you can plan the hikes you wish to take. Local outfitters can equip you for the Narrows and know that you need a permit to climb Angel’s Landing. Be sure to arrive EARLY for the buses to the trails. Otherwise the wait will be just like your wait for getting into the park.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Sara T
    Ellicott City, Maryland970 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous park!
    Zion is a gorgeous park with stunning views everywhere. The only trail that allows dogs is Par’us which was a nice paved pathway. We stayed in Watchman Campground so we did not have to worry about parking. We took the shuttle to trail heads. It was just amazing. We were there for 5 days and still missed stuff to see and do. We will be back!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Jazz Gumbo
    London, United Kingdom828 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    What an astounding place to visit, very busy when we went, that takes away its obvious tranquility that is clear to see. The place is a treasure trove of remarkable stops. There is a bus shuttle that is excellent and takes you to each spot. A lot of hiking spots, so busy you have to make sure some are requested in advance. It goes without saying that this place is a MUST on any journey through southern Utah.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Linda N
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be there early and expect to move around slowly
    The views are great. Be prepared for crowds. Be in the park by 8 am to try for Visitors Center parking. The shuttles can take awhile to move around through the park. It’s easy to see what the goal is, to eliminate personal cars and protect the park, but the shuttle system is slow. With a few of the trails closed, one trail intended for families was redirected to another much more difficult and scary trail. It was so crowded, people were carrying crying toddlers and the trail was full of people in flip flops on rocky narrow places designated as ‘don’t fall off the cliff”.. So be sure to read updates and check the trail descriptions.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
  • jjhumphrey02
    Belvidere, Illinois60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heaven on Earth
    Zion National Park…beautiful, stunning, magical. It is all of the best adjectives and more. We wanted to hike The Narrows but it was closed so we hiked the Upper Emerald Pools. The hike took us about 3 hours round trip because we took the long way back(we got lost) because there was a bridge closed. The hike was more beautiful than the pool itself though. The pool was pretty dry and no waterfall which was a bummer. We had to take many stops along the way because I had to look down while walking so I wouldn’t lose my footing and fall off the cliff. It was also busy so there were many times where we had to wait for hikers to come through. It was hot…very hot but it was all worth it. Wish we could have done more. We ended up going to the lodge for an 8 dollar beer afterwards😲. The shuttle system was fantastic and there is a map that explains the hikes as far as difficulty. We parked in Springdale and we were close enough to walk to the park to grab the shuttle. We went to Bryce the day before and we drove through Zion on the way back to our rental house on the scenic Highway. It will seriously blow your mind.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, Iowa4,608 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of our beautiful National Parks
    Awesomely beautiful walls of stone in Zion National Park. My second visit here. I would definitely return to hike some different trails. The hiking is wonderful in this beautiful place. I recommend the Canyon Overlook, Riverwalk Trail, West Rim Trail, Emerald Pools trail. Take the free Zion shuttle to the scenic drive for many of the hikes. I think it would be fun to stay in the Lodge in the future. One of our beautiful National Parks!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
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Sandy817
Phoenix, AZ842 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Zion is undoubtedly beautiful and majestic but there are issues. The first time we were here several years ago we were evacuated right after we arrived due to the heavy rain that could flood the canyon and huge boulders that fell and blocked the road. On this second attempt we were unable to get shuttle tickets to go up into the canyon until the day before. They are restricted due to Covid, released several weeks in advance & sell out almost immediately. Parking is full within the park by 8-9 am and while there is a lot of parking in Springdale, I think it is expensive at $25 per car. While waiting for the shuttle within the park, we asked a ranger if admittance to the park was restricted as the shuttle is. She said no and frankly, this park is overrun with visitors making it difficult to enjoy. Social distancing did not exist at the shuttle stops (except at the visitor center) as people waited for buses to arrive. The Riverside walk was filled with people & not a pleasant experience either. Zion currently has a serious algae problem in their stream (deadly to dogs who drink it) & the ranger told us she would not go in it or allow anyone in her family to do so. Of course we saw a lot of people with wet clothing from wading in the stream. There are also myriad electric bikes in the park that cause the shuttles to slow or nearly stop. I sincerely hope no one is killed or seriously injured before they restrict them to certain areas.
Written October 15, 2020
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Bill K
Mantorville, MN6,294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
There is so much to love about this park. Great hiking and biking opportunities, grand natural beauty unlike anywhere else in this country, and it is located so very close to a city that offers plenty of restaurants, places to stay, and activities to do.

