Zion National Park
Zion National Park
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  • Linda N
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be there early and expect to move around slowly
    The views are great. Be prepared for crowds. Be in the park by 8 am to try for Visitors Center parking. The shuttles can take awhile to move around through the park. It’s easy to see what the goal is, to eliminate personal cars and protect the park, but the shuttle system is slow. With a few of the trails closed, one trail intended for families was redirected to another much more difficult and scary trail. It was so crowded, people were carrying crying toddlers and the trail was full of people in flip flops on rocky narrow places designated as ‘don’t fall off the cliff”.. So be sure to read updates and check the trail descriptions.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
  • jjhumphrey02
    Belvidere, Illinois26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heaven on Earth
    Zion National Park…beautiful, stunning, magical. It is all of the best adjectives and more. We wanted to hike The Narrows but it was closed so we hiked the Upper Emerald Pools. The hike took us about 3 hours round trip because we took the long way back(we got lost) because there was a bridge closed. The hike was more beautiful than the pool itself though. The pool was pretty dry and no waterfall which was a bummer. We had to take many stops along the way because I had to look down while walking so I wouldn’t lose my footing and fall off the cliff. It was also busy so there were many times where we had to wait for hikers to come through. It was hot…very hot but it was all worth it. Wish we could have done more. We ended up going to the lodge for an 8 dollar beer afterwards😲. The shuttle system was fantastic and there is a map that explains the hikes as far as difficulty. We parked in Springdale and we were close enough to walk to the park to grab the shuttle. We went to Bryce the day before and we drove through Zion on the way back to our rental house on the scenic Highway. It will seriously blow your mind.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, Iowa2,462 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of our beautiful National Parks
    Awesomely beautiful walls of stone in Zion National Park. My second visit here. I would definitely return to hike some different trails. The hiking is wonderful in this beautiful place. I recommend the Canyon Overlook, Riverwalk Trail, West Rim Trail, Emerald Pools trail. Take the free Zion shuttle to the scenic drive for many of the hikes. I think it would be fun to stay in the Lodge in the future. One of our beautiful National Parks!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Elizabeth B
    Los Angeles, California159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awe inspiring!
    The park is gorgeous and well worth visiting. The surroundings are awe-inspiring and the beauty really can't be captured in a photo. No doubt it was crowded which is unavoidable during the summer. We went early and still had to wait to enter the park and the attendant told us there might not be any spaces left for our car but we got lucky. The best time to go would be first thing in the morning when it's not as hot. We started with the Riverside Walk to The Narrows and it was quite cool as it's entirely shaded but the other hikes are fully exposed so bring a hat!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • CDTrip72
    Arlington Heights, Illinois248 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful but Disney-like Crowds
    We drove in from Bryce Canyon and started through the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. It’s a beautiful road but you need to be patient as there could be long lines to get through the entrance station (it was just 5 minutes when we arrived but when we left, looked like at least an hour wait). Also, there was a backup going into the tunnel as it turns into a one-way road for larger vehicles. It’s important to note that during the main travel season, you can’t drive on the scenic drive (where most of the main attractions are) unless you are staying at the Zion Lodge. So, in most cases, you end up taking a shuttle bus and while they do run often, they can be full. The visitor center parking lot is huge but still fills up quickly as many people will park there and then take the shuttle. In fact, on the day we left, we were there at 11 AM and a person saw us walking out of the visitor center and asked if were leaving, and then asked if it was ok to follow us and stand in our spot as people were just circling the lot. In many cases they will just close the lot and then you have to park in Springdale and then take a shuttle to the main shuttle. As for the park itself, judging from the parking lot, it’s not that popular but it’s worth spending an hour at the Zion Human History Museum. It has a nice movie that talks about the park, and it’s on the shuttle route so you can park there to avoid the craziness at the Visitor Center. While Angels Landing and The Narrows get most of the attention (we didn’t do it as we didn’t have a permit for Angels and Narrows was closed), there are a few simple trails I would really recommend like Weeping Rock, Court of the Patriarch’s (this really isn’t a trail as you can do it 5 minutes), and Riverside Walk. We also did Emerald Pools and unfortunately the main trail to it was closed, but there is a harder alternative route at Angels Landing we took. Overall while the park is very popular and you have to be patient, it’s definitely worth going to and should spend at least two days.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Nancy U
