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One Day in Zion

 


How to Spend One Day in Zion National Park

 

Are you planning a day trip to Zion National Park in Utah? No problem! Stop searching! You came to the right place.

Here’s how to get the most out of your one day in Zion National Park. 

By the way, I am not surprised you are planning on going to Zion National Park!

It is one of the most visually spectacular places in the USA. You will be inspired and awestruck by its beauty.

 

 

Where is Zion National Park

 

Zion National Park is located within the state of Utah, in the southwestern United States.

 

Map data @2019 Google

 

 

How to Get to Zion National Park

 

BY PLANE

 

There are two International Airports that are the closest to Zion National Park that you can fly in: Las Vegas, Nevada located 170 miles from the park and Salt Lake City, Utah located 300 miles from the park.

The closest Regional Airports are located in Saint George, Utah – 49 miles form the park and Cedar City, Utah – 60 miles from the park.

 

BY CAR 

 

If you are driving from Las Vegas, Nevada and/or Saint George, Utah following are the directions:

  • Interstate 15 North
  • Exit 16 – Right on State Route 9 East (33 miles)
  • Right to stay on State Route 9 East in La Verkin, Utah (20 miles)
  • Stay on State Route 9 East into Zion National Park, the Visitor Center is ahead on the right.

 

If you are driving from Salt Lake City, Utah and/or Cedar City, Utah following are the directions:

  • Interstate 15 South
  • Exit 27 – Left on State Route 17 South (26 miles)
  • Left on State Route 9 East in La Verkin, Utah (20 miles)
  • Stay on State Route 9 East into Zion National Park, the Visitor Center is ahead on the right.

 

 

When Is the Best Time to Visit Zion National Park

 

SPRING OR FALL

 

To start with, the best time to visit the park is during spring or fall, specifically April – May and September – October. The weather is mild with daytime average temperatures in the 60s and 70s F.

 

SUMMER

 

Furthermore, summer, specifically June – September is the high season. The number of tourists skyrockets during these months. The temperatures skyrocket as well ranging from high 80s to 100s F.

 

WINTER

 

Finally, winter, specifically November through March, is a good time to visit Zion National Park. Above all, you will be able to find some solitude. Snow seldom reaches the canyon floor and that being the case, the scenic drive and hiking can be enjoyed during that time.

However, make sure to check the weather and local snow conditions. You need to make sure that the trails you are planning to hike are clear and safe. For example, during winter months trails like Angels Landing can be snowy/icy on the higher sections.Temperatures can range from low 50s to sometimes low 70s F.

 

 

If You Decide that One Day in Zion National Park Is Not Enough, 

Here’s Where to Stay around Zion National Park

 

SPRINGDALE, UTAH

 

If you want the convenience of staying right at the entrance to the park, then consider lodging in Springdale, Utah. However, be prepared to pay high prices for hotels in Springdale, Utah.

 

ST GEORGE, UTAH

 

I have stayed in St George, Utah which is located 49 miles from the park. It is a great stopping point if you are driving from Las Vegas. What is nice about St George, is that the hotels in St George are inexpensive compared to Springdale, Utah.

 

LA VERKIN, UTAH

 

However, if you are visiting Zion for a few days, making that drive every day everyday is not the best option. Considering this, I am recommending La Verkin, Utah. It is located 20.6 miles from the Zion National Park. You cannot beat the location and the prices. 

I have stayed at La Quinta Inns & Suites La Verkin – Gateway to Zion. I liked it a lot! By the way, this is not a sponsored recommendation. 

 

One Day in Zion

 

La Quinta Inns & Suits La Verkin is practically brand new. It is very clean and well managed. The rooms are spacious and have the modern feel. They all have microwaves and refrigerators.

In addition, you will get a complimentary breakfast.

 

One Day in Zion National Park

One Day in Zion National Park

 

One Day in Zion

One Day in Zion

 

 

Just a Couple of Interesting Facts About Zion National Park

 

  • To start with, the United States Congress established Zion National Park on November 19, 1919. A separate Zion National Monument, the Kolob Canyons area, was proclaimed on January 22, 1937, and was incorporated into the park on July 11, 1956.