Please note...you will need to do some advanced planning before your visit. There are only three ways into the main part of the park from March through September...park shuttle, bike, or private shuttle. For the park shuttle you will need a ticket from recreation.gov . They are for assigned times and are just $1. The ticketing system helps to control ridership to address COVID-19 concerns. Biking is one of the best ways to experience the park as the main road is mostly flat. Bikes need to be reserved ahead of time with outfitters in Springdale. They are often snapped up days in advance. Private shuttles are the most expensive route and will also need to be reserved in advance.

This park is gorgeous, and you can see it all with a little advanced planning.
Written August 29, 2020
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merc4496
Florida68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Zion is an adventure that will provide lasting memories with your family. My husband and I did the Narrows and Angels Landing in one day. We had 7am shuttle tickets which are essential. I recommend planning ahead and determine what dates you can go to Zion and look at recreation.gov for when shuttle fares go on sale. I recommend creating an account prior and setting an alarm for when shuttle tickets go on sale.
We rented from Zion outfitters for the Narrows, in line by 645am to snag our gear, and boarded the shuttle by 730am. We made sure to park at the visitor center by 630am. The walk to Zion outfitters and a coffee shop is a 5 min walk from the visitor center parking lot. The only downside of our day in Zion was we had to carry our bib gear from Narrows to hiking up Angels Landing. You cannot return to your car, the shuttle ticket will expire after exiting visitor center stop. We finished the day by 630pm, dropped off gear at Zion Outfitters, and ended the day with beers at the pub near the exit.
Written April 19, 2021
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Colleen C
Troy, NY2,471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
During Covid they were letting cars go Zion Canyon Scenic Drive as we got there they changed it to Shuttles ONLY ~ while Covid is still present we opted to NOT be on a bus with multiple others. Plus you have to be one of the first people there in the morning in order to get tickets for that day of travel on the bus . During this time they are only making half the stops it usually would stop at. So if you feel the same way you can still drive through the National Park by driving from the south entrance and take Mt. Carmel Highway to the East. You can still get good sense of the beauty that ZION has to offer.
Unfortunately I do believe we missed a lot of the great views by not going on the shuttles. The Grottos, Temple of Sinawava etc.. missed.
Written April 20, 2021
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japapuss
Wilmette, IL108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
The main thing to know about Zion is that cars are NOT allowed on the park's "scenic drive". The only way to enjoy the drive and the nearby hiking trails are to use the shuttle busses . . . and herein lies the problem: The park operates shuttle busses that cost $1 per person, but the tickets sell out QUICKLY. Combined with social distancing requirements of COVID, getting tickets is almost impossible unless you get them WAY ahead of time. There are PRIVATELY run shuttle busses, but they are a rip off. You'll pay anywhere from $35 to $60 per person to get the exact same ride as the $1 shuttle. But fear not. You can have an excellent experience at Zion, without the benefit of shuttle busses. First, you can drive the Kolob Terrace Rd. from Virgin, UT. This will take you through the western part of Zion, and provides magnificent scenery. There are a few hiking trails along the way, but they are not heavily trafficked. Prepare accordingly. The second option is to drive highway 9 (also known as the Zion - Mount Carmel Highway) which takes you through the eastern side of Zion. The views are breathtaking. We did both Kolob Terrace and Highway 9 and were NOT disappointed. If you cannot get into the "touristy" part of Zion, this is the way to go.
Written April 5, 2021
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Lizeth R
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We had a blast at Zion, be ready for some serious hiking!
If coming in the summer, plan ahead and purchase Zion shuttle tickets!!
Extremely hot in the summer, hydrate and best to start early
We did the Narrows for about 4 miles in and 4 miles back, awesome!! I recommend to rent the water hiking boots, socks and sticks for $25 the morning of...totally worth it bc rocks are slippery. Our 8 year old niece did it just fine and had a blast

