Zion National Park
Our guests agree that Zion National Park is the place where you will want to spend most of your time whether you are driving through the beautiful scenery, hiking the trails, biking up the canyon, or riding horse back. Regardless of your fitness level, there is something for everyone. Between April and October, the free Zion Park shuttle makes seeing the park convenient and accessible. Pets are not allowed on the shuttle bus. The drivers provide a narrative and share fun facts while you ride through the scenic canyon. The complete round trip takes about 90 minutes. You can get on and off the bus as often as you like to take pictures and walk the trails.
Some of the trails in Zion that are easy for all hikers: Weeping Rock (.5 miles), Riverside Walk (2 miles), or Emerald Pools (2.4 miles). For the more adventurous hikers there is Angels Landing (5 miles), Observation Point (8 miles), or Zion Narrows (ranked fifth on National Geographic’s 100 Best Adventures).
Jumping in the Virgin River after a hike feels great. If you want more time in the water you can rent tubes from a couple of stores in town. It is a fun way to stay cool on a warm afternoon.
Plan to visit the Human History Museum. Exhibits display the rich human history of Zion National Park showcasing American Indian culture, historic pioneer settlement, Zion’s growth as a national park, and the story of the 1.1-mile tunnel on the East Side. A free film that highlights the history of the park is shown every half-hour. For those who are fans of IMAX, visit Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theater for the 45-minute Keith Merrill epic film “Zion Canyon: Treasure of the Gods’” shown on a six story high screen. It is a must-see and a visual thrill ride of the myth, magic, and beauty of Zion canyon and southwest National Parks that might otherwise take a lifetime to experience.
For more adventure and photo opportunities, experience Zion by bicycle. Bring your own or rent one at Zion Cycles in Springdale. Ride from the entrance of Zion on the paved Pa’rus Trail for 1.8 miles then take the shuttle from Canyon Junction stop to the last stop at Temple of Sinawava. Each shuttle has a 2-cycle carrier so you don’t have to ride up the canyon, which can be challenging. There are bike racks at most stops so you can combine cycling and hiking for a full day of adventure. Other trails in the area make this an ideal location for experienced mountain bikers. Gooseberry Mesa has been ranked as one of the 10 Best Rides in the U.S. and offers unparalleled views of Zion. The J.E.M. trail and multiple trails on BLM land are behind our resort for easy access. Directions and more information are available upon check-in.