Zion National Park
Zion National Park
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Kuvasz1988
Saint Paul, MN963 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
No words can describe the beauty and massive structures you will witness here. The self drive in winter is the best way to see the park as the summer crowds require shuttles and lots of people. Unbelievable
Written 22 January 2023
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KansasPVgal
Shawnee, KS27,100 contributions
Sep 2022
We knew ahead of time that we were going to have to take a shuttle through the park. You can catch a town shuttle near most accommodations that will take you to the park Visitors Center in Springdale. Of course you can also drive to the Visitor's Center.

At the park entrance, you get on a shuttle that is solely for seeing the Park. You cannot drive through the park on your own. Understandably, this is to preserve the park.

There are several stops that are made through the park where you can get off the shuttle and use trails for walking. There is really only one trail in our experience that is good for mobility challenged people, and my husband falls into that category.

We tried another recommended labeled "Easy" trail, but it has a couple areas that are definitely dicey and I don't recommend it for anyone who has challenges walking. That trail was The Grotto Trail. It is deceiving at first, seemingly an alright dirt path.

Then once you're committed half way through, you run into a couple places where we didn't even know if my husband could make it with me helping him, or whether we should turn back. The trail ends at the next shuttle stop. We did make it over those two sections because I was able to hold onto him, but he is a lot bigger than me, so it was very difficult. I would never recommend this trail to anyone with walking or balance issues.

The other trail advertised as "Easy" that we tried is the Riverside Walk, and it is definitely doable with one caveat that there are not places to sit down, but it is paved. It is very beautiful with towering rock mountains above you.

The problem is there was only one cement bench along the way. Many physically challenged people need to rest for 5 minutes or so in order to keep walking. So my husband sat on rocks when possible but there aren't very many of those that are good for sitting down. They have either been removed or are way too low for a physically challenged person to get back up again.

We eventually had to turn back since there were so few places to sit down. Otherwise my husband could have gone on walking. If you do the Riverside Walk trail and are like my husband, I suggest taking a cane with a seat. A walker with a seat would also work for those who use them. I have added photos of the Riverside Walk to this review.

A person might think they could just ride the shuttle and see plenty of the park. But that's not actually true. The windows were very dirty (brown) on the outside of the shuttles when looking from the inside, so even taking photos was not an option. They are also darkly tinted. And the windows only open sideways about 2 1/2 inches at the most, so it's impossible to get a photo from the inside of the shuttle.

We were able to get off at any stop because my husband can walk using a cane. But I felt bad for people who were not that agile and had to stay on the shuttle. You're only going to get the barest of a gist of the park from the shuttle. Bathrooms were fairly available at most stops.

The saving grace was that the drive to Springdale on 89 and 9 from the north and west, takes you through the park, and we liked Springdale itself a lot. 89 and 9 are the only way to get to Springdale from the north or west and it is tremendous for views.

The driver must be very engaged since ther are long tunnels through the mountains, curves, and drop offs. It is just absolutely stunning and much more exciting than the park itself for those who can't truly hike.

I hope my review helps people who are physically challenged to be prepared to see this park. :)
Written 22 January 2023
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Gayle B
Cumming, GA237 contributions
Dec 2022
Beautiful national park! If you want to hike, be sure to stop by the visitors center first and take the tram into the closed areas (not all were open to private cars when we were there).

If you just want to drive through, it will take about 30-60 minutes - depending on traffic.

We entered via the south entrance after staying in the little town of Springdale for the night.
Written 4 January 2023
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Canadi-Lynne
Edmonton, Canada166 contributions
Jul 2022
Zion National Park was stunning! We did the drive through with a few stops to take pictures and walk around, but I wish we had more time for exploring. The scenery was breathtaking and it's hard to put into words the overall feeling of moving through this exceptional location. The only mistake we made was not allowing a longer stay in our itinerary. We will return and take more time to enjoy all that Zion has to offer. If you have the chance to visit, we highly recommend it!
Written 3 January 2023
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA383 contributions
Nov 2022
I entered Zion from the east entrance and enjoyed the scenic drive into the canyon on the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. I was able to park at the visitor center, but it looked as if the lot would fill up by mid-morning. The shuttles were still running in late November, and the driver was very informative.

I hiked up to Scout Lookout, which is a bit of a workout. Although it's a paved trail, it is very steep at times. The view from the lookout is incredible, but it was rather crowded. Since I wasn't going up to Angel's Landing, I decided to continue on the West Rim Trail, which was a lot more secluded and peaceful.

Later on, I did the Riverside Walk, which was easy but packed with people. Even if you don't hike in the river, there are still beautiful views of the canyon and fall foliage from the paved trail. It was surprising to see how bustling the park was in November, and I can't imagine how busy it gets in the summer.

Despite some crowds, Zion is still a terrific park with lots to see and do.
Written 31 December 2022
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jimles7
Princeton, KY648 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We really enjoyed Zion which starts the loop of the mighty five from Vegas. It's a bummer using the shuttle but that's all you got. Beautiful park but my favorite was the Zion Canyon Overlook Trail. It's 1 mi round trip easy to moderate hike that is outside the park. Easy to see bighorn sheep there.
Written 26 December 2022
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Chelsea T
Miramar, FL5 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
If you plan on coming to Zion, please don’t be like us and only come for one day. It is my biggest regret. Pictures don’t do this national park justice. It is absolutely breathtaking. There are trails for any level. We only had time for the easier trails(Lower Emerald Pools and Pa’rus Trail), but i wish we could have done more, especially the Canyon Overlook which I heard is amazing.
Written 9 December 2022
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Walter O
Severn, NC325 contributions
Oct 2022
Great visit to Zion National Park. Went on a Monday so it wasn't too crowded. Cabin at Lodge was the hardest booking we had to make out of a month of travels. Well worth it. The Mountains are beautiful.
Written 5 December 2022
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GoVols79
Chattanooga, TN2,809 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
On a weeklong trip through Utah’s 5 National Parks we ended with Zion. Although we had visited before this was our first time staying in the lodge. We really enjoyed staying here as it allows you to drive your car into the canyon and be less reliant on the shuttle system. We visited Angels Landing and the Narrows during our short visit. This is a great place and somewhere we always look forward to returning to.
Written 3 December 2022
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York2,334 contributions
Oct 2022
Zion National Park is a treasure. As you progress through the park, the canyon gets narrower. Take the free shuttle bus to the last stop and walk the Riverside Track for some magnificent views. If you are brave enough to wade cross the Virgin River, you can continue to the Narrows. I used the shuttle bus to access many trails. It's a lovely place to hike.
Written 24 November 2022
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