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4 Best Ways to Explore the Beauty of Zion National Park

red rock cliffs in Zion National Park in Utah
May 23, 2023

There are many perks of visiting Southern Utah, including being able to explore the gorgeous natural scenery in the area. From the red rock cliffs to the beautiful lakes, there are so many things to see when you are in St. George. One of the most popular places to visit is Zion National Park, which was the first national park in Utah. When you visit, there are all sorts of outdoor activities for the entire family. Here are 4 of the best ways to explore the beauty of Zion National Park:

1. Hike the Trails

Three Marys in Zion National Park

There are so many wonderful hiking trails in and around St. George, many of which are located in the park. The good news is that there are many trails to choose from, making it easy to find one that matches what you are looking for. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned hiker, there is always something to explore when you visit the park. Two of the trails that we recommend are Canyon Overlook Trail and The Watchman Trail. Both of these hikes are great for those looking for fabulous views and plenty of excitement!

2. Canyoneering Adventure

One of the most thrilling and unique ways to explore the beauty of Southern Utah is by trying out canyoneering. This is an exciting outdoor activity that combines route finding, rappelling, problem-solving, swimming, and hiking all in one! Zion National Park has become one of the most premier places in the entire country to participate in this amazing adventure. With dozens of different canyons to explore, the park offers trips for beginners and experiences requiring advanced technological skills.

3. Enjoy a Bike Ride

mountain biking trail in St. George Utah

Southern Utah is home to some of the best mountain biking trails that you can ride 365 days a year! Each year, thousands of bikers visit the area to explore the trails and take in the scenic views of the area. While there are biking trails in several of the state parks around Southern Utah, Zion National Park is also known for its riding opportunities. Whether you are looking for a quick ride or an all-day excursion, there are trails of all lengths and for all skill levels to choose from. A couple of the best trails in the national park include Pa’rus Trail and the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. If you need to rent a bike, we have teamed up with Ride On , who will drop off your mountain bikes right at your vacation rental when you stay with us!

4. Horseback Riding

For those looking for a less strenuous way to explore the beauty of the mountains, horseback riding is a fun activity that is sure to be a highlight of your St. George vacation. Canyon Trail Rides offers an excursion that takes you on horseback right through the national park, with stops at the Three Patriarchs, the Beehives, and the beautiful cactus gardens. There is also a peaceful 1-hour ride option that follows right along the Virgin River. With beautiful scenes around every turn, you will adore this wonderful guided horseback riding adventure!

Now that you know about all the ways to explore Zion National Park, be sure to check out the other state and national parks to visit during your stay with us! We hope you enjoy your next vacation to gorgeous Southern Utah!