    Altamonte Springs, Florida1,501 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful park with lots of hiking trails
    We went here the weekend of July 4th. Yes it was hot and busy. Upon approaching the entrance we saw lots of cars parked along the road so we assumed it was full and paid the $20 to park. Then we learned it wasn’t and had to pay an additional $35 for our family to enter. Check the parking in the park and save. The shuttle service is great to get around. We went to hike to the Emerald Pools but could only got there and turn around. It is a little difficult for a beginner with not the right shoes but very enjoyable. Would love to go back when not as crowded.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • John D
    Virginia5 contributions
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    Early morning viewing
    We arrived around sunrise which afforded us some spectacular views of the sun hitting the top of the peaks. The shuttle bus through the park gave us an overview and we plotted our return to specific spots on another shuttle bus. We walked a trail (easy) for a view of a waterfalls from behind and below the falls. Since we started early in the morning, we were finished before the crowds arrived. Definitely worth a return trip.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • SAROJA R
    Hamilton, New Jersey176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfection and Nature's gift to humans
    This is one of the most majestic parks I have visited. The drive from the AZ border to UT is amazing and i am in awe of all the rock structures on the way. The park is gorgeous, well maintained and organized. There is an entrance fee of $35/vehicle but if you have a senior pass, it free and a yearly pass cost to visit any national park is just $10. We went on a Sunday and there was a good crowd but ample parking. There was a shuttle taking us to the very top and we could hop off and back in at any time. Each sector was gorgeous and defenitely worth hiking. We were also allowed to drive up the mountain and thru the tunnel and turn back and retrace our steps. It's gorgeous and you should visit this park more than one single time to enjoy it's beauty. A must see.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Travelin41126
    Casa Grande, Arizona327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the top NP parks in the country
    On both of our visits, my wife and I have walked the scenic-drive route from the far end (station 9) until we got tired and needed a ride back to the visitor's center. It's an intimate experience with the canyon, a electric bicycle There is little parking available inside the park, so you best bet is to suck it up and be prepared to pay $20 in Springdale. Springdale operates a "free" shuttle to take you into the park. I put free in quotes because they nail you for $20 to park. Geez, they better offer a free shuttle. But based on observation, an electric bicycle looks like an attractive option because you can cover the entire canyon vice just a portion of it. I don't know the cost to rent, but it's something you should seriously consider.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 13, 2023
  • dianek12345
    South Brunswick, New Jersey1,283 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous park
    Do NOT go during July 4th weekend. We stood in line for 2 hours to get the shuttle into the park. Plus there was NO parking in the visitor's center as it filled up way too early. However, it's a gorgeous park. We were able to walk the Narrows a bit (always get a walking stick and water shoes as the rocks are wobbly in the river) and go up to Weeping rock. But the heat was almost unbearable. We took plenty of water but had to keep refilling.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
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potatochip1
Cincinnati, OH160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Zion National Park is a short drive if you fly into Las Vegas. This part of the country is different from all the other parts of America. You want to hike the Narrows. It is the last stop when taking the shuttle bus. It is really popular and parking can be hard to find after 7:00 am during the summer months. It is well worth the visit.
Written June 23, 2024
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Julien Gaudet
Montreal, Canada21 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Couples
Zion national park was by far my worst experience at any national park. It’s an overcrowded nightmare. Natural beauty marred by an uncontrolled tide of people. Before they implement some sort of limit on the number of visitors at a time, this place can’t be a pleasant experience.
Written June 21, 2024
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DWathenYoungstown_OH
Youngstown, OH300 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Couples
We have been going to Zion NP since 1993. Monday, June 17th we entered from the east entrance at about 10 AM. It is about eight miles to the visitors center and there are numerous pull-out and small parking areas near the hiking trails. Every one was full with many cars parked in the road. The Mt. Carmel tunnel had some construction nearby and there was a line of cars going west that went on for over a mile. When we go to the shuttle parking area every parking spot was taken (over one hundred) and the line to get on the shuttles had hundreds of tourists lined up to get on a bus. It was nearly 90 degrees. We decided to skip the disaster as we had seen the canyon before. The park is out of control and I fear only a reservation system will alleviate the gridlock. Yosemite and Glacier NP's are doing this and Zion should strongly consider it. It is sad to travel thousands of miles and be faced with this mess.
