Zion National Park Itinerary

Zion Auto Tour (3 Days- 2 Nights)

Drive through the three main sections of Zion National Park: Kolob Canyon, Zion Canyon, and Zion Terrace. All three are very scenic and have many hiking opportunities.

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Day 1

Begin on your way to Springdale, the south entrance to Zion National Park.

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Kolob Canyon Area

If you are traveling from Salt Lake City on I-15, just 20 miles south of Cedar City is the Kolob Canyon Area of Zion National Park. There is a 10 mile scenic drive through the canyon that is well worth taking the time to drive.

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Auto tour Hwy 9 (2-3 hours)

Drive the main highway through Zion National Park, up through the mile-long tunnel and east into the park�s Checkerboard Mesa area. Pick up a map and guide as you enter the park.

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Canyon Overlook stop (1 hour)

This short (1 mile round trip) hike on a well-marked trail leads to an overlook offering incredible views of lower Zion Canyon. It is rated as �moderate� because the trail surface is uneven. There is little elevation change. The trailhead is at the parking lot just beyond the east entrance to the mile-long tunnel.

Day 2

Explore Zion Canyon (2-3 hours)

Cars are not allowed up Zion Canyon between May and November. Jump onto the park shuttle right outside your motel door in Springdale; ride the shuttle into Zion Canyon. Get out at each shuttle stop to view and photograph the sights, and to hike.

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Day 3

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Drive Zion�s Kolob Terrace (3 hours)

This drive follows a backroad through a very scenic part of Zion National Park that is not usually seen by tourists. The road is paved but narrow, windy and steep in spots. It takes you up a mountain and into a lush forest, at the base of Zion�s trademark pastel-colored monoliths.

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