 

  • Secondly, Zion National Park covers an area of 229 square miles.

 

  • Next, the park is named after the Hebrew word, “Zion.” This word translates as “a place of peace and relaxation.”

 

  • More importantly, Zion National Park is home to one of the most endangered species, the California condor. Its population as of December 2016 remains at 446 living wild and in captivity. 

 

Zion National Park - California Condor

The Zion condor family, with chick 1000 in between condor 409 and 523. 

Photo credit: NPS Photo / Jason Pietrzak

 

  • Finally, the world’s longest tunnel is located in Zion National Park. It is known as Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. It is 1.1 miles long. It was opened and dedicated on July 4, 1930.

 

Zion Tunnel

Zion tunnel

Zion tunnel

 

Above all, I honestly cannot resist adding the fact one of my favorite movies “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” was filmed near Zion National Park.

Specifically, it was filmed at the ghost town of Grafton.

Interestingly, Butch Cassidy was born Robert Leroy Parker on April 13, 1866, in Beaver, Utah. In 1900, he partnered with Harry Longabaugh, nicknamed the “Sundance Kid,” to rob banks and trains. They were the leaders of the Wild Bunch.

Following is the picture of Robert Redford and Paul Newman starring in the above mentioned movie taken at Madam Tussaud Hollywood. Right next to it is the picture of the real members of the Wild Bunch: Front row left to right: Harry A. Longabaugh, alias the Sundance Kid, Ben Kilpatrick, alias the Tall Texan, Robert Leroy Parker, alias Butch Cassidy; Standing: Will Carver & Harvey Logan, alias Kid Curry; Fort Worth, Texas, 1900.

 

Zion

Photo credit: Prayitno via Flickr

Zion

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons from the studio of John Swartz

 

 

Zion National Park Opening Hours

 

Zion National Park is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. However, some facilities reduce the opening hours during winter.

In order to get all the details about Zion National Park, make sure to read: The Essential Guide to Zion National Park

 



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Zion National Park Entrance Fees

 

All visitors are required to purchase a recreational use pass. You pay for the pass at the entrance to the park. The pass is valid for seven consecutive days including the date of purchase.

In 2018 the cost of the pass was $30 for a private vehicle. Please check National Park website for updated prices.

 

 

Annual Pass – America the Beautiful Parks and Federal Recreational Lands

 

If you are visiting several national parks during your vacation, you should consider purchasing an annual pass.

The cost of the annual pass in 2018 was $80.

Annual pass is a great deal! It us your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, such as national parks, national wildlife refugees, national forests and grasslands.

By the way, you can purchase the pass online. Following is the website: America the Beautiful – National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass

 

 

Zion National Park Map

 

Following is the map of Zion National Park. You can print the map here. 

 

Zion Hiking Map

Photo credit: U.S. National Park Service, restoration/cleanup by Matt Holly

 

 

Zion National Park Shuttle

 

If you are visiting the park between the months of April through October, using the shuttle is mandatory. No private vehicles are allowed inside the park.

By the same token, shuttle is free. Your park entrance ticket covers the cost of the shuttle.

The shuttle operates in Springdale, Utah, as well as inside the park. You can hop on/hop off at any of the shuttle stops.

 

Zion

 

SPRINGDALE SHUTTLE

 

Following is the map of nine stops of the Springdale Shuttle. You can print the map here.

 

Zion Shuttle Map

Photo credit: U.S. National Park Service, restoration/cleanup by Matt Holly

 

ZION NATIONAL PARK SHUTTLE (inside the park)

 

Following is the map of the Zion National Park shuttle stops (inside the park).

I will be referring to this map throughout my post.

All the stops are at either scenic locations or the beginning of the trailheads. You can print the map here. 

Moreover, here is the detailed Shuttle schedule: Shuttle Schedule

 

Zion Shuttle

Photo Credit: U.S. National Park Service, restoration/cleanup by Matt Holly

 

 

Time Zones

 

Before I get started on the one day itinerary to Zion National  Park, I need to remind you about the different time zones.