Written June 21, 2024
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lmorgan138
Dayton, OH301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Wow, what a beautiful park.
Currently I am on a national parks quest and I have to say that this park was beautiful. This was our first stop of the mighty five. I can say that it was crowded and hot. But our country is in a heat wave currently.
We did the Canyon overlook trail and it was very pretty. There is a big climb of steps, then it levels off some and then a bit more of a climb to the overlook. The canyon lay before you in all it's splendor.
The drive through the mile long tunnel was pretty cool.
The scenic drive is not accessible unless you take the shuttle during the summer months unless you are staying at the lodge. So be prepared. But the other roads were very pretty.
Written June 20, 2024
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jimichongaJC
Stevensville, MT671 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Outstanding visuals at Zion, but all are from the Virgin River canyon base unless you're willing to take a serious hike. Angels Landing hike requires a permit, but in summer weather the heat will be objectionable regardless of skill. I found that all of the base hikes along the river were plagued by horseflies which definitely impacted the enjoyment. Nonetheless, I highly recommend taking the Narrows hike. I also recommend early morning access (6:30 - 7:00) as parking fills quickly and summer heat ramps quickly. The shuttle service is frequent and the only way to get to the remotest points of the park. Plan to arrive early, park at thew visitor's center and ride the shuttle top the Sinavawa endpoint and work your way back the 9 shuttle stops to the visitor's center again. Note that water fill is available at most stops, but the food/beverage options are quite limited, so be prepared!
Written June 12, 2024
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Tom R
0 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Don't take the shuttle unless you plan to get out and do some outdoor viewing and/or hiking. The windows aren't big enough to let you look up at the mountains. We were awed by the natural beauty as we drive from St. George to Zion, but disappointed as we took the shuttle into the park itself. Also, don't go on a hot day if your plan is to stay cool, because when you get to the top, they force you out - you can't just stay in and go back down - and you have to wait in a long line for the bus to get back down to the visitors' center.
Written June 8, 2024
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Courtney M
Oceanside, CA66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
It was really beautiful! Parking was tricky at the visitors center, although signs outside the parking advertised parking full and to park in Springdale. We ended up finding parking near nature center not too far from the visitors center. We listened to a great geology ranger talk led by Ranger Kelsie. And the junior ranger program was super fun for my 9 year old!
Written June 2, 2024
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PlusSizeAdventurer
Arizona6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Zion, you can drive through it and end up on the other side of UTAH. The walls of rock are AMAZING to see, their height is truly breathtaking. Certain months you can drive through by yourself in your vehicle but most months you'll be on a FREE shuttle that you can get off and on at any point. Zion does have a restaurant and shops inside park. You can do a lot here if you are able to get on and off the buses, if not go during a month you can drive through. The mile long tunnel is just bewildering to think back to when and how it was built through the mountains. There are PLENTY of HIKES but also PLENTY to do with minimal walking and there is paved walkways. Another DONT MISS OUT. We were able to get to see a RAM or LONG HORN GOAT run by... ENJOY this park all year round, just be careful during snowy months. Storms roll in quickly there.
Written June 1, 2024
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Russianbird
0 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Such a beautiful place! We have visited it quite a few times but this time was not so much fun.
Absolutely no place to park the car so we parked outside the park. After walking back to the shuttle area we boarded a bus that is packed with people and trying to view the park beauty is close to impossible. Why the park service purchased this type of vehicle is mind boggling. We will need to eliminate traveling to this park until better transportation is provided.
Written May 29, 2024
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Madonna N
Salt Lake City, UT0 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Words and pictures cannot do this park justice.
We did a drive through and pulling off at some of the look outs to take more pictures and explore.
You could spend hours here and never see it all.
There are many trails available for all skill and athletic abilities.
A must if in the area. We are going back again this week to tackle some trails.
Written May 29, 2024
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