There is something for everyone to enjoy in Zion National Park. The primary activities in the park are sightseeing, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and bicycling.
Hiking in Zion is world-class, and is best during the spring, summer and fall. Zion Canyon has many hikes, ranging from easy to moderate, and from short to long, that will just blow your mind. Kolob Canyons is much quieter and has just as fantastic landscapes along it’s hiking trails. Check out our list of best hikes in Zion for recommendations. Backpacking in the Zion Wilderness is extraordinary if you have multiple days to spend in the backcountry. Trails provide isolation and serenity from the hustle and bustle of the busy day hikes, and give you time and space to fully enjoy your unique surroundings.
Rock climbing is a very popular activity in Zion National Park, with it’s spectacular sandstone cliffs. If you want a up close and personal experience with the walls of Zion, rock climbing is the best option for you. There are tour companies based out of Springdale that will provide equipment and knowledge to enhance your climbing experience. You can read up on the latest route information here.
Lastly, bicycling through the canyon is a popular way to explore Zion National Park. The shuttle buses that operate in Zion Canyon from March to November have bicycle racks on the front, so you can take your bike wherever you like in the canyon. And, there are no cars allowed on the road, so it will just be you and the shuttle buses. Bicycling through the canyon allows you to experience the walls and cliffs above you at your own speed and interest, and lets you see the entire canyon, with the wind whooshing past you.