Visiting Zion National Park with your family.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is one of our nation’s most amazing treasures. If you are ever in southern Utah, it is a stop that your family will remember for the rest of your lives.

The shuttle is the easiest way to get around the park.

The shuttle is the easiest way to get around the park.

We had the privilege of visiting Zion one day last spring. We didn’t have much time, so we wanted to maximize the things we could see and do while we were there. Fortunately, Zion has a fantastic shuttle system for its visitors. We paid $25 (a per car fee) for our family to enter the park. After you enter and park, you can hop on the shuttle system and catch a free ride to any point in the park. A round trip on the shuttle takes about 80 minutes, and we never had to wait more than 15 minutes for a shuttle to arrive. Not only is the shuttle practical, it’s also a great way to get an overview of the park.

Hiking the Riverside trail.

Hiking the Riverside Walk trail.

We hopped on the shuttle and took it out to the Temple of Sinawava. From there, we took the Riverside Walk alongside the Virgin River. This is a great hike for families and it was relatively easy – we even saw families with strollers along the path.

The surroundings are dazzling and it quickly becomes clear why early religious explorers named this place Zion, a reference to the Biblical city of God. The beauty of the canyons and colors of the plant life are truly awe-inspiring.

Riding mules through Zion National Park.

Riding mules through Zion National Park.

After our hike, we took the shuttle to the Zion Lodge. We grabbed lunch at the lodge and then walked across the street to Canyon Trail Rides. This independent company works with national parks to provide rides in several different locations. We took a 1-hour trail ride along the Virgin River, while the guides pointed out landmarks like the Beehive and the Three Patriarchs.

The kids loved the chance to explore the park on horseback. This unique opportunity was the most expensive part of our day, but still reasonable at $40 per person. They loved being able to ride through the park, not just because of the fun of riding a horse, but because they were able to see more than they would have on foot.

Our day at Zion National Park ended just before sunset. We took the shuttle back to the car at the Visitor’s Center and made our way out of the park. We promised each other on the way out, though, that we would definitely be coming back to Zion.

Have you ever been to Zion? What is your favorite National Park?

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Robin took her first flight before she could walk. Because of her airline-employed father’s benefits package, travel was a way of life for her from an early age. A graduate of The University of Texas with a B.A. in English, she is a certified teacher who uses her degree everyday as she homeschools their two children. Her hobby is planning their next trip, which she is always doing.

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  2. Jennifer Andrews

    I love Zion National Park. It’s absolutely beautiful and there is a lot to do in the area. I like the tip to bring the kids horseback riding around the park. I have younger children so the less crowded and the cooler it is the better it is for me. I also like saving up a bit more and staying in a suite around Zion National Park. It gives my family a comfortable place to rest up.

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