Just when you thought your must-see-before-I-die list as all set, along comes Zion National Park. Travel is about dreaming big, and your bucket list is about to get a serious overhaul because Zion National Park is one of those underrated getaways that can’t be captured within the confines of a post card, nor is it done justice in a photograph. This geologically and geographically unique area is a kaleidoscope of colors, dotted with sandstone canyons everywhere you look, high plateaus and freestanding arches for you to explore, and rock towers so high, Manhattan skyscrapers would blush. Zion National Park is the perfect place to spend a long weekend, with a never-ending list of things to do, so if you’re stuck for ideas, here’s how to spend a long weekend in Zion National Park:
Nature is plentiful throughout Zion National Park, and if you’re a city dweller eager to watch soaring birds in their natural habitat, Zion is haven for several birds of prey. Species like the bald eagle, California condor and Peregrine falcon all call the sanctuary of Zion home. Zion National Park is a nesting habitat, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service has been working to increase provide a safe habitat for breeding pairs to in turn increase successful chick births. Their efforts have seen the development of 13 major nesting sites for the Peregrine falcon. So be sure to bring along the binoculars and telephoto lens to capture those coveted nature moments.
Canyoneering is one of the most popular activities in Zion, and is considered one of the premier places in the nation to do it. There are dozens of canyoneering routes to traverse, some a little wider than a single human body, so if you’re new to the sport, you may want to visit the Zion Adventure Center to sign up for one of their many instructed courses offered, and get outfitted with the right equipment.
If you have the family in tow, rigorous activities like canyoneering, rappelling and trekking through rivers may not be a feasible activity, but that doesn’t mean the family can’t enjoy a fun-filled long weekend in Zion National Park. There are three main campgrounds to enjoy, Watchman and South are both located in Zion Canyon. The third camping ground, Lava Point is located approximately 1-hour’s drive from Zion Canyon on Kolob Terrace Road. And you’ll be happy to hear the facilities are fantastic with flush toilets, cold running drinkable water, picnic tables, fire pits with attached grills and plenty of great easy walking trails nearby.
Sometimes where you lay your head at night is the destination, and if it’s a long weekend of pampering you’re after, there are plenty of beautiful resorts located in and around Zion National Park to make your stay a luxurious one. Cozy inns, charming cabins, and opulent hotels encapsulate the charm of the southwest, with delectable onsite restaurants, lavish swimming pools, spas, and of course, views of one of the most beautiful mountainous amphitheaters in the country.
A long weekend in Zion National Park can be whatever you make of it; Adventurous and thrilling or relaxing and luxurious. Whether it’s a solo trip or a family affair, activities are plentiful, scenery spectacular, and memories unforgettable.