There are so many things to do near Zion National Park for anyone who enjoys hiking, biking, canyoneering, landscape photography and more!
Use our Zion National Park travel guide to know what to pack, where to stay and what to expect when visiting this park and the surrounding area.
Create your daily itinerary with this list of exciting activities you can do near Zion National Park.
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National Park Packing List
When you are visiting US National Parks it is important to be prepared. This includes wearing the proper clothes and shoes to be comfortable for the climate and the terrain.
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- Merrell Moab hiking shoes or Oboz hiking shoes
- Darn Tough hiking socks
- Water – carry a hydration pack or a refillable water bottle in your backpack
- Healthy food that’s portable and filling!
- Columbia fleece jacket
- Wicking, quick-drying clothing
- Lip balm with UV protection
- Sun protection – sunscreen (even in the winter) and a sunhat
- UV sunglasses are good for summer and winter
- Travel hand sanitizer
- Flashlight or headlamp
- US National Park travel guides and maps
- First aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Camera gear – DOWNLOAD the free checklist!
Zion National Park Activities
If you enjoy the outdoors and amazing landscape scenery, then this list of Zion National Park activities will help you plan your time here. Make sure you’re familiar with the Zion National Park shuttle since it runs spring, summer and fall and the last week of December.
- Zion National Park hikes
- Zion hikes without the shuttle
- Zion National Park photography
- Zion National Park scenic drives
- Horseback riding
- Ranger-led Activities
- River Trips
Activities and Things to Do Near Zion National Park
Here’s a list of things to do around the Zion National Park area:
Kolob Terrace Road
This is one of the Zion National Park scenic drives west of Zion Canyon. It’s a FREE section of the park and a great way to get away from the crowds. You’ll find short hikes, backcountry hikes, the Kolob Reservoir and stunning landscape views of the backside of Zion to the east as well as sweeping views to the west.
Grafton Ghost Town
The Grafton Ghost Town is a fun historic location to visit. It’s just a few minutes from Springdale. You’ll see a school house, a few homes, a cabin and the cemetery. Note that the dirt road to access the town may be impassable when wet.
Bryce Canyon is 73 miles from Zion and takes around 1 1/2 hours to drive there along Highway 89.
We recommend you plan at least a full day, if not two, to really see and explore the park. Use our Bryce Canyon travel guide to plan a vacation to explore this scenic National Park in Utah:
- Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive
- Bryce Canyon Hikes
- Tourist Attractions in Bryce Canyon
- Bryce Canyon Activities
- Bryce Canyon Views
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is open year-round, seven days a week, during daylight hours. It’s 40 miles from Springdale takes a little over an hour to drive there.
The dunes were formed by the erosion of the nearby colored sandstone cliffs. Here are fun activities you can do at the park:
When you picture US Southwest vacation ideas, the small town of Kanab has it all! From Springdale, Kanab is 43 miles away and takes about an hour to drive there. It’s amazing all the things you can do in this area, so you may want to plan a day or two to stay in this quaint town!
Hiking and slot canyons near Kanab:
- Belly of the Dragon
- Buckskin Gulch
- Moqui Caverns
- Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon TOUR
- Sand Dune Arch
- The Toadstools
- The Wave – Permit Required
More fun things to do near Kanab:
- Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
- Little Hollywood Museum
- Moqui Cave Museum
- Old Pariah
- White Pocket – we LOVED our overnight tour with Dreamland Safari Tours!
More Things to Do Around Zion:
- Horseshoe Bend
- Lake Powell
- North Rim of the Grand Canyon
- Pipe Spring National Monument
- Red Cliffs Desert Reserve
- Sand Hollow State Park
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Where to Stay Near Zion National Park
You definitely want to stay in Springdale which borders the entrance to Zion.
- Holiday Inn Express – our favorite place to stay with an outdoor pool and amenities you’d find in a high end hotel
- Zion Lodge – we haven’t had a chance to stay here yet, but you can’t go wrong staying right IN the park!
- Under Canvas Zion – if you want to experience a less crowded part of Zion, this is the place! It’s in the Kolob section of the park.
- Vacation Rentals in Springdale – you’ll want to stay in Springdale so you’re close to the park entrance and can walk to shopping and restaurants.
Resources for camping near Zion: