With towering sandstone steeped in orange hues to flowing canyon streams and hanging gardens, Zion National Park is a mesmerizing and diverse desert landscape. Under Canvas Zion is located just 30 minutes from the Springdale entrance to Zion National Park. Here, you can access the Zion Canyon Shuttle (April-October) for a guided tour and hop on and off to explore trailheads and sights like the Grotto, Weeping Rock, and the Temple of Sinawa close to The Narrows. Before you set out for a day brimming with adventure, you’ll need to know what to pack for Zion so you can enjoy your upscale outdoor vacation to the fullest.
What to Pack for Summer in Zion National Park
Summer is the most popular time to visit Zion National Park. During this season, temperatures over 100°F are common, so it’s important to keep cool with lightweight clothing and guard your skin from the sun’s rays. If you’re looking to explore the over 100 miles of trails Zion has to offer, we recommend sticking to early morning or late evening adventures. Beat the heat while hiking The Narrows, Riverside Walk, Weeping Rock Trail, or Lower Emerald Pools trail where you’ll discover a desert oasis flowing with water.
T-shirts / Tank Tops
For optimal comfort during your desert adventures, you’ll want a few t-shirts or tank tops on hand. Try to avoid cotton and opt for a lightweight, moisture-wicking material to keep you dry and comfortable. Guard your skin against the sun with a breathable long-sleeve option.
Lightweight or Zip-off Hiking Pants / Shorts
Lightweight breathable pants are perfect for maneuvering through slot canyons, hiking Canyon Overlook Trail, or Observation Point for a birds-eye view of many of Zion’s top attractions including Angel’s Landing.
It’s all about layers in this desert climate. A lightweight fleece is perfect for early morning adventures and nights spent stargazing around the campfire or in the park. Zion National Park is one of the best places in the country to gaze at the awe-inspiring night sky—ranger-led programs, astronomy lessons, telescopes to see stars and planets will make for an unforgettable stargazing experience. You might even spot the Milky Way if conditions are right.
Sun Hat / Baseball Cap
During the summer months, the sun is at its peak intensity so a hat is key for protecting your face from sunburn.
Comfortable Outdoor Shoes
After a full day of adventure, kick back and relax at Under Canvas Zion where you’ll feel connected with nature more than ever. Bring comfortable tennis shoes or break out those Chaco-like sandals to wear while you unwind and reconnect with your family and friends Outside Together.
Cozy Slippers / Warm Socks
Our safari-style tents stay cozy and warm at night from the natural wood-burning stove and plush bedding, but it’s still a great idea to bring some warm socks or slippers to wear around your tent before bed for extra comfort.
Yoga Leggings or Shorts
Recharge and renew with majestic desert scenery as your backdrop during one of our complimentary yoga sessions. No need to bring your mat, we have lululemon mats and blocks for you to use during programming or at leisure during your stay. If you are looking to pick up some new yoga clothing, stop by our gift shop and pick up some lululemon leggings.
What to Pack for Spring or Fall in Zion National Park
Spring and fall are ideal times to visit Zion National Park. Blooms of wildflowers in late spring draw visitors to marvel at the colorful landscape. Similarly, fall colors in late October paired with clear days and mild nights make for an equally memorable time. Packing layered clothing is recommended no matter what time of year since Zion National Park weather can vary.
Our Under Canvas Zion camp opens in March and closes in November. Many people find spring and fall the best times to visit Zion for warm, sunny days with highs between 60 and 90ºF and cool nighttime temperatures. It’s a good idea to be prepared for the occasional cool and rainy weather that can occur during these months.
Long Sleeve T-shirts
For chillier days exploring the park and for evenings around camp, you’ll want to be armed with a long sleeve t-shirt. Not only will it keep you warm from the cooler temperatures, but it will also guard your skin against the sun during the day.
Sweatpants / Warm Athletic Pants
Instead of shorts, consider packing extra pairs of long pants, or warm athletic pants to wear while you are hiking and especially when roaming around camp at nighttime.
Puffer Jacket / Lightweight Coat / Rain Jacket
Bring an extra warm layer for your spring or fall Under Canvas Zion stay. A lightweight warm jacket (such as a puffer) for chilly mornings and evenings around camp and out on your hikes in this high-elevation desert environment is ideal.
While Zion National Park never receives a lot of precipitation (it’s a desert), a lightweight rain jacket or poncho is good to have on hand for sudden showers.
Wetsuit / Water Shoes / Waterproof Hiking Shoes
During March, April, and October, you may get wet on some hikes. The Narrows, the most popular hike in Zion, requires wading through the Virgin River. In early spring and fall, the water temperature drops, and water levels tend to be higher so sturdy hiking shoes with quality moisture-wicking socks, water shoes, or Chaco-like sandals are a must.
Nights can get chilly especially during the spring and fall, so a warm beanie is nice to have while enjoying locally sourced al fresco dining options, catching up around the campfire, or gazing at the star-studded night sky.
While roasting marshmallows or sipping a glass of wine at the camp’s fire pits you may want a pair of gloves to keep your hands warm.
What to Pack for Zion National Park (Non-Clothing)
Daypack / Small Backpack
Staying hydrated and keeping hunger at bay is important while exploring Zion National Park. Pack a daypack or small backpack with a nutritious camp-prepared lunch, snacks to keep you energized, water, sunscreen, and any extra layers. But remember to leave no trace by packing out what you pack in.
Reusable Water Bottle
Whether you’re hiking, biking, or canyoneering, you’ll want to have a reusable water bottle close by. At Under Canvas, we have a goal to sustain and protect our environment and minimize our impact on our most precious commodity; the great outdoors. For this reason, we do not have bottled water on the property. We have filling stations for you to refill your water bottle for your adventures. If you forgot a water bottle, don’t sweat it, buy one from our lobby tent store.
With incredible geological features, Zion makes for a backdrop like none other. Connect with nature, create memories, and capture the moment. Our camps are wifi-free to amplify your connection with the outdoors but share away when you get home! Tag us on Instagram @undercanvasofficial and Facebook for a chance to be featured.
Sunscreen, long layers, and hats during your outdoor adventures in Zion National Park will prevent the dreaded sunburn. Don’t forget to carry a lip balm with an SPF rating of 15 or higher to keep moisturized and protected. Under Canvas carries Sunbum sunscreen products for purchase at our store tent for your convenience.
Sunglasses are a must in this desert environment. The year-round sun illuminates the glowing rock landscape. Enjoy the stunning views but always make sure to protect your eyes.
*This Zion Packing List is designed for stays at Under Canvas Zion, and exploring nearby Zion National Park during the days. Under Canvas Zion offers an upscale outdoor experience bringing you the comforts of home with a mindful approach.
Many of these items can be bought at the Under Canvas Zion lobby tent store. Be sure to stop by and check out our gear during your stay.