Driving Itineraries

Regardless of where you start your Zion National Park vacation, you’ll find an exciting scenic route to the park when you follow one of these sample Zion Park maps and itineraries.

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Itinerary: Amarillo, Texas to Zion

Starting in the cowboy history rich town of Amarillo, Texas and making its way through Cadillac Ranch, the Four Corners area, and Monument Valley– this road trip ends in Zion National Park 920 miles later. Read More...

Itinerary: Denver, Colorado to Zion

The Mile High City is the starting point of this 888 mile road trip that makes stops in Grand Junction, Durango, and Mesa Verde National Park. Read More...

Itinerary: Los Angeles, California to Zion

This 455 mile driving itinerary starts in Los Angeles, California and makes its way through Las Vegas on the way to Zion National Park. Read More...

Itinerary: Phoenix, Arizona to Zion

Grand Canyon National Park, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Wupatki National Monument and Meteor Crater are all within easy driving distance of this road trip itinerary. Read More...

Itinerary: Salt Lake City, Utah to Zion

At just over 350 miles, this itinerary is a great road trip through Fishlake National Forest, Southwest Utah, and St. George, Utah, ending at Zion National Park. Read More...

Scenic Drives Beyond Zion Park

Relatively isolated, Zion National Park has few routes to and from the area, but the beauty and varied geology of the region are unmatched. Millions of visitors each year come to Southern Utah for its one-of-a-kind scenery, and the road to Zion is at its heart. Read More...

Scenic Drives Inside Zion Park

The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is a six-and-a-half-mile-long scenic drive that is a must-do on your Zion Park trip. The scenic stretch of road parallels the Virgin River on the floor of Zion Canyon. It is a spectacular drive in Zion National Park and provides stunning views of Zion Canyon. Read More...

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Top Ten Things to do in Zion Park

1. Explore a Slot Canyon

Zion possesses one of the areas richest treasure troves for intrepid explorers willing to match their wits, their legs and their fingers against Mother Nature.

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2. Look for Rock Arches in Utah’s National Parks

These geological phenomena are formed when water percolates through cracks, and it freezes and expands, cracking and carving rock into natural arches.

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3. Delve into Zion History

There are tens of thousands of ruins, artifacts, petroglyphs and pictographs throughout the region. One of the most fun things you can do is find an ancient artifact on your own.

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4. Listen to the Experts

Varied ranger-led programs are meant to inspire and educate visitors of Zion National Park. These varied programs can feature film, slides, and other forms of presentation.

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5. Explore The Narrows

The Narrows are easily accessed by everyone. The hike begins at Temple of Sinawava, then winds along the paved pathway of Riverside Walk to the beginning of the area where the canyon walls narrow.

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6. Watch Wildlife

Utah has some amazing animal populations– big cats, buffalo, bears, and more. With a little persistence you can catch a glimpse of many of Utah’s native residents.

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7. Drive the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway

With switchbacks, slickrock and sweeping views with seasonal waterfalls, the approach has numerous spots where you can pull off the road for a better view or to take a short hike, encapsulating many of the highlights seen elsewhere in this most scenic of areas.

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8. Soak in fabulous scenery

Utah is know for its striking scenery, but Zion stands above the rest. With breathtaking waterfalls, towering cliffs, narrow canyons and numerous water features, it is hard to image a place more beautiful.

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9. Visit a Museum

The Southwest is dotted with small museums set up by an individual or a small group who really wanted to tell people about something. These mini-gems of museums are worth the time and money.

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10. Go Where the Locals Go – Kanab, Snow Canyon, Red Cliffs

With 15 miles of trails through coral-colored Navajo sandstone interspersed with snow white cliffs, dark lava flows and bright red sand dunes, the five-mile Snow Canyon Park draws rock climbers, photographers, spelunkers, RVers and hikers.

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