Top three reasons to go hiking in Zion
A red-rock wonderland created by water, wind, and snow
The most variety and density of hiking trails anywhere in the USA
The Narrows reward hikers with postcard scenery of the canyon
Zion National Park hiking tours are tucked away in Utah’s southwest corner at the intersection of the Colorado Plateau, the Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert. The geological and biological diversity are a huge draw for hiking and nature enthusiasts from around the world. Alongside the experts, you’ll explore Zion’s iconic hikes showcasing stunning Narrows slot canyons, red monoliths, and wind-carved arches. Find out more about best day hikes in Utah from Maggie Slepian — backpacker, trail runner, climber, and mountain biker
Spring and fall are ideal, but you can hike year-round
St. George, UT, is about an hour’s drive to Zion
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Half-Day Hiking Tour of Zion
Make the most of your half-day hike around Zion by joining a guide on an amazing walk through the park. Enjoy the views of the spectacular canyon, take photos of the natural rock arches, or stray off the beaten path to marvel at the tranquil Emerald Pools. Explore some of the most breathtaking trails and places in the park such as the Pa’rus Trail, the Canyon Overlook or the Riverside Walk, and make lifelong memories. Challenge yourself to learn and experience new things in a breath-taking environment and discover what makes Zion so special!
A Customized Day of Hiking with a Private Guide
Have a fun day exploring the wilderness of Zion with a guide that will take you to the most beautiful areas of this stunning National Park. Venture to the slot canyons of the Narrows, the tranquil Emerald Pools, refreshing waterfalls, and more, and enjoy the gorgeous views spreading for miles on end. Discover waterfalls and tranquil lakes or traverse along towering sandstone walls carved by water over millions of years. If you are unsure about the terrain or are looking to expand your hiking potential, a guide can be of great value — let them tailor the trip according to your needs and get the most out of your day!
Slots and Arches Private Hiking Tour
The vast geology of Zion has created spectacular environments that will take your breath away. Enjoy the views of red arches standing proudly against the blue desert sky. As you hike, explore large arches and slot canyons formed by the elements and perfect geologic placement. Walls of the canyons rise nearly 2000ft and are only 30ft apart at some points! Gain nearly 1500ft of elevation in about 2.5 miles until you reach a plateau offering stellar 360 degree views.
Meet your guide
Zion Rock & Mountain Guides
Having been to Bryce Canyon where we did not need a guide, here at Zion, we were so happy that we did. Our guide was fantastic, knowledgeable, and just great to be with. We went on a full day hike of Zion and were able to see places where the “masses” were not. We started off early and grabbed lunch at a little market (it came with the hike). And then, off we went. It was the most enjoyable day with Jeff!
Had a short amount of time but wanted to see, learn and hike Zion and Bryce as much as possible. Zion Rock and Mountain Guides were great. Thanks Matt, Sarah and Josh!
Just finished a truly wonderful hike in the Canaan Wilderness..six miles, 1000 foot change in elevation, great views of Mrs Butterworth and her neighboring crags. It was great to experience an area around Zion most people do not see.
My guide Matt was a superstar. He showed me spots in Zion that I never would have found on my own. He was super knowledgeable and chatty, and most importantly patient when I’d get winded doing those switchbacks up Angel’s Landing. I’d book with Matt again anytime. Super incredible hike!
Christina was the perfect guide for me. She was knowledgeable, friendly and had infectious enthusiasm about our hike.
It was one of my favorite adventures in my week long trip. Christina was excellent and made everything enjoyable.
Things to know
Covid measures in Zion
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Zion, please refer to the Zion National Park webpage.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A half or full day of hiking depending on your chosen itinerary
- Transportation to the trailhead if possible
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Zion
- Meals and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
You need to be able to hike for a full day, carrying a daypack and walking in water, depending on the Zion hiking tour you select. Each day trip, you’ll hike between five and eight hours. The desert terrain can be challenging and the weather unpredictable. That said, if you are looking for adventure and up to the task of multiple days of full-day trekking, you’ll be rewarded immensely.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
- Hiking poles — optional
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The guest to guide ratio for private hiking tours is usually six guests and one guide.
- Pricing is per person, and the cost decreases as your group grows, making it the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family.
- If your hiking party is larger than six people, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- Anyone over the age of 12 can join these day-hiking tours
- Children between the ages of 5 and 12 may join these day-hiking tours, but only on a case-by-case basis
If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 12, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Zion National Park, most people fly into McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. From Las Vegas, which is only three hours away, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to Zion National Park. The closest commercial flight airport is St. George Regional Airport, only an hour drive away from the Park. From there, you also can take a shuttle to Zion National Park.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. You will typically meet your guide at their Zion Rocks and Mountain Guides office (1458 Zion Park Blvd Springdale, UT 84767). Your guide will provide transportation to and from the activities locations if possible. During the summer, the guides utilize the park’s free shuttle system for all trails in the main canyon of Zion.