Zion National Park doesn’t get its name from one of its Mormon settlers of the late 1850s, but rather from the Old Testament, which refers to Zion as “a place of refuge.” This Mormon community began calling their “newfound” farming area – nestled in a brilliant valley – “Little Zion.”
Navigate Zion’s massive canyon walls via manicured trails. Free shuttle buses offer frequent pick-up and drop-off points at trailheads. The park also offers a visitor center and an enlightening museum. With the comforts available, young kids can have just as much fun as adults.
Things to Do. Moderate trails with beautiful scenes: Pa’rus and Emerald Pool trails. Most challenging yet rewarding hike: Angels Landing. Also, take the Weeping Rock shuttle to see a rock reminiscent of parts of Ayers Rock in Australia.
How to Get There. Take the I-15N to the I-215N, and then merge back on the I-15N. The route takes you through Nevada, Arizona and ultimately Utah, approximately 7.5 hours of driving.
Places to Stay. South Campground ($16, no reservations), Watchman Campground ($16, 1-800-365-2267), Zion Lodge, ($140-160). Just outside the park in Springdale are a myriad of hotel options.