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A Weekend in Zion National Park

Utah is home to many amazing outdoor gems with one of the most famous being Zion National Park. The views, hikes, and colors of Zion are unforgettable and it should definitely be on your bucket list destinations. 

Visitor center at Zion national park


The closest airport is a 2.5 hour scenic drive from Las Vegas (LAS) or 4.5 hour drive from Salt Lake City (SLC). Be sure to stop at the Valley of Fire State Park if you are making this drive from Las Vegas.  

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There is no bad season to enjoy Zion National Park as each brings its own unique features and perks. 

Summer- the most crowded but the best time to do one of the most popular likes, the narrows, a canyon hike through the Virgin River. This water can be very cold other times of the year. 

Spring / Fall - best time for milder temperatures and colors which are perfect if you plan to do a lot of camping or long hikes. 

Winter - the least popular time to come makes this a bonus plus catching the contrasting snowfall colors on the rocks is quite a sight to see.

Backpacker taking in the views of Zion national park


If you are coming to camp there are plenty of campsites but be sure to come or book early to reserve your spot. 

If camping isn't your thing, check out the SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Located perfectly just outside of the park, you can “camp” in the park while enjoying your A/C, shower, and bed! Plus, it doesn’t hurt to enjoy a pool after a long day of hiking. 

Other good nearby hotels which you can stay at and utilize credit card/ hotel points are the Hampton Inn or La Quinta Inn and Suites in Springdale. 


There are so many gorgeous hikes and vista points in Zion. 

The Narrows 

Angels Landing 

Observation Point 

Pine Creek Waterfall 

Slot canyons of the narrows hike in Utah
Girl hiking through water in the narrows trail of Zion national park


If you are planning to the Narrows hike, be sure to bring a pole and water shoes. This trek can be much easier if you have the right equipment.

Water Shoes (protect your toes and give you grip for the hike):

Hiking Poles for the narrows and any hike:

If you are staying outside the park or driving in for a day trip, be sure to get to the entrance early as parking is very limited in the spring/summer seasons. 

If you are driving from Las Vegas, be sure to keep in mind the time difference as you may get to the park an hour later than you anticipated. 


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