Utah’s slogan is “Life Elevated”. Not only is being in Utah literally an experience at higher elevation, it’s also an experience in the metaphorical elevation of being around and experiencing some of the most breathtaking outdoor spots on earth and the opportunity for many adventures. Utah is home to five of the most popular national parks in the country. It could be argued that Zion National Park is among the most popular parks, not only in the country, but in the world. People travel from all around the world to experience the transcendent beauty of Zion. Anyone visiting either the Cedar City or St. George areas needs to take a day to see Zion. It’s only an hour away from either location and worth the effort. Here are some things you should consider as you plan your visit to Zion.

The Best Option is to Stay in Springdale, UT

If you want to fully experience Zion, and if you plan on going for multiple days, your best option for lodging is in Springdale, UT. Springdale is the town right below Zion, and it is filled with great places to stay. You can see much of the beauty of Zion from Springdale, and there are numerous restaurants, stores, and outlets to accommodate your Zion experience. You can find stores for outdoor climbing gear, art galleries featuring Zion art, and a variety of outlets that have experts in various fields relating to the Park. Springdale is where you will be able to hitch a ride up to Zion if you don’t want to drive your car. There are shuttles and other forms of transportation to take you up the canyon.

Decide Which Trails You Want to Hike Before Coming

It’s good to plan ahead for which adventures you plan on taking. There are hikes for people of limited abilities all the way up to people of the greatest hiking or climbing ability. Hiking and climbing to the highest peak of Angel’s Landing isn’t for the faint of heart, nor is it for someone who hasn’t hiked to a really high area before. While many of the more dangerous hiking experiences have built in chains or rope to help climbers, there is still a great deal of risk involved in some of the most popular spots in Zion. Do your research in advance. Understand all of the risks you are taking. And, always make sure you are prepared with the right gear for the particular hike you are going on. Some of the more advanced hikes require repelling gear, for example.

Check the Weather Before You Come

As part of being prepared, always be aware of the weather in Zion. Flash floods often put hikers in danger, and it’s important to always be aware of weather conditions. Another reason to consider the weather is that you may want to figure out the best time to come for your situation. There are some people who love coming to Zion later in the season, even when it is more chilly, because there is far less traffic in the area. The summer months are always the busiest, and some days in Zion are brutally hot. The winter months sometimes include days that are just warm enough to enjoy a beautiful hike. The hotels are usually much less expensive in the fall and winter, and the area is still just as beautiful as it is in the summer.

There are few places one will remember forever, but Zion certainly qualifies. You haven’t fully experienced “Life Elevated” until you have gone to Zion National Park. It’s the perfect place for the adventure of a life time.

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