Zion National Park

The most popular places to visit in Utah is Zion National Park!

Zion’s steep red cliffs create a wonderland for outdoor adventure.

It’s an amazing place to see by car along the scenic drives and explore on foot on the many hiking trails.

And the striking landscape is a photographer’s dream!

Use our Zion National Park travel guide, packing checklists, tips and resources to plan your getaway!

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Hiking Shoes & Socks – Don’t wear smooth-soled shoes and opt instead for the sturdy shoes with ample tread. We like:  Merrell Moab hiking shoes |  Oboz hiking shoes |  Darn Tough socks

Hydration and Food – Southern Utah is a desert climate at high altitude. You should drink at least one gallon of water per day, and always carry water with you during all hiking activities (water is available at the Zion National Park Visitor Center and shuttle stops 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9). Carry hydration packs,  reusable water bottles and healthy snacks!

Lip Balm and Lotion – Utah’s high elevation and dry air can be hard on your skin so we always carry lip balm with sunscreen and hydrating lotion to apply as needed when we’re out exploring the trails.

Clothing – Summers in the park mean soaring temperatures, unrelenting sunlight, and low humidity. To keep cool, wear light colored, loose fitting clothing that does not absorb sunlight. Also avoid sun burn by wearing a wide brimmed hat and by generously applying sunscreen to any parts of your body that are exposed to the sun. During the winter, be sure to wear the right winter clothing to stay dry and warm.

National Parks Pass – Before you visit Zion National Park be sure to pack your The America the Beautiful Annual Pass. Yes, the National Park Pass is a good deal!

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Angels Landing Permit Information

On and after April 1, 2022, hikers going to Angels Landing will need a permit. The National Park Service (NPS) will issue permits using online lotteries at Recreation.gov.

Visitors can get a permit by entering seasonal lotteries or a different lottery the day before their planned hikes. It will cost $6 to enter any of the lotteries and successful permit holders will pay a $3 per person fee. These funds will cover costs to manage the lotteries and for additional NPS rangers who will assist visitors and check permits on the trail. Learn when and how to enter the lotteries at go.nps.gov/AngelsLanding.

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