Depending where you are traveling to or from, keep in mind that Utah is in the Mountain Time Zone. California and Nevada are in the Pacific Time Zone (which is one hour earlier than Utah). Arizona is in the Mountain Time Zone, however it does not observe daylight savings time.

 

 

Cell Phone Reception at Zion National Park

 

Do not rely on cell phone coverage when hiking in Zion National Park.

While you can get reception in the town of Springdale and at the Zion Lodge, you are unlikely to get service on many of Zion’s trails, in any canyons, or most locations deep in the backcountry.

I usually download google offline maps and use them to help me navigate the places without cell phone reception.

 

 

One Day Itinerary to Zion National Park

 

I have been to Zion National Park several times. I have done different versions of this itinerary. 

These are my suggestions of how to spend one day in Zion to get the most out of it. 

Keep in mind, that trails might be temporarily closed during different times of the year usually due to the damage they sustain during the heavy rains. This one day itinerary will give you a couple of different options just in case there are trail closures. 

 

  1. Zion Outfitter Store in Springdale, UT 

  2. Court of the Patriarchs  

  3. Emerald Pools Trail 

  4. Angels Landing Trail (option #1)

  5. Weeping Rock Trail 

  6. Observation Point Trail (option #2)

  7. Riverside Walk

  8. The Zion Narrows (option #3)

 

 

Number 1

Zion Outfitter Store in Springdale, UT

 

Our first stop of this one day itinerary is in Springdale at Zion Outfitter Store. Address is: 7 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT 84767. You can’t miss it. It is a busy place!

We are going to rent some gear so that we will be able to comfortably navigate the wet, uneven terrain in the Zion Narrows. The Zion Narrows is a hike upstream the Virgin River. We are going to hike for at least half a mile, just to get the feel for the Zion Narrows and take some spectacular pictures. Plus, it will be a lot of fun!

Reservations for the rentals are not required but are available on the Zion Outfitter site: Zion Outfitter. Adjustments can easily be made to all reservations upon arrival. They keep plenty of equipment in stock in order to accommodate all walk-in customers. All Narrows equipment can be picked up either the morning of our hike or the evening prior after 4pm.

 

Rental Packages and Prices

 

  1. Warm Weather Package  – it is recommended during summer months and includes canyoneering boots, neoprene socks, and a hiking stick. The canyoneering boots provide a great grip on wet or dry rock. In addition, they give an awesome ankle support. Further, you need to know that your feet will get wet, but they will be kept warm by the neoprene socks. The wooden hiking stick is ideal for balance and stability. Believe me, you will need it!The rental cost is $24.

 

  1. Dry Pants Package – it is recommended during fall when the water levels are low but the water is absolutely frigid. Dry Pants Package includes dry pants, which are waist high, canyoneering boots, neoprene socks, and a wooden hiking stick. The pants will keep all water out so you are able to wear your regular hiking clothes underneath. The rental cost is $41.

 

  1. Dry Bib Package – it is recommended during spring and winter. The water levels are high and of course the water is icy cold. The Dry Bibs come up to the armpits providing more coverage than the dry pants. The package includes: dry bibs (waders), canyoneering boots, neoprene socks, and a wooden hiking stick. The rental cost is $45.

More importantly, you will need some kind of waterproof backpack to keep all your documents, phones, cameras, etc safe and dry.

 

 

Number 2

Court of the Patriarchs

 

Court of the Patriarchs is our second stop of the day. It is located at number 4 on the map.

Hence, it is a great spot to see the mountain formations across the canyon that are known as the “Court of the Patriarchs”.

 

Zion

 

Subsequently, take a 50-yard staircase uphill to get to the view. Right in front of you are three peaks. From left to right are: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The view is particularly beautiful in the morning light or at sunset.

 

 

Number 3

Emerald Pools Trail

 

Emerald Pools Trail is our third stop in this one day itinerary to Zion. 

Emerald Pools Trail is located at number 5 on the map – Zion Lodge.

