Auto Tour: Zion National Park In Utah

Zion National Park
Zion National Park

Located in the American Southwest, two and a half hours east of Las Vegas is one of Utah’s most spectacular scenic wonders; Zion National Park. The park is the southernmost of Utah’s five “Mighty” national parks, is also the state’s most-visited park with over 3.6 million visitors in 2015, making it the nation’s 6th most popular.

Zion National Park East Entrance | Photo: Tom Tash/Chimani
Zion National Park East Entrance | Photo: Chimani

Fifteen miles long and up to a half-mile deep, Zion Canyon is the centerpiece of Zion National Park, a spectacular gorge cut through the Navajo sandstone by the Virgin River. Dramatic rock formations in ever-changing colors abound, from the steep-walled Narrows to the majestic and magisterial Court of the Patriarchs. Scenic drives feature countless vistas, but hiking the park’s many well-marked trails is the best way to experience this beautiful park’s hidden canyons and meet its diverse wildlife.

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Entering Zion Canyon is a journey into the distant past, surrounding visitors with multicolored formations of 240-million-year-old rock as they plunge 2,000 feet down to a claustrophobic riverbed just 20 feet wide in places.

Auto Tour Zion National Park | Photo: Tom Tash/Chimani
Auto Tour Zion National Park | Photo: Chimani

Convenient to Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon, this popular Utah park also features a striking desert landscape of arches, mountains, buttes, mesas, and monoliths. Zion Canyon can be accessed by the 6.2-mile Zion Canyon Scenic Drive; visitors are shuttled from the park visitor center to eight stops, including trails to the popular Emerald Pools. At road’s end is the trailhead of the one-mile Riverside Walk, permitting visitors to follow the river through a narrow section of Zion Canyon. Beyond the paved path, hikers can walk or wade into the Zion Narrows. A separate visitor center is located at Kolob Canyon, which has its own five-mile scenic drive; here you’ll find the trail to Kolob Arch, whose 310-foot span makes it one of the largest freestanding rock arches in the world.

Plan for your visit with the Arches National Park travel guide by Chimani, available in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and online.