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Zion National Park


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Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
6 miles. Short drive along the canyon floor. Be prepared for hazardous driving conditions during and immediately following storms. Icy spots remain through the winter. Open to private vehicles during the period from November through March. Accessible the rest of the year via the Zion Canyon Shuttle only. Rt. 9, which traverses the park from east to west, is open year-round to private vehicles.

Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway
10 miles. Steep drive up switch–backs and through tunnels to Checkerboard Mesa. See large vehicle restrictions on page 8. Be prepared for hazardous driving conditions during and immediately following storms. Icy spots remain through the winter.

Kolob Terrace Road
14 miles. Steep drive to the high country. Not recommended for long vehicles. The road is plowed 14 miles north of Virgin, Utah. The rest of the road is closed by snow.

Kolob Canyons
5 miles. Scenic drive skirting the Kolob ''finger canyons.'' The road is plowed in winter but may be temporarily closed during storms or snow plowing.

Short walks around 1 hour

Lower Emerald Pool
Easy walk to a waterfall. Shuttle stop: Zion Lodge or The Grotto
Weeping Rock
Self-guiding walk to a spring and ''hanging garden.'' Shuttle stop: Weeping Rock
Canyon Overlook
Self-guiding walk to a canyon viewpoint. Very hot by late morning. Shuttle stop: Not on shuttle loop

Longer hikes
Angels Landing Trail: Strenuous 2.5 mi hike to a panoramic viewpoint. This trail is not recommended for anyone fearful of heights. Shuttle stop: The Grotto
Zion Narrows: Up to 60% of the hike is walking in the (shallow) Virgin River, that carved an approx. 600 m (2,000 ft) deep canyon into the stone. Sometimes as narrow as 5-10 m (15-30 ft). Check with the visitor center for current conditions. It's a day trip and strenuous. Swimming may be required.
Riverside Walk: A popular short hike, approx. 1,6 km (1 mi) along the Virgin River. Starting point: Temple of Sinawava; great canyon views. Takes mostly 1-2 hours.



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