Top 10+ Things to Do In Springdale, Utah

Apr 12, 2016
By: Jake Wilhelmsen


Explore the awesome little town that hosts Zion National Park travelers

Every big destination needs a host city--somewhere to get you fed, watered and rested before you set out on your adventure. Cuzco is basecamp for Machu Picchu, the Acropolis sits above Athens and Zion National Park has Springdale.

Sitting on the southern border of Zion, Springdale, population 529, is more than just a parking lot for the park. It rests in the shadow of the towering red, white and pink striped cliffs that define Southern Utah, essentially an incorporated annex of the park proper, giving you incredible views right from the main drag, aptly named Zion Park Blvd. It's got plenty of entertainment for those of us not quite ready to renounce civilization altogether, and lots of outdoor retailers for those of us who are.

Springdale's the perfect getaway/gateway: Laid back, all the amenities and incredible access to unforgettable adventure.


10. Float the Virgin River

In a big ol' innertube.

Cliffrose Lodge River Tubing - Virgin River

9. O.C. Tanner Amphitheater

Concerts and plays in the shadow of the West Temple.

8. Red Rock Resorts

Springdale has accommodations from camping on up, but some of the resorts are seriously luxurious.

7. IMAX Theater

Movies writ large.

6. Downtown Springdale

Artist studios, galleries, bookstores, great restaurants and a path through town you can bike or run.

Zion Outfitters and Zion Pizza & Noodle Company

5. Ghostly Grafton

Check out a cemetery in a ghost gown at dusk, if you dare.

Grafton Ghost Town

4. Bike Gooseberry Mesa

Choose your own difficulty on dirt and slickrock.

North Rim Trail on Gooseberry Mesa--just west of Zion National Park, Utah

3. Misery Gulch

Because it's more fun than canyoneering Happiness Gulch.

2. Kolob Terrace

A stunning drive to 8,000 feet above sea level.

Kolob Terrace

1. Zion National Park


Zion National Park South Entrance

Lodging for All

3 - star

Majestic View LodgeBumbleberry InnDriftwood Lodge

4- star

Cliffrose Lodge & GardensCable Mountain LodgeDesert Pearl Inn

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Art in the Desert

O.C. Tanner AmphitheaterSymphonyEthnic DancingNat'l park media presentation

Art GalleriesWorthington GalleryZion Canyon OfferingsCanyon Light Images*LeFave Gallery*Seth Hamel Photography**workshops available

Family Friendly

Just like the park, Springdale has plenty to entertain the whole family. Fresh produce and other food at Springdale Fruit Company, fun souvenirs at Indian Village Trading Post, IMAX films at Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theater. Then there's, you know, hiking and stuff.

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