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Zion hosts an amazing assortment of both relaxing and invigorating activities. Probably the most popular Park activity is trail hiking, which varies widely in scenery and difficulty. While Zion boasts a number of fantastic day hikes, the "crown jewels" are Angels Landing and The Narrows, both once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for unique adventure and beauty. For backpackers, the prize hike might be the West Rim Trail, which traverses the heart of Zion's high country with stunning view after stunning view.
THE NARROWS trailhead is best acheived in the busy season by riding the free shuttle to the top of the main canyon to the "Temple of Sinewava". From here, you can follow a paved path (about 1 mile) to where the main canyon begins to narrow significantly. From this point, plan to get your feet wet; you can rent water shoes from one of the local guide companies, if you like. Generally, you'll be walking in water about 6 to 24 inches deep, though there are occasionally spots that go waist- or chest-deep. This is probably one of the most beautiful places to visit in Zion (as long as you like the water). Check with the Visitor Center about this and other experiences in Zion. Make sure the weather is good.You'll enjoy this most from June to September when the water is a little warmer, but you can get water shoes and other gear to do this any time of year from local outfitters.
ANGELS LANDING is not for the faint of heart or mind. Climbing 1520 feet in only 2.5 miles, this hike tests your mettle, but the incredible views along the way - and at the top - make the effort more than worth it. Hikers who don't like heights should prepare themselves mentally for the last 1/2-mile, which departs from Scout's Lookout and climbs a thin ridge to the summit. Though the trail is often lined with sturdy, helpful chains for support, the 1500-foot drops on either side can intimidate even seasoned mountain hikers.
WILDLIFE can be elusive in Zion, as many animals here are most active around the dawn and dusk hours. There are still some "sure bets," though; mule deer, turkeys, ravens, lizards, and chipmunks are difficult to avoid. For rarer, but achieveable, wildlife opportunities, don't miss the chance to see bighorn sheep on Zion's East Side. The sheep often graze near the road, east of the 1-mile Springdale - Mt. Carmel Tunnel, so keep your eyes peeled between the tunnel and the East Entrance. While Zion also counts mountain lions, ringtail cats, raccoons, skunk, foxes, and a wide variety of birds as residents, many of these animals are fairly rare finds. Good luck!
HORSEBACK RIDING is an enjoyable option for those looking to get off their feet and into the saddle. The riding concession operates across from the Zion Lodge and offers one-hour ($40/person) and 3-hour ($75/person) rides. If you are inexperienced with horses, you'll be in good comapny; 65% of the riders are new or almost new to horseback riding. The trail is sandy and reasonable, meandering around the canyon-bottom on either side of the Virgin River.
OTHER ACTIVITIES: There are some good horseback riding opportunities outside of the park and there are some outfitters in the area that provide guided experiences such as hiking, canyoneering, mountain biking, rock climbing, jeep/ATV tours, and more. Some of the long-time companies that provide these services are linked below: