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Zion Canyon: Our most recommended tours and 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.

East Zion: Cliffs Sunset and Backcountry Off-Road Jeep Tour

2. East Zion: Cliffs Sunset and Backcountry Off-Road Jeep Tour

Experience the sunset from atop a cliff in Eastern Zion on this guided off-road Jeep tour. Witness incredible sweeping views of Zion National Park's remote backcountry and stop at special viewpoints, free from crowds and interruptions.  Depart just before sunset. After a short drive on the highway, officially begin your off-road adventure. Enjoy the ride as your guide maneuvers the rugged trail, ending at a western-facing viewpoint just in time to watch the sun descend behind the cliffs of Zion. From this breathtaking location, see views of the West Temple, Parunuweap Canyon, Elephant Gap, and other major Zion landmarks. Take in the scenery and capture the experience with plenty of photos before hopping back on the Jeep again.  After another exciting Jeep ride and stop at a viewpoint, return to the starting point of the tour at Thunderbird Lodge.

From Springdale: The Zion Narrows Hike

3. From Springdale: The Zion Narrows Hike

Embark on the quintessential Zion adventure experience on this day trip from Springdale. Hike into the heart of Zion National Park and explore a narrow river canyon that has been carved over millions of years. Enjoy a delicious packed lunch. along the way.  Meet your guide at the Zion Guide Hub and begin your journey into the wilderness. Every turn in the canyon yields something new from towering streaked walls, massive alcoves, waterfalls, hanging gardens, and plenty of flowing water. Wind along and through the Virgin River which requires specialized equipment to navigate. Use high-quality gear like waterproof footwear, neoprene socks, and hiking poles to make your trip safe and relaxing.  Keep your energy up with a stop for a sandwich, cookies, and fruits. Venture out on a worry-free trip as the local partner monitors conditions continuously. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

Hurricane: Sunset UTV Tour with Zion National Park Views

4. 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.

East Zion: Pine Knoll Horseback Tour

5. East Zion: Pine Knoll Horseback Tour

Saddle up and experience Zion National Park from a unique perspective. This is more than a typical trail ride and is great for both beginners and experienced riders. You will begin with a quick introduction and get acquainted with the horses. Learn their unique personalities as you prepare to spend the next two hours together. Your guide will demonstrate safe techniques for handling your horse. The ride begins by following a trail that winds up the side of Pine Knoll through the desert forest with an intense elevation increase. Eventually, the ride exits the forest and you'll get to see majestic sweeping views of Southern Utah and Zion National Park. At the summit, you'll pause to capture pictures that will help you remember this experience for years to come. Then, continue down the mountain, all the while learning about the area and wildlife while listening to western stories.

From Las Vegas: Zion National Park Bus Tour with Free Time

6. From Las Vegas: Zion National Park Bus Tour with Free Time

Witness the towering sandstone walls of Zion and its Virgin River, on an executive bus tour from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. Perfect for Las Vegas locals or tourists from all over the world, take the chance to experience epic hikes, stunning scenes, and convenient transfers. Get the best out of Zion with a safe and smooth drive up, avoid the parking hassles and shuttles buses from outside of the park, and fees paid at the entrance. Arrive at the park, get on the shuttles to Zion Canyon and explore in amazement. Discover the most famous part of Zion National Park, the Narrows section. The Virgin River has been carved deep into the red sandstone and left no shoreline for a wet hike in cool waters which is excellent to explore during the warmer months of summer. Admire beautiful towering sandstone walls offset the varying colors of rocks, water, and competing vegetation of desert and mountain as you make your way as far as you'd like during your time in the park. If you have your Angels Landing Permit, you'll have plenty of time to take this world-famous hike. See the Grotto, Emerald Pools, Court of the Patriarchs, and more during your time within the park.

Las Vegas: Bryce and Zion National Parks Tour with Lunch

7. 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.

Springdale: Half-Day Canyoneering Experience

8. Springdale: Half-Day Canyoneering Experience

After checking in at your meeting location, listen to a safety briefing from your expert instructor and guide, get geared up, and prepare for your unforgettable canyoneering experience. Take a half-day canyoneering trip and enjoy a multi-sport activity where your group works together to hike, climb, squeeze, rappel across a variety of natural obstacles. Enjoy an adventure customizable to any skill level in an amazing natural setting.

Zion National Park: Self-Driving Audio Guided Tour

9. Zion National Park: Self-Driving Audio Guided Tour

Get the most out of the Zion National Park with this self-guided driving tour. Go at your own pace, learn about the area’s fascinating history, and see some unforgettable scenery. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Begin at the Springdale Visitor Center. Learn about the history of the park as you drive. Let your audio guide direct you towards the impressive peaks of the Altar of Sacrifice, the Sundial, and the Temple of Sinawava. Keep your eye out for big-horned sheep as you hear fascinating facts about this stunning landscape. See mountains like the Patriarchs and the Sentinel, and stop off at viewing points to take in gorgeous vistas. Discover where to find emerald-colored pools and sparkling waterfalls as your audio guide leads the way. See the crying cliff face of the Weeping Rock and other gems of this rugged area of outstanding natural beauty.

Las Vegas: Zion and Bryce Canyons Small Group Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Zion Canyon

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 838 reviews

We had a fantastic experience today with Brian and Jason (owners of Mojave Wave, LLC). From the moment of my initial booking about Zion National Park, Brian was responsive, engaging and gave us a huge favor and ask for a last minute change of hotel picked up and dropped off location, when sent Jason to be our tour guide, he was promptly on-time for our hotel pick-up - his mini van, a very comfortable White Chrysler, was very clean. Once in the van, he asked us questions to gauge our specific interests and expectations for the day - and he nailed it. Jason delivered a wonderful day, as we drove through Vegas from our hotel at Worldmark, Jason would tell us about all of the towns that we were passing through - keeping us interested the whole drive. He is so knowledgable, funny and pleasant. We would definitely recommend Jason a guide in this area.

I had a great time on the trip. However I was told to meet at the library at 6:30 am, but the bus came at 8:30. I found someone who was told the same thing. We called her agency who confirmed 8:30. That is something that needs to be corrected in your itinerary.

Vern was our driver ,he is amazing. He took the best pictures of our family as well as giving us tips on how to get the best sunset photos . He's very knowledgeable of the area and we had a great time talking to him .

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.

We had a great time! Jenna was such a friendly and sweet guide. Great views and a great time. Had lunch at the lodge and made awesome memories!