Zion is one of the most magnificent sites in America's National Park system. Waterfalls, dramatic slot canyons, limestone arches, and red rock canyon walls towering more than 3,000 feet over the tree-lined river valley combine to make Zion an unforgettable experience of natural beauty.
Just south of Zion's main canyon, Highway 9 becomes a scenic switchback road which climbs 800 feet to the Zion Tunnel. An engineering marvel since its creation in 1930, the mile-long tunnel provides convenient access to the east side of the park; an indispensable route when heading to Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell, and other points east.
To the west is the Kolob Canyons entrance to Zion National Park, accessed by Interstate Highway 15. A 45 minute drive from Grant Gulch, this side of the park is just as beautiful and awe inspiring as Zion's main canyon.
Both sides of Zion National Park have many hiking trails with various degrees of difficulty. Some are short and easy walks, while others are challenging crosscountry hikes.
Some recommended hikes:
• Lower Emerald Pool (easy)
• Upper Emerald Pool (moderate)
• Weeping Rock (easy)
• Gateway to the Narrows (easy)
• The Narrows (moderate to difficult)
• Hidden Canyon (moderate)
• Canyon Overlook (easy to moderate)
• Scout Lookout (moderate to difficult)
• Angels Landing (difficult)
• Middle Fork of Taylor Creek (easy to moderate)
Zion hiking guides are available at the Zion Canyon Visitor Centers and on the Zion National Park website. A 7 day Zion car pass costs $25 and can be used to enter other National Parks as well.