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Can non hikers see much in Zion

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Can non hikers see much in Zion

We are planning a road trip from Vegas to Denver in mid September and wanted to visit Zion on the way, We are not Hikers (health reasons). Is it still worth seeing or are all the best views on the long hikes?.

We are planning to go on to Bryce canyon/ Monument valley on our way across to colarado

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1. Re: Can non hikers see much in Zion

It's still worth it. And if you can walk, you can simply walk along the boardwalk into the entrance of the Narrows, which is worth the short time it takes. Overall, you'll take away more from Bryce but still worth a visit to Zion.

Have fun.

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2. Re: Can non hikers see much in Zion

Not all of the best views are on the long hikes, but there certainly are some. Visiting Zion is still worth it. By shuttle bus you can visit along the main canyon. The Visitor Center and the History Museum are worthwhile stops.The VC and Museum are connected by the Parus trail, which is a flat paved sidewalk along the river(except for the short stretch from the river up to the museum) Court of Patriarchs and Weeping Rock are both really short paths to park features. The Grotto and Lodge are picturesque stops as well. The Temple of Sinawava has the access to the Riverside Walk mentioned above. This trail is one of the accessible type paths in the park, so is an easy stroll by default. If you can manage a trail with a little more rolling pathway, then Lower Emerald Pools is another terrific hike with nice park canyon features.

From the main canyon/Springdale, you can auto/car tour to East Zion via SR9. This route may be the one you are taking to Bryce.

You can also car tour to the Kolob Canyons section of Zion off of the I-15. The Kolob Finger Canyons have the most amount of exposed sedimentary layers in the entire park, so very colorful and textured.

The Kolob Terrace/Reservoir road is the las scenic route in the park, and is sometimes the most neglected. It takes you up onto the mesa tops and terrraces similar to what surrounds the main canyon. Higher up on this route you will travel into forests of conifer/fir/pine/aspen? as you start to approach 8000 feet in elevation.

Springdale is the small community that mainly supports the visitor base to Zion. With its mix of unique hotels, cuisine, and shops/galleries, it is also a unique and worthwhile place to spend some time as well.

If you are able to visit all of the places that I have mentioned, it is in my opinion you will see far more than what is available at Bryce(internal to the park)

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3. Re: Can non hikers see much in Zion

We're not hikers either (anymore) and we keep coming back to Zion and the other Utah National parks. What will be your route between Bryce and Monument Valley. Via Page or the longer but superb drives via Torrey and Mexican Hat? Check out ut12 and ut95 for scenery. Via Page is much faster though.

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4. Re: Can non hikers see much in Zion

Zions is a great national park and has activities to suit all manner of visitors. For the more adventurous there is plenty of back country to explore. But the vast majority of visitors stay in the main canyon where there are the various cliffs and the river and resident deer and turkey to see. You can spend some time at the history museum and enjoy the views of the Temples of the Virgin from there. Catch a ranger program which are always very informative. Sit on the chairs of the lodge and enjoy an ice cream while surrounded by the area of Angel's Landing. Yes, It is a great park to visit if you never even set foot on a trail.

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6. Re: Can non hikers see much in Zion

Zion is worth seeing even if you arent hikers. Inside the Canyon many of the trails are pretty easy with them being mainly flat.

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7. Re: Can non hikers see much in Zion

Hi Hoss.

It's hard to advise you without knowing what you mean by health issues, but there are some really great 1-3 hour hikes in Zion if you think you could manage that, and there are enough non-hike views to make it worth going even if you couldn't do something relatively short and flat like Riverwalk. The shuttle will take you to several stops with great scenery. You can still see the Temple of Sinawawa at the beginning of the Riverwalk, the view of the Great White Throne from the Big Bend stop, and other icons like the Three Patriarchs, the Watchman and the West Temple/Altar of Sacrifice without hiking, as well as simply viewing the canyon walls and Virgin River.

One warning about Bryce though - if your health issues involve heart and/or lungs, you should talk to your doctor before going due to the altitude.

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8. Re: Can non hikers see much in Zion

In Zion, you could just ride the free shuttle bus from the visitor center up and down the canyon and never even get off and that would still be a great experience, far superior to just driving through on Ut9 and never even knowing that the canyon exists as I sadly suspect many visitors do.

Some (all?) of the shuttle bus stops have seats so you could get off, sit down, admire the wonderful views, and wait for the next bus.

At the Lodge there are seats around a large circular grass area, ideal on a hot day for the consumption of a cool drink or an ice cream from the snack bar.

And of course there are the easy trails other people have already described.

So is it worth it? Definitely yes!!!

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