Lakes, Rivers, and Waterfalls

Water enthusiasts enjoy miles of lakeshore and towering waterfalls at national parks, Lake Powell, and the Flaming Gorge.

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Lakes Worth a Sidetrip

Awe-inspiring lakes outside of Zion National park are worth a side trip for visitors wanting exceptional hiking trails, photography and wildlife viewing. Read More...


Notable Western Rivers

The Colorado River is the father of all western rivers, draining the Colorado River Basin from Canada to Mexico. Read More...


The Many Lakes of Utah

Many of the bodies of water are stocked with trout and abound with large-mouth bass, an invasive species that nevertheless is a favorite of fishermen. But lakes attract people for far more than fishing. Boating, sailing, houseboating, waterskiing, swimming and sunbathing are all popular. Read More...


Virgin & Santa Clara Rivers

Zion is characterized by the flows of the Virgin & Santa Clara Rivers. Read More...


Waterfalls Beyond Zion Park

Turning off I-15 on Hwy. 14 at Cedar City offers another stunning drive on the south end of Cedar Breaks on the Markaguant High Plateau Scenic Byway. The road passes through a summit that reaches 7,910 feet before connecting with I-89. This is a great route if you love water. Read More...

Falls at the Temple of Sinawava

Waterfalls in Zion Park

Somehow, one doesn’t expect the desert terrain of the southwest to be home of some of the world’s most spectacular water features. With mountains on either side (the Sierras and the Rockies) snowfall and rain have to go somewhere. Often it goes deep underground stimulating rumors of fantastic underground freshwater seas and lakes. It also expresses itself in breathtaking and unexpected springs, rivers, seeps, creeks and, of course, dramatic waterfalls. Read More...


Zion Must-Sees

The Zion National Park shuttle buses make stops at all of the main scenic posts in Zion’s main Canyon. Zion Canyon is glorious. Be sure to take the Riverside Walk beside the Virgin River. The walk begins in the Temple of Sinawava and meanders along with the river until it meets the mouth of the Narrows. Read More...

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