Zion National Park Itinerary

Zion Auto Tour (3 Days- 2 Nights)

Drive through the three main sections of Zion National Park: Kolob Canyon, Zion Canyon, and Zion Terrace. All three are very scenic and have many hiking opportunities.

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Day 1

Begin on your way to Springdale, the south entrance to Zion National Park.

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Kolob Canyon Area

If you are traveling from Salt Lake City on I-15, just 20 miles south of Cedar City is the Kolob Canyon Area of Zion National Park. There is a 10 mile scenic drive through the canyon that is well worth taking the time to drive.

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Auto tour Hwy 9 (2-3 hours)

Drive the main highway through Zion National Park, up through the mile-long tunnel and east into the park's Checkerboard Mesa area. Pick up a map and guide as you enter the park.

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Canyon Overlook stop (1 hour)

This short (1 mile round trip) hike on a well-marked trail leads to an overlook offering incredible views of lower Zion Canyon. It is rated as 'moderate' because the trail surface is uneven. There is little elevation change. The trailhead is at the parking lot just beyond the east entrance to the mile-long tunnel.

Day 2

Explore Zion Canyon (2-3 hours)

Cars are not allowed up Zion Canyon between May and November. Jump onto the park shuttle right outside your motel door in Springdale; ride the shuttle into Zion Canyon. Get out at each shuttle stop to view and photograph the sights, and to hike.

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Day 3

Check out of Accommodations

Drive Zion's Kolob Terrace (3 hours)

This drive follows a backroad through a very scenic part of Zion National Park that is not usually seen by tourists. The road is paved but narrow, windy and steep in spots. It takes you up a mountain and into a lush forest, at the base of Zion's trademark pastel-colored monoliths.

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