Needless to say, Emerald Pools Trail is a Zion classic. It is an absolute delight to hike this trail. It intertwines past a small stream that rolls down the cliffs and forms several pools.

 

Zion

 

EMERALD POOLS TRAIL MAP

 

Emerald Pools Trail Map

Photo credit: U.S. National Park Service, restoration/cleanup by Matt Holly

 

EMERALD POOLS TRAIL QUICK FACTS 

 

  • Distance – 2.2 miles round-trip
    • Lower Pool – .6 miles one-way
    • Middle Pool – 1 mile one-way
    • Upper Pool – 1.1 miles one-way

 

  • Length of Time – 2-4 hours
    • Lower Pool – 30 minutes
    • Middle Pool – 1 hour
    • Upper Pool – 1.5 hours

 

  • Elevation Change – 569 ft
    • Lower Pool – 69 ft ascent
    • Middle Pool – 150 ft ascent
    • Upper Pool – 350 ft ascent

 

  • Difficulty Level – Easy to Moderate

 

  • Access – Zion Lodge

 

This lovely trail is open year round. However, spring and fall are the most pleasant times of the year to visit.

 

Emerald Pools Trail

 

You will get to Lower Pool in about 30 minutes.

 

Emerald Pools Trail

 

The trail goes along an alcove and two waterfalls meander down and form beautiful pools below.

 

Zion

 

Emerald Pools Trail Waterfall

Emerald Pools Trail Waterfall

 

Once you pass the alcove, the trail goes up at an incline and takes you to the top of the alcove that you have just walked under. It is called Middle Emerald Pools.

There are no pools here, but rather you will find a stream that later on becomes the waterfall.

 

Zion

 

The final stretch leading to the Upper Emerald Pool is the most strenuous, but it is short. So hang in there! In no time, you will be at the Upper Emerald Pool. 

 

 

To get back, you can simply retrace your steps.

However, if you would like to admire some different scenery, you can take Kayenta Trail. Kayenta Trail is slightly longer. It will end at the Grotto Shuttle Bus stop number 6. Next, you can take the shuttle and continue on to our next destination.

However, if you are using your own vehicle and you parked it at the Zion Lodge stop, it is not a problem at all. Simply take the Grotto Trail back to the Zion Lodge. It is only .5 miles. If you look at the map right above, it will make more sense.

 



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MPORTANT: As I am writing this post, both Upper Emerald Pools Trail and Kayenta Trail are closed due to the damage they sustained on July 11, 2018. Make sure to check Zion National Park website for updates!

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Emerald Pools Trail waterfall

View from Angels Landing

 

 

Number 4

Angels Landing Trail (Option #1)

 

As I am writing this blog post, Angels Landing Trail has been closed due to the damage it sustained since July 11, 2018.

However, as you are reading this blog post and planning your trip, Angles Landing Trail might already be open!

 

So the plan is: if the trail is open, then keep reading about Angels Landing Trail. If the trail is closed, continue to our next stopping point – Number 5.

 

Check the status of Angels Landing Trail here.

By the way, if Angels Landing Trail is closed, do not despair! I have another place in mind that you can hike and it will get you to the most spectacular scenery as well. It is Observation Point – Number 6 on the map and I will talk about it later on in this blog post.

To return to the subject, if all is good and the trail is open, then, our fourth stop of the day is Angels Landing Trail. It is another classic hike in Zion National Park. Needless to say, it is one of the hikes with the most stunning viewpoints.

 

Angels Landing

 



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IMPORTANT: I must stress that Angels Landing Trail is not recommended for people with the fear of heights. There are sections of the trail where you will be walking on a narrow spine of the mountain and using chains to help you up. In addition, the conditions might be dangerous during the winter months, so check with park rangers before attempting to hike Angels Landing Trail.

