100 thoughts on “Zion National Park: 10 Things to Know Before You Go

  1. Going to Zion? You might enjoy my video review of the Springhill Suites Zion Hotel: https://youtu.be/ZevvkLXGZJg
    Las Vegas is the closest big city – Check out my videos on Las Vegas: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOVadUHX1B-JzE5fiVleugu6HTYLsr2sk

  2. I visited Zion 3 years ago with some friends to hike the Narrows trail. Instead of staying at a smelly cigarette hotel in Las Vegas which I don't like, we rented a cabin in one of the small towns called Tropic near Bryce Canyon in which we also hiked. Inside the park we just parked along the main road and it's free, we did not pay a parking fee. The best way to visit Utah is by driving around on a road trip.

  3. Nice. May I suggest you do a little bit more on the weather and its effects? For instance my son and I were at the park 2nd week of August 2018. We were scheduled to do East Rim Trail for an overnight. While at the Narrows it started to drizzle rain. By the time we made it back to Springdale, it was raining hard. But the time we went to dinner (really nice restaurant called Bit and Spur) we were watching rain of epic proportions. Our table looked north to the entrance of the park, those huge cliffs. Sheets of rain like you would not believe. Next morning the streets of Springdale are covered in red mud. We go to the visitors center to let the ranger know about our hike. Before I open my mouth he shuts me down. Everything is cancelled in the canyon. I ask him about travelling east through the tunnel, to do some of the hikes there. Sorry, a bolder got dislodged from the canyon wall and came crashing down on the road just before the tunnel. So that was out as well. Yes, Zion is a desert, but even deserts get ridiculous amounts of rain on occasion.

  4. Zion is a great park. I usually get a 10 day package deal to Vegas for about $900 and use it as a homebase. I hate casinos so I'm usually out the door by 5:00 AM in my rental car and hitting all of the State and Federal Parks during the day. Zion Park officials are very accommodating and allowed me access to the park after the buses stopped running. They gave me a special photography permit to roam the park at night which was awesome. They do discourage any night hikes which is totally understandable, still driving the park at 2:00 AM during clear skies is a sight to behold. There are plenty of pull offs for night Photography. Two thumbs up for Zion.

  5. Very informative. Please do a video on how to do all the parks in the area like the Bryce, the Arches and the others in an effective way.

  6. I would like to thank you sir, for dedicating your life for my personal amusement. I feel the last few videos on vegas, and now this, is helping my planning go far more smoothly. As part of my trip to Vegas, I was going to Zion National Park, and this video works perfectly. The only thing that will help out even more is if there is a video on Death Valley National Park.

  7. We locals love seeing the excitement visitors have when experiencing the beauty and sense of peace of the park. Be sure to visit the other attractions outside of the park as there are many. Also you may not want to mispronounce Zions as non locals pronounce it Zi-Ons while locals pronounce it as Zi-Uns. There's much to see and enjoy!

  8. Parking in Springdale is $20-25. And the visitors lot in the park can fill up fast. Summer weather can hit the 90-100’s. Be careful of the Narrows hike, I have hear of broken legs and being life flight out.

  9. Welcome to my neck of the woods! We love Zion (locals pronounce it Zi-un…or for some reason we ad an S on the end…Zi-uns) Does get a bit crazy at certain times of the year…love that people love Zion, but it can be a bit overwhelming…especially in late Spring early Summer. Plenty to see and do, even around and outside of Zion…great hikes, state parks, and adventure all found within an hour or so of Zion. St. George is the biggest city near Zion and has a ton of food, entertainment, golf and lodging! https://www.visitstgeorge.com/

    If you can make it happen, and you're a big hiker and want to do a 50-70 mile hike permit only (depending on side hikes and where you decide to end)…do the Trans Zion Hike…did it back in 2017 and made a little video of my adventure. https://youtu.be/CLbbjocxSno

  10. Canyon Overlook is easy to miss. Trailhead is on the north side of the road, parking is on the south side. In other words, you park and cross the street unlike your usual turnout. The tunnel entrance/exit and traffic stop all come together there too. I was paying attention to the rangers and the tunnel and missed the sign for Canyon Overlook trail, then had to go all the way through the tunnel and turn around.
    You can drive through the park and see a lot without riding the shuttle.

  11. As a native Utahn I strongly suggest you DO NOT go to Zion during the summer. It's too crowded and HOT!!! I would recommend going in the off season months. Also don't forget to check out the other National Parks as well. Arches, Canyonlands, and Bryce Canyon. Southern Utah has some of the most beautiful and breathtaking scenery.

  12. Zion is beautiful, but for anyone who wants to get away from the crowds another option might be to consider Capitol Reef instead. Less than a tenth the people usually, and every bit as beautiful in my humble estimation. But it is quite a bit farther from Las Vegas and St. George.

  13. Bonus tip: If you stumble upon some Legionaries don't ask about the name Joshua Graham.

  14. They give you a map on entrance….like all national parks. Also, we entered 4th of March and you could park as far as the museum (normally farther in, but because of a landslide) for the farseeable future.

  15. Another thing to mention is that, like many national parks, dogs aren't allowed on the hiking trails. They might not be allowed on the shuttle either (I can't remember). We camped at that first camp ground where dogs were allowed but someone always had to stay at the campground with him so we hiked in shifts. There is a kennel in Springdale but you have to have reservations and all the normal vet papers (we didn't have a reservation and couldn't get our dog in).

  16. Here’s a tip. Bring water. Lots of water that’s it. You’ll be ok but just pack water. Please do yourself a favor

  17. Fallout New Vegas:Honest Hearts
    Zion is a main location of this DLC,and in the game Zion is very beautiful,but in 2281

  18. Cedar City. I live here. If you are going to Zion and/or Bryce, it’s a large town. Yes, Zion is 45 min away but you can also go to Bryce and have all the amenities needed – hotels, restaurants, etc. This is where people from SLC stay, not Springdale. Just my 2 cents. 🙂

  19. Very helpful video. The video is so clear, I could feel the cold air. The sound is movie quality. Thank you. Thumbs up!

  20. Good info- thank you. As a professional speaker, I give lessons for on-camera performances. I suggest trying to decrease your hand guestures. It takes away from your commentary, and although it may seem natural to you, these can be very distracting to your viewing audience. Your vocal energy and nice editing is all you need to convey your enthusiasm and knowledge. Just for future reference.

  21. Funny how a video game made me want to visit another country to visit Zion National Park. A handful of beauty and nature

  22. Hi, I wonder if we can get to the Canyon Overlook Trail by car and if not, does the shuttle go to the trailhead?

  23. Visited Zion in October on my first trip to America…. absolutely loved it!!! Can't wait to go back to the USA

  24. The Bureau of Land Mgmt office 345 E. Riverside Dr is a great place to get info and maps on the SW Utah area. Sadly, the County supervisors don't believe in the beauty of Washington County, UT. Look At how they desecrated St. George by allowing the building of houses on the mesa top right of off exit 8 St George Blvd, in St. George, an abomination. building on the valley would be acceptable.

  25. An easy way to get there is to take a vacation to Las Vegas and then go to Zion by riding a shuttle that goes from one of the Vegas tour companies to Zion. The one I went on also took me to Bryce Canyon National Park. You just have to be prepared to spend the whole day in Utah.

  26. Awesome video,perfectly done. U get right to the point,its broken down well,and its very applicable right away.thumbs up

  27. I can't even get six minutes into the video… it's just driving me absolutely crazy that you're somