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!

We have created a list of Zion National Park vacation ideas that include travel guides, packing checklists, tips and resources to plan your getaway!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR ZION NATIONAL PARK

To get the most out of visiting this park, we want to help you know what to pack for Zion National Park.

Hiking Shoes & Socks

Avoid injuries from improper footwear when hiking. Don’t wear smooth-soled shoes and opt instead for the sturdy shoes with ample tread.

→ Check out the hiking shoes and socks we love: 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).

→ We use hydration packs or carry reusable water bottles in our packs.

Also eat plenty of healthy snacks and food.

Remember it’s just as easy to become dehydrated in the cold as it is in the heat so carry plenty of water during the winter, and not just during the summer.

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 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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