READ: What to Expect When Hiking Angels Landing in Zion 

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So, before you attempt to hike Angels Landing Trail, make sure to read my detailed post about What to Expect When Hiking Angels Landing in Zion 

 

Angels Landing Trail Quick Facts

 

  • Distance – 2.5 miles one way
    • Grotto Trailhead to Refrigerator Canyon – 1.1 miles
    • Refrigerator Canyon to Scouts Lookout – .85 mile
    • Scouts Lookout to Angels Landing – .55 mile

 

  • Length of Time – 3-6 hours

 

  • Elevation Change – 1,490 ft ascend
    • Grotto Trailhead – 4300 ft
    • Refrigerator Canyon – 4900ft
    • Scouts Lookout – 5350 ft
    • Angels Landing – 5790 ft

 

  • Difficulty Level – Strenuous

 

  • Access – The Grotto – number 6 on the map

 

Angels Landing Trail starts at the Grotto Trailhead. This is number 6 on the map.

To begin with, cross the hiker’s bridge over the Virgin River and follow the trail. Initially, you are on the West Rim Trail. If you look up, the Angels Landing Peak is right in front of you.

The trail remains at an easy grade as it approaches the lower cliffs blocking the entrance to Refrigerator Canyon.

Next, as you get closer to the lower cliffs the trail begins a series of switchbacks. Although the switchbacks are wiggly, these are not Walter’s Wiggles yet. You will reach them later on. The switchbacks will take you to the top of the ridge above Refrigerator Canyon.

 

Angels Landing

 

WALTER’S WIGGLES

 

Next, the trail gradually climbs up the canyon and pretty soon you will get to the famous 1930’s CCC engineering section called Water’s Wiggles. Each wiggle is a short switchback. There are a total of 21 wiggles!

 

Angels Landing

 

Next, you will get to Scout’s Lookout. Here you can admire the canyon below as well as get a good look at the final section of the trail leading to Angels Landing.

Additionally, at Scout’s Lookout you leave West Rim Trail and continue on Angels Landing Trail.

Ahead of you is the most challenging part of the trail. You will be using chains to help you get higher up. There are guard rails as well as some carved steps to steady your climb.

A lot of people stop hiking right at this point. And, it is ok! If you are not up to it, then rest a bit and head back down. 

 

Angels Landing

 

However, if you decide to continue, you will be rewarded with an amazing 360-degree view.

 

Angels Landing

 

It is time to head back.

Be cautious and slow, and retrace your steps.

 

 

Number 5

Weeping Rock Trail

 

Weeping Rock Trail is the next stop of the one day itinerary to Zion!

The trail will take you into a large bowl-shaped alcove with water flowing over its recess. The water causes the so called “weeping”  walls. And, the “weeping walls” form lush hanging gardens.

 

Zion

 

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By the way, the hanging Columbine found under the alcove is endemic to Zion. Actually, there are two species of Columbine in the park – the golden one, which has yellow flowers and the western one, which has red and yellow flowers.

 

Weeping Rock Trail Quick Facts

 

  • Distance – .5 miles round trip

 

  • Length of Time – 30 min

 

  • Elevation Change – 98 ft ascend

 

  • Difficulty Level – Easy

 

  • Access – Weeping Rock – number 7 on the map

 

Start by crossing the little hiker’s bridge.

 

Zion

 

Then, turn left and hike up the paved trail to the viewing area.

And, what a magnificent view it is!

 

Zion

 

Weeping Rock Trail has a nice shade and stays cool even during the hottest days. In addition, the water flowing down from the Weeping Rock provides invigorating refreshment in the dry heat. So, be prepared to get a bit wet. Likewise, use caution when walking since the path might be a little slippery.

 

If you are visiting the park in the wintertime, please be prepared for the trail closure due to icy conditions.

 

 

Number 6

Observation Point Trail (Option #2)

 

As I mentioned previously, if Angels Landing Trail is closed, then we will hike another trail, namely, Observation Point Trail.

Spoiler Alert: The viewpoint at the end of the trail is an iconic image of Zion National Park. It is absolutely stunning!

Moreover, Observation Point stands at 6,507 feet above the sea level, which is over 700 feet higher than the famous Angels Landing.

So, once you get to the top, you will be able to see Angels Landing and give yourself a pat on the back for being adventurous to conquer the higher viewpoint.

