Spring and fall are ideal, but you can hike year-round
St. George is about an hour’s drive to Zion
Beginner to advanced
Zion hikes is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise — The Narrows and beyond
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.
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Zion in a Day
Head out on multiple short hikes connecting a diverse range of locales in Zion National Park. Expect to do three or four hikes paired with a picnic lunch and plenty of time to see the highlights. Venture to the slot canyons of the The Narrows, the tranquil Emerald Pools, refreshing waterfalls, and more.
Things you need to know
Why should I book with 57hours?
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Why should I go hiking?
Cars just don’t do hiking justice for Zion National park. Why view this breathtaking landscape passively through a window, when you can walk on the slickrock and walk through a river in the narrows? Hiking is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy Zion’s striking terrain and experience the nature around you.
What you get in this adventure:
- Professional, medically trained wilderness guide
- Trail snacks
- Picnic lunch
- Seasonally appropriate water-hiking gear for cold weather
- Technical day pack
- Trekking poles
- Transportation throughout the adventure
- Transfers to and from the outfitters
What’s not included:
- Canyoneering shoes
- Neoprene socks
- Walking cane
What can I expect from hiking with a guide?
Hiring a local guide offers you the chance to experience Zion’s beauty to the fullest. Local guides know all the hidden gems the area has to offer, will explain the history and geology during the hike, and will transport you to and from the destination. Zion also is known for its share of unexpected flash flooding, but this is exactly why you hired your guide. They will know just what to do if the weather takes a turn or something unexpected happens.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- 3-litres of water in bottles or hydration badder
- Lightweight hiking boots
- Spare warm clothes
- Wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall, Winter)
- Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
- Compass & map
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, first aid kit, toilet paper, etc.)
- High quality sunglasses
- Head lantern
- Trekking poles
- Knee braces (if needed)
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
What’s the itinerary?
First, you’re all briefed with your guides and have your personal gear rented and reviewed, before exploring Zion for the whole afternoon. Your group will drive to the Zion National Park Visitor Center and then shuttle by bus to the trailhead. You’ll explore some of the highlights ranging from four to eight hours depending on your itinerary. Expert a hearty picnic-style lunch in a site with plenty of views.
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 is the minimum age requirement?
Everybody over the age of 12 is welcome on this hiking adventure. Children five and older are able to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements on a case by case basis.
What about group sizes and pricing?
For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 6:1 and cost is per person.
Costs per person will decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to go hiking with friends and family.
Tours can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
What about bad weather?
Tours are scheduled to fit with Utah’s ideal seasons and hiking conditions. When the weather does not cooperate, your guide will know the correct course of action to take. Whether that’s shifting to a more favorable location or postponing until conditions approve, your guide will know just what to do. In the event of predictably bad weather, you will be contacted prior to the trip to discuss suitable alternatives.
Do I need an insurance policy?
It’s highly recommended that you cover all your bases with travel and medical insurance. While hiking might seem like a low-risk outdoor activity, accidents can happen anywhere and we recommend insurance to avoid paying out of pocket for costly medical expenses. And as we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to have cancellation insurance that also covers lost baggage. It’s tried and tested and it works.
All policies regarding cancellation, rescheduling and trip insurance will be clearly laid out by your guide prior to booking your adventure. Contact us if you’d like more information on a specific adventure.
Getting there and meeting location
You’ll meet your guide at the Zion Outfitter (7 Zion – Mount Carmel Hwy, Springdale, UT) to rent gear appropriate to hike in the cold water of the Narrows. We’ll caravan to the Zion National Park Visitor Center to meet a shuttle bus for the 40 minute drive to the trailhead. Your guide will contact you approximately seven days before your hike to coordinate and answer your questions.