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Red castles of sandstone, and organ-pipe rock formations, rise up dramatically into the intense blue sky at Zion National Park - a place where you can take on some of the most daring hikes in the US. The Virgin River brings life to the dusty desert scenery, filling the floors of the park’s canyons with leafy trees, singing birds, and pools of aquamarine sediments. Fossilized dinosaur footprints - left behind in the copper-colored sandstone - provide a humbling reminder of this landscape’s longevity, as you explore extraordinary sculptures and formations, carefully crafted by Mother Nature over the course of millions of years.

Things to see

The word ‘Zion’ is often used to mean ‘peace’, and while the beautiful park can offer that in abundance, hikers and mountain bikers with a taste for danger and adventure will feel just as at home here. Scamper up vertical rock faces, and cling onto chains while teetering along knife-edge walkways, as you test your nerve on daring trails. Seek out the heavenly views from Angels Landing, or wade, paddle, and swim through the fickle flow of the Virgin River, as you hike the legendary The Narrows route. Tread carefully, as the roar of the water - amplified by the spectacular vertical walls that bear down on you – can be disorientating. Cool off from the hiking by showering in the curtain of filtered water that drips steadily from the face of Weeping Rock.

Hotels in Zion National Park

Attractive hotels, overlooked by the park’s layered rock formations, make it simple to bookend your adventures with a little comfort. Soak in the privileged view with a cool drink from your balcony, or rest your legs after a long day’s activity on your soft bed, scanning through channels on your room’s flat-screen television. Mid-range rooms can offer basic self-catering facilities, including microwaves and refrigerators, or you can head down to on-site restaurants - where juicy burgers sizzle on outdoor barbeques. Even the cheapest hotels in Zion National Park can offer outdoor swimming pools to paddle in, along with speedy in-room WiFi access.

Where to stay

Avoid wasting a second longer than necessary traveling by staying right outside the park’s southern entrance. A cluster of hotels offer effortless access, and leave you close to the eco-friendly visitors’ center - where you can benefit from the park rangers’ expert knowledge. They’ll recommend highlights that you could easily miss otherwise - like the well-hidden Kolob Arch, which is one of the largest freestanding rock arches in the world. The town of Springdale is slightly further south, but offers the chance to walk with the first humans to explore the national park, as you’re pulled into absorbing documentaries, which are shown on massive 3D screens at Zion Canyon Theater. Make sure you fuel up for the next morning’s adventure by tasting flaky Rocky Mountain Red Trout, at one of the town’s many restaurants.

How to get to Zion National Park

Las Vegas is the closest major city to the park, and it takes around 3 hours to drive to the entrance from Sin City. Another option is to fly to St George - from airports including Las Vegas and Salt Lake City - which will cut your driving time down to less than an hour. A single main road dissects Zion National Park but, be warned, cars are banned from entering during the peak season - which usually lasts from April to October. Instead, you’ll need to hop on one of the convenient shuttle busses provided, which allow bikes onboard, and stop off at various points in the park.

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