 



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Observation Point

 

Observation Point Quick Facts

 

  • Distance – 8 miles round trip

 

  • Length of Time – 4-5 hours

 

  • Elevation Change – 2100 ft ascend

 

  • Difficulty Level – Strenuous

 

  • Access – Weeping Rock – number 7 on the map

 

Weeping Rock Trailhead is the starting point for Observation Point Trail.

Notably, almost right from the beginning, you start climbing. It will be a switchback after switchback, however, slowly you will be gaining elevation.

In fact, you will be able to start enjoying the views fairly shortly after you start.

 

Observation Point

 

HIDDEN CANYON 

 

After 0.7 miles of climbing up the switchbacks, you will reach the junction to the Hidden Canyon Trail.

From here, the trail takes a turn and enters Echo Canyon. You will immediately notice a change of scenery. You are now surrounded by canyon walls.

There are more shady areas and the temperature is much lower at this point. Also, the trail flattens a little as well.

By the way, Echo Canyon is quite beautiful. You will definitely take some great photos of the small slot canyons.

 

Observation Point

Observation Point

Observation Point

 

After 2.1 miles, you will pass a junction that connects to the East Rim Trail. Next, continue through a series of steep zigzags. This will be a final ascent through the upper White Cliff formations.

Right after, you are standing on the rim of the sandy upper plateau.

The last mile is mostly level as the trail heads northwest.

Next, you will pass the last trail junction, which is East Mesa Trail. Subsequently, the trail heads south and there you are! You made it! The view is magnificent with Angels Landing and the valley far below.

 

Observation Point

 

Now, it is time to retrace your steps and get back to Weeping Rock shuttle stop.

 

 

Number 7

Riverside Walk

 

Riverside Walk is an easy trail with little elevation change.

It is perfect for a family stroll, children and it is wheelchair accessible. You will meander along the Virgin River. 

And, here is the magnificent view right at the start of the walk. 

 

Zion

 

Riverside Walk meanders along the Virgin River. And, at every turn, you will be captivated by another breathtaking spot. 

 

Zion

 

So, if you happen to be visiting in the summer on a hot day, then soak your feet in the water for a bit, there are several places that allow an access to the river.

 

Zion

 

Riverside Walk has some great views of the lush hanging gardens.

 

Zion

Zion

 

Riverside Walk Quick Facts

 

  • Distance – 2 miles round trip

 

  • Length of Time – 1 hour

 

  • Elevation Change – mostly flat

 

  • Difficulty Level – Easy

 

  • Access – Temple of Sinawava – number 9 on the map

 

If the weather is good and the water level is safe, then lets start the last hike up the river, which is: the Zion Narrows. Here I am, ready to go:

 

Zion

 

If you rented the shoes and the dry pants, then the hike should be a lot of fun and you will not get cold. Plus, you should have the walking stick for the balance, which will be very handy.

By the way, historically, Riverside Walk was called Gateway to the Narrows.

 

 

Number 8

The Zion Narrows (Option #3)

 

The Zion Narrows is a legendary hike. Notably, you are hiking the Virgin River upstream. In other words, you are hiking the Zion Narrows “Bottom Up”. Sadly, it is the last hike of the day.

In the summer this hike is especially pleasant in the late afternoon, or an early evening when this part of the canyon is out of direct sunlight.

The starting point for this hike is the last stop on the bus shuttle, number 9, Temple of Sinawava. We start with the Riverside Walk, which takes us to the Zion Narrows.

 

Keep in mind that you can alter the length of this hike. Go only as far as you want to go! If you feel like you are getting too cold or too tired, just turn around and go back. This post will provide you with three  options of doing this hike.

 

By the way, I wrote a detailed blog about hiking the Zion Narrows. It has some great pictures that I took along the way. Please refer to it, if you are planning a hike to the Zion Narrows. The blog has everything you need to know to hike the Zion Narrows “Bottom Up”.

