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Our most recommended Zion Canyon Outdoor Activities

East Zion: Crimson Slot Canyon Exploration and UTV Tour

1. East Zion: Crimson Slot Canyon Exploration and UTV Tour

This tour begins with a thrilling ride in a customized off-road machine leading to a slot canyon, which is privately accessed only and far from any paved roads. Once at the canyon's mouth, the hike begins. The red canyon walls stretch over 100-feet high on either side, with a gap of only 6-10 feet between the walls to hike through. Led by a guide and local expert, the tour continues on foot through the canyon while learning about Native American history and geographical information. Large boulders frequent the route, requiring climbs of 3-6 feet with the assistance of the guide. After traveling the desired distance into the canyon and capturing stunning pictures of these sandstone formations, you’ll hike the same route back to the vehicle and return to the meeting location.

Hurricane: Sunset UTV Tour with Zion National Park Views

2. Hurricane: Sunset UTV Tour with Zion National Park Views

Hit the trails on a UTV tour and see the unique sights and ecosystems of Zion National Park. Take a 2, 3 or 4-hour tour and discover the terrain and rock formations of the area on one of these rugged vehicles. Take a customizable tour of up to 25 destinations, all under the watchful eye of a professional guide. Finish the day with an awe-inspiring sunset over Zion National Park. These exhilarating tours are suitable for any skill level. Your professional guide will train you up on driving a UTV, and teach you how to best drive around the obstacles you encounter on the trails.

Las Vegas: Bryce and Zion National Parks Tour with Lunch

3. Las Vegas: Bryce and Zion National Parks Tour with Lunch

Leave Las Vegas on this day trip to two of the most visually stunning places in the United States, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Take a journey through canyons and fantastical rock spire formations on this tour that includes bottled water and a granola bar. First experience the striking sandstone cliffs that tower above the valley floor of Zion National Park. Your journey will allow you to see highlights of Zion including a stop at the visitor center. Ascend up the mountain pass and through the mile-long tunnel. Make a stop at Checkerboard Mesa before continuing on to Bryce Canyon National Park. Next, see the incredible natural amphitheater of Bryce Canyon. Walk the rim in Bryce Canyon and enjoy stunning views of the unique hoodoos (thin rock spire) and landscape. Enjoy a hike into Bryce to walk among the hoodoos and admire this magical landscape. On your return to Las Vegas pass through the stunning scenery of Zion for another perspective of its beauty.

Las Vegas: Zion and Bryce Canyons Small Group Tour

4. Las Vegas: Zion and Bryce Canyons Small Group Tour

Start at around 5:20 AM with a pickup (strip hotels and surroundings) and guided narration. Learn about Las Vegas’s history as you head towards the Utah border. Stop in Mesquite Nevada or Hurricane UT, depending on the time of year, for a break on the way to Zion National Park. Discovered by Mormon settlers in the 19th century, at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces in Southwestern Utah, Zion National Park covers 229 square miles of dramatic landscape with sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. Follow the paths of ancient native people and pioneers. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs and brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. After 1.5 hours of exploring Zion, sit down for a lunch, then head to Bryce Canyon for the second part of your tour. See the canyon's stunning hoodoo formations, red cliffs, pink soil, and ponderosa pines, and wonder why the area was not incorporated into the nearby national park. After approximately 1.5 hours of hiking or sightseeing through the scenic, red-tinged moonscape, head back to the vehicle for your comfortable return trip back to your hotel in Las Vegas, stopping for dinner and breaks along the way.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion, & Monument Valley 3-Day Trip

5. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion, & Monument Valley 3-Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the wilds of Monument Valley, Bryce, Zion, Lake Powell, and The Grand Canyon South Rim on a 3-day adventure that brings you deep into the heart of this magical land. From Navajo-guided jeep tours to a bird's eye view over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter, it's a non-stop adventure! This tour has guaranteed departures. During your stay, visit Zion and Bryce National Parks and enjoy the photographic wonders of this white, pink, and red sandstone park. Here, enjoy a fun BBQ with friends around the campfire while your guide tells you stories of the history and legends of this sacred Navajo land. Along the way, stop at Monument Valley for a 4x4 Jeep journey and fly high over the Grand Canyon for some truly breathtaking images of the natural beauty of this land. Day 1: Zion and Bryce National Park(Meals: Lunch) Depart from Las Vegas and travel by mini-bus to Zion and Bryce. Cut by the Virgin River, Zion Canyon is an impressive mix of white, pink, and red Navajo sandstone cliffs. Ancient petrified sand dunes towering over 2,000 feet above the canyon floor make for an impressive landscape and a photographer’s paradise. Stroll around Zion National Park's enchanting walks and hikes—suitable for every fitness level. Walk around the Emerald Pools trail, enjoy the Temple of Sinawava, the Great White Throne, Weeping Rock, and visit the interpretive Human History museum where you can listen an entertaining rangers talk on the patio. After a full afternoon in Zion, head to Bryce Canyon, a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion, along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos. These red, orange, and white spires provide spectacular views. The canyon is considered by many to be the most scenically diverse place in the world! Tuck into a BBQ and a fun evening around the campfire with your new friends. Then set up camp in a full-service campground with hot showers, a swimming pool, hot tub, and Wi-Fi. The lodging option is in Bryce Valley Inn or similar accommodation. Day 2 Monument Valley(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch) Wake up early and head past Lake Powell with an optional tour of Antelope Canyon. Later, head to Monument Valley for a 4x4 Jeep journey deep into the Navajo lands. Here, snap some photos of the most iconic Western landscapes. Then, camp along the rim of Monument Valley in another full-service campground with hot showers and Wi-Fi, casting your gaze up at the stars in the sky. Your lodging option is in the world-famous Historic Gouldings Lodge. Day 3 The Grand Canyon(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch) After a short visit to a traditional Navajo Trading Post, opt for an optional helicopter ride for a bird's eye view of the Grand Canyon. If this isn't for you, stroll along the rim or take a hike into the magnificent canyon. Listen to your guide's interesting details of this Natural Wonder of the World before enjoying plenty of time to relax and enjoy its beauty. Then, drive back to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Additional add-ons for this tour: Death Valley Day Tour (Friday and Sunday) Tour the heart of Death Valley National Park from Las Vegas, and visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy an array of colors in an extreme desert environment. Wild West Ghost Town Explorer (Saturday)Spend a day in the Wild West exploring old ghost towns and ancient legends. Keep your eyes peeled for the poltergeist who still roams the streets, and soak up the atmosphere of a true western saloon before returning to Las Vegas.

From Springdale: Greater Zion Scenic Hiking Tour

6. From Springdale: Greater Zion Scenic Hiking Tour

Experience the Greater Zion Area on a private guided hike. Take in the scenery at a walking pace while still experiencing the thrill of adventure through the area's striking, unique landscape. Discover magnificent canyon walls and overlooks, and the famed Virgin River, or catch the wildflowers and autumn colors at their peak. This tour takes place outside of Zion National Park and offers a variety of terrain options. You’ll spend the day on trails only the locals know. Grab your friends or family and lose yourself in the unparalleled beauty and grandeur of the American Southwest. Follow your professional and passionate guide who is an expert in the area. Discover some of the best trails and hidden gems of the park and hear a series of interesting stories and fun facts about the incredible Greater Zion Area.

Springdale: Half-Day Mountain Biking Adventure

7. Springdale: Half-Day Mountain Biking Adventure

Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of red rock cliffs, winding canyons, and distant mountains on an epic mountain bike adventure. As there is no mountain biking permitted inside Zion National Park, explore the best mountain bike terrains just outside of the park limits. Whether you’re a beginner or an all-terrain expert, there’s a trail waiting for you. Your guide will customize your adventure to your group's skill. Be provided with all the necessary equipment as your guide ensures a safe and fun time throughout the adventure.

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What people are saying about Zion Canyon

The planning agent did a very good job. The prep-ahead instructions, coordination, confirmation were all done professionally. Then the driver, who was also the tour guide did an awesome job. He was very helpful to all guests, courteous, detail oriented with his explanations, took us to clean restrooms, helped taking pictures of many scenic spots for most travelers in the tour. He deserves 10 stars out of 5 and not 5 stars out of 5. The A/C in the van needs to be looked at as it wasn’t maintaining cool temperature inside even though it was set to 57 degrees. Many were sweaty in the van. Otherwise the trip was enjoyable.

Pasquale, not sure if I spelled correctly, our tour guide and driver was great! Courteous, kind, informational. Great tour guide. Sonya Smith and I had a wonderful and awesome time!

Our guide Cody was great! My sister and I are not in shape to hike so he took he showed us what we were able to do. Cody took great pictures of us that I will treasure.

Keep in mind that the tour will only introduce you to two great parks, Zion and Bryce. You will spend less than an hour in Zion and 1.5 hours in Bryce.

We really enjoyed this . Our guide was great. It was challenging for me at age 56 but still fun !