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Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
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Owner description: A popular drive within Zion National Park.
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21 reviews
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“We must come back!”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

On the last leg of our trip, we drove from Lake Powell to Las Vegas with a stopover at Zion Canyon. We stayed in a lodge West from the park. We had two half days in the National Park. On both occasions with parked in the parking lot at the Visitor's Center and took the shuttle into the park. We found the ride in the shuttle bus the most enjoyable experience, thanks to the very well structured recorded information played in the carriages.

The drive into the park, from the East, was an incredible experience on its own. On Route 9, after travelling through a 1 mile long, the road rapidly descends about 1000 feet through a series of hairpin bends, with several lookouts (with parking).

If you are short on time, like we were, we recommend the hike to the Emerald Pools, starting from the Zion Lodge. On the way back, instead of going back to the Lodge, take the Grotto trail. The track to the Lower Emerald Pool is easy, it is moderately more difficult to the Middle and Upper Pools. Good hiking shoes, preferably with ankle support, are essential. Even though we were hiking in mid-afternoon, in the middle of October, it was fairly hot, so take water with you.

On the second day, we started early morning. After having a very good and very reasonably priced breakfast in Zion Lodge's upstairs restaurant, we travelled to the Temple of Sinawava (the end of the shuttle run) and went on the Riverside Walk. It is really a walk only, on a paved trail. We have seen people of all ages walking along, even parents with babies in strollers.

We did not have time to do the "real" hike into the narrower parts of the canyon, which starts at the end of the Riverside Walk and requires wading through the river -- hence our desire to return to the park!

It is essential to check the weather conditions beforehand.

Visited October 2012
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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We just left Zion this morning,and would have loved to stay longer . It is so massive and gorgeous! The park itself is so well run. They have shuttle buses every 7 -10 mins so you never waited long to get to the next beautiful part of the park. The trails range from easy to difficult , so everyone can enjoy at their own pace. It's a MUST to see. Bryce Cannon was another great excursion! We have a beautiful country...go explore!

Visited October 2012
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Albuquerque, NM
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A Bucket List Must”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

What a beautiful park. The park is well organized and the drive from one end of it to another is wonderful. The pace is slow enough to get the enormity of the cliffs, the river is beautiful, and there are areas to pull off and take pictures throughout the route. The visitor center is nicely maintained with clean restrooms and a nice variety of books and souvenirs in the bookstore. I've been to Zion three times and it always awes me.

Visited October 2012
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful drive”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

Everyone can enjoy the beauty and majesty of this park. But you should really take the time to get out and take some of the great hikes.

Visited October 2012
Thank Barry N
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Absolutely Stunning!”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Came out to Red Mountain Resort in Ivins for a long weekend with my sister. We decided to come visit Zion since it was only a hour's drive away...it was absolutely wonderful...We picked up sandwiches in Springdale and parked outside the entrance to the park. A short walk to the visitor center where we picked up maps and walking sticks (definitely worth the money) The shuttle picked us up at the center and ran continously all the way up to the Riverside walk (a beautiful mile walk upto the narrows) The shuttle is approximately an 80 minute round trip where you can get on an off with easy access to the various trails. There are modern facilities at most of the shuttle stops (no out houses here!) The views all around you are amazing...I have to say it can be sensory overload...I would love to come back and visit over a period of several days but if you only have a day, definitely make the time to come and visit....

Visited October 2012
Thank MarinaUW
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