 



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Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

 

The Zion Narrows Quick Facts

 

  • Distance – 5 miles one-way
    • Temple of Sinawava to Gateway to the Narrows – 1 mile
    • Gateway to the Narrows to Mystery Falls – .5 mile
    • Mystery Falls to Wall Street – 1.25 miles
    • Wall Street to Orderville Canyon – .25 mile
    • Orderville Canyon to Big Springs – 2.5 miles

 

  • Length of Time  – 3-4 hours

 

  • Elevation Change – mostly flat

 

  • Difficulty Level – moderate to strenuous river hiking (It is a gradual ascent up the river. You are hiking in knee deep to waist deep water)

 

  • Access – Temple of Sinawava – number 9 on the map

 

The Zion Narrows Practical Information

 

Make sure to read my post: Hiking the Zion Narrows – Everything You Need to Know

  • NO PERMIT is required if you are hiking the Zion Narrows ” Bottom Up”

 

  • Weather forecasts need to be taken very seriously. Do not hike the Zion Narrows if there is any kind of rain in the forecast. Flash floods can develop within minutes with a strong, rushing water.

 

  • The Zion Narrows might be closed during the spring months due to snow melt and spring run-off.

 

Three Options of Hiking the Zion Narrows “Bottom Up

 

1. Mystery Falls – Mystery Falls is less than half-a-mile from the Gateway to the Narrows. It is a very beautiful spot where the water falls down the walls. You can stop right at Mystery Falls and retrace your steps.

2. Wall Street –  if you feel like you are able to continue on, then,  it is roughly 1.25 miles from Mystery Falls to Wall Street. Notably, Wall Street starts when the walls narrow and the Virgin River fills the canyon bottom.The scenery is beautiful here.

3. Orderville Canyon – just a few minutes up from the start of Wall Street is the junction with Orderville Canyon coming in on the right. If you have any energy left, or there is enough time then continue on. This section lasts about a mile and is stunning. As the walls begin to open, I would recommend this as the turn around spot.

 

By the way, It will take you 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the junction with Orderville Canyon.

 

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

 

Next, it is time to retrace our steps.

If you rented the equipment for the hike, then make sure to return it on time

 

 

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One Day in Zion National Park

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Now, I want to hear back from you!

Are you planning a day trip to Zion? Or, are you staying in Zion for a few days?

Leave me a quick comment in the comment section right below!

 

Also, click on any of the images below to get inspired and get more ideas for your trip to Zion National Park and Bryce National Park!

 

Comments:

6 thoughts on “How to Spend One Day in Zion National Park


2019-04-24

Fantastic information and gorgeous photos…thanks for sharing!!

    2019-04-24

    Hi Pamela,
    Thank you so much for visiting my website! I appreciate your comment!
    Anna

2019-11-20

I looooved Zion National Park! I’ve been there 5 years ago with friends and we’ve hiked Angels Landing, which was absolutely fabulous!
This year I’ve been in Zion again and wanted to do the Narrows, but in April it wasn’t possible to hike there and almost all of the other trails had been closed because of the hard winter and land slides.

we’ve ended up doing a fantastic trip in the Kalop Canyons section of the park which was supernice as we hadn’t had the time to visit that area the previous time.
Still a little sad that we didn’t have the chance to hike the Narrows! Maybe we gotta come back once more 😉

All the Best,
Christina from https://miles-and-shores.com

    2019-11-20

    Hey Christina!
    Angels Landing is a great hike! I love it.
    Sorry about the Narrows. My daughter is still waiting to get to do this hike. It all depends on the weather. I have no doubt you will experience the Narrows one day!

Catherine
2020-06-30

Thank you for the quick summary of the places to hike in Zion. We plan to go in July and only have one day to hike. Some of us don’t care to hike through the water even though Narrows is so beautiful. And we can’t do Angels Landing due to two little kids with us. What do you recommend for the perfect hiking trail or trails on a hot summer day? Thank you in advance for any tips!

    2020-06-30

    Hi Catherine,
    There are so many family friendly hikes in Zion.
    Check out my post: 10 Staggeringly Cool Hikes in Zion National Park. You will find some great hikes that the entire family can enjoy! I give detailed descriptions of each hike, so you will be well prepared.
    https://intrepidscout.com/family-friendly-hikes-in-zion-national-park/

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