What to Do for Fun
Southern Utah has a wide variety of activities for every kind of adventurer. Within and around the park itself you'll find guided tours, hiking, rock climbing mountain biking river rafting, jeep tours, canyoneering, horseback riding, helicopter rides, shopping, dining, and more. In the surrounding area, there are many recreational areas including Sand Hollow State Park, Quail Lake, Red Cliffs, Brian Head, and several mountain reservoirs. These areas contain lakes, sand dunes, hiking and biking trails, camping, skiing, and ATV trails.
Zions Tiny Oasis itself is nestled on the west side of Zion Park near North Creek, and many mountain biking trails are to be found just to the south. Just up the road are a few free hikes that lead to beautiful caves and ancient petroglyphs. Also nearby are the trailheads for the famous Subway and West Rim hikes. Further on up the road is the Kolob reservoir. Check out our more detailed list below of some of our favorite activities in the area.
There is no better way to experience the intimate beauty of Zion than on horseback. With many trails and areas to choose from, there are two companies that offer horseback riding near Zion. These are:
Jacobs Ranch - located in Virgin, UT
Canyon Trail Rides - located in Springdale, UT
Southern Utah has some of the best mountain biking around. Not only does it host the Red Bull Rampage every year, but it has an endless list of trails for every level of mountain biker. Check out the following websites for trail names and locations (most of which are quite close to us!)
Zion is best know for its hiking experience. The park is very much built around hiking trails. From the famous Angels Landing to the Narrows, there is a hike for everyone. Visit the park website at www.zionnationalpark.com to find out more.
One of our favorite activities in Zion and certainly one of the most breathtaking is to take a tour in a helicopter to see the beauty and grandeur of the park from above. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience, and we highly recommend it. It is however, a bit more expensive, but if you have the budget, its a must see. Below is our preferred, and currently the only company that offers this tour.