When it comes to things to do in Zion National Park, here are some activities every would-be adventurer should know. The unique settings in Zion bring hikers from all over the world, while the rock climbing is considered some of the best in the Western United States.
For those not so physically inclined, there’s also the possibility of exploring all that the park has to offer astride a horse. Whether you’re lazed for contemplation or primed for action, Zion will not disappoint.
Hiking is probably the most popular activity in Zion, with most visitors going during the spring and summer months. There are specific areas that are the stars of the hiking circuit and number among the Zion National Park top attractions. The Narrows lies between two sheer cliffs and the hike is almost all through water. The Subway is a slot of canyon that looks like its been bored by a rock-eating worm. Most famous is the second longest natural bridge in the world, Kolob Arch, the reward at the end of a seven-mile hike.
Zion National Park is also a rock-climbing destination. The sheer cliffs are short enough to not intimidate, but all pose challenges enough to attract serious climbers. Moonlight Buttress is one of the more challenging cliffs in the park and brings the undaunted and the heavily geared. Spaceshot is easier for beginner climbers, though it still requires serious equipment, deep respect for the cliff, and an experienced guide. Somewhere in between these two climbs in difficulty is Prodigal Son, a sheer face of solid rock wall not for the faint of heart.
Guided horseback riding is available April to November. Many of the nature trails that are followed on horseback go through quiet streams that trickle through mighty cuts of rock. Horseback riding is a great way to explore Zion without the commitment of gear or peak physical performance, making it an ideal way to see the sites with younger kids or older parents.
So there it is for some things to do in Zion National Park. Hiking can be strenuous fun requiring walking poles as you wade through murky waters. Rock climbing in the park attracts both the brave beginner and its own special brand of aficionado. For those daunted by the prospect of either, guided horseback riding brings you the park and all its glory without as much of the perspiration. Now get out there and live.