If you’ve never been to Zions National Park, don’t let the crowds keep you away. There is a reason it’s crowded. It’s AMAZING!
Peak times are: Memorial Day (last Monday in May), Easter week (date varies – usually in April), Labor Day (first Monday in September), and Utah Education Association break (October).
This is a short easy hike that is paved with stairs to a deck area to check out the rock that is weeping.
This is a must do! Don’t let the chained area keep you away. Even if you get to the top and decide the chained area isn’t for you, the hike up to that point is still amazing. The best part is Walters Wiggles which is a section of switch backs that are a site to see.
Lower Emerald Pools and Upper Emerald Pools are listed as two separate hikes, but I recommend doing it as one hike. This is such a fun hike. You will see pools, a wall of water (watch your step, it can be slippery), stepping stones and winding trails. You will not be disappointed.
This hike is found on the east side of the tunnel (you have to drive through the tunnel during your visit). Parking lot is on the right side of the road and usually crowded, so come early. Cross the street to the trail head and don’t forget your camera. The view is spectacular!
The Narrows (Bottom Up)
Take the Zions shuttle to the last stop, Temple of Sinawava. Hike in as far as you like and turn around at any time. You will be hiking through water, and over slick rocks so wear appropriate shoes. In spring the water will be colder from the snow melt. This is a great hike in the hot summer months and definitely less crowded in the fall, when water is lower.
A nice evening stroll along the Virgin River. Bike, dog, and wheelchair friendly.
Now, Go. See. Do.