Under Canvas’ Zion National Park Travel Guide
Zion National Park is not only a natural gem of Utah and the Southwest, it’s also one of the most diverse places in the United States. Marvelous geological highlights of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert merge to make up the park.
Zion’s centerpiece is its 229-square-mile canyon, which was carved out by waterways millions of years ago. In the canyon and across the park, erosion has revealed colorful walls of Navajo Sandstone, making idyllic outdoor settings look all the more vibrant.
Things to See in Zion
This must-see landmark rewards you with a marvelous view of Zion Canyon. But only if you’re willing to hike 5.4 miles across a strenuous, rocky trail, with steep drop-offs on either side. Don’t worry though, our guided hikes make seeing Angel’s Landing stress-free.
If you’re ready to get your feet wet trekking around Zion, head for The Narrows. There’s nothing more invigorating than splashing through the shallow Virgin River into this small-but-significant gorge, which is the narrowest part of Zion Canyon. A beautiful outdoor amphitheater called The Temple of Sinawava starts the hike. Inside the gorge, walls more than 1,000-feet high tower over the riverbed trail. What a sight, indeed.
Hiking The Narrows during winter, early spring or late fall is possible, but can be more difficult depending on weather. Our Guest Experience Coordinator can give you more advice on hiking during different seasons.
The Great White Throne
One of the biggest thrills of Zion is climbing to the top of The Great White Throne, a majestic mountain carved entirely out of white Navajo Sandstone that towers 2,300 feet above the floor of Zion Canyon. But even if you’re not an expert mountain climber and can’t make it to the top, seeing The Great White Throne glimmer in the sun is a sight to behold.
Emerald Pools Trail
A quick, three-mile walk on Emerald Pools Trail will lead you past various park landmarks to tranquil waterfalls that are fed by three different pools. For a more difficult hike with a better view, climb up to the middle or upper pools and look out over Zion Canyon.
Get off the beaten path by hiking the Kolob Canyons, located in the park’s far northwest corner. These narrow, crimson red gorges form cliff walls more than 2,000 feet high and offer spectacular vistas worthy of a postcard. Because the Kolob Canyons are so remote, they are far less trafficked than other areas, making for a far more relaxing hike.
Things To Do In Zion
Zion National Park is a place that demands to be explored. However, we understand that organizing things to do during your vacation can be stressful. You can stare up in wonder at high canyon walls and cliffs, splash in rivers and walk through waterfalls, or simply savor the views. There are a number of adventures you can explore during your stay at Under Canvas including:
Guided Zion Hiking
Expert guides make hiking around Zion a fun, easy experience that’s tailored to your skill level. They account for proper planning and preparation, so you have time to stop, take a breath, and truly see the sights before your hike is over. Plan your guided adventure to popular sites like The Narrows and Angels Landing or break away from the typical trails by trekking terrain that’s lesser known outside of local circles.
Zion Bike Tour
If hiking isn’t exactly your speed, consider taking a guided bike tour. Whether you like cruising along at your own pace or climbing over technical terrain, they’ll help you find your favorite trail. Compared to most other adventures, pedaling through Zion via bike offers a whole new look at many popular sights.
Zion Jeep Tour
For a high-powered ride through Zion, take a private Jeep tour. Nothing will make you feel more like a rugged adventurer than rolling through Zion, finding hidden treasures and scenery that only expert Jeep guides know about.
Zion Rock Climbing
Tall canyon walls and stunning sandstone makes Zion a top rock climbing destination. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned vet of mountaineering, taking a guided rock climbing outing will be a highlight of your Zion glamping trip.
Zion By Horseback
Walking, biking, jeeping, and climbing aren’t the only ways to explore Zion. Saddle up with professional cowboy guides for an authentic, Old West horseback ride through the park. You’ll see popular sights from a new perspective, at an entirely different pace.
Many areas of Zion are perfect for seeing stars, including the Kolob Canyons in the northwest. But the best place to look up at the night sky is from the comfort of Under Canvas’ own camp. The furnished Stargazer tent has an above-bed viewing window for nighttime stargazing and a private deck for enjoying the views. Like most of our tents, it also has a wood-burning stove, an ensuite bathroom with a hot-water sink and shower, and a plush king-size bed. Read more about our tent options here.
Visit the Gateway to Zion
The small town of Springdale, Utah is considered the “Gateway to Zion.” Under Canvas has all the amenities and comforts you need for an amazing vacation, but a day trip to Springdale adds extra fun.
Enjoy gelato, hand-dipped ice cream, sundaes, smoothies, milkshakes, and even Italian sodas at this funky Springdale general store-turned-ice cream parlor.
This house of homespun chocolates, fudge, and candy is sure to satiate your sweet tooth.
Enjoy Southwestern Art
See local artists channel the free spirit of Southwestern Utah and Zion National Park into unique works of art.
Witness the stunning photos of David J. West and exquisite ornamental pottery from Bill Campbell, who bring Greater Zion to life through the lens and ceramics wheel, respectively.
Shop For Local Gifts
Since 1994, this nifty craft shop has been selling Zion-related wares, like t-shirts with unique designs and other one-of-a-kind trinkets.
This curated boutique features upcycled, handcrafted products from local artisans, including artsy bracelet jewelry, screen printed shirts, fun Zion pendants and postcards, and much more.
Your Zion Glamping Vacation
Beyond giving you an adventure worth a thousand words, Under Canvas offers luxurious canvas tent lodging, on-site dining, coffee crate service, an on-site guest experience coordinator, and camp programming.
Our Zion Guest Experience Coordinator is always available, ready to answer any questions and help suggest some awesome Zion adventures during your stay.
Under Canvas Zion is open March 12 – November 9, 2020.