Angels landing is definitely very challenging but such beautiful views (8 year old made it although struggling). When you reach angels landing, keep going up for about 15 min toward west rim...:awesome views

Upper emerald pool trail was definitely challenging, especially in the heat. Once you get there it’s peaceful, lots of shade and quiet.

We spent some time just relaxing on the grass by Zion lodge.
Written August 3, 2020
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Eli K
Brooklyn, NY895 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
The park was very very busy. It was hard to find parking by the visitor center. Unless you reserve shuttle tickets in advance (which I recommend, though complex when it can be reserved), you will have to wait on a long line until 2pm for walk in tickets.
There are still other parks of the park which can be driven with a private car even without a shuttle ticket.
We did the lower emerald pool hike. I’d recommend going to the middle pool.
The view everywhere is beautiful and makes you feel small.
Other famous hikes are angels landings and the narrows.
Waiting for the shuttle on the way back was also a long wait.
Written April 6, 2021
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radx4
Ellicott City, MD2,197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Obviously Zion National Park is one of the premier national parks in the country. It is full of majestic views and fun hikes. It is a must-visit park.

That being said, some preparation is required in order to make the most of your visit. Cars are not allowed to drive into the main area of the park. Instead, you will have to take a shuttle from the visitor center to get to most locations. Tickets for the shuttle are currently highly limited due to COVID restrictions. We reserved our tickets a month in advance, and we couldn't get morning tickets. It is unclear when the tickets are released.

Parking was also a bit of a disaster. There is far too little parking available by the visitor center. Instead, we ended up parking along the side of the main road in a pull-out area that was not clearly marked. During peak times in the summer, many people end up having to park outside the park and taking another shuttle just to get to the second shuttle. This is poorly designed and thought out. More parking should be made available to guests given the popularity of the park.

There are two main attractions in Zion National Park: Angel's landing and the river walk. We did the full Angel's Landing hike. It is strenuous but affords stunning views. We did not do the riverwalk through the Zion River. You should only do this if you have appropriate gear as you will get wet and can only take the shuttle back to your car once.

Overall, you should definitely consider visiting Zion National Park. It is one of the prettiest places around. Hopefully they will address the parking and shuttle issues.
Written November 11, 2020
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Mick M
Aliso Viejo, CA33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Words will never do this place justice. Ever. We just visited this past weekend on a whim and the hours drive was worth it. As soon as you enter the valley it is just absolutely awe inspiring. Both serene and exciting, there is so much to see of the beautiful landscape. One tip I have now come to realize, if you own a bike, bring it. Our only regret is not bringing our bikes, but hey it’s a reason to come back! The park is open 24 hours and we even took the night drive to see the stars. We will definitely try the camp grounds next time. We were so fortunate to come up close to big horn sheep and to be able to catch the shuttle on the first day! This park really takes your breath away. It was genuinely a sad moment to have to depart such a captivating natural place, but as I’ve said we will definitely return to explore even more. For those reading and contemplating the distance from where ever you are to visit Zion, trust me the drive and time will be very worth while. Even if petrol was $10 per gallon, I’d still gladly drive the hundreds of miles to come here, it really is that fantastic.
Written September 2, 2020
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MrsssVandy
Livermore, CA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
The whole park is beautiful. My favorite hike was the Narrows the water was nice enough to cool you down but not freezing. The walls look amazing, and there are lots of spots to stop and take photos or catch your breath if needed. Don't drink the water, currently there are warnings signs all over that the bacteria can be harmful if consumed at this time. I definitely recommend September as the best month to visit, June and July are just too hot.
Written September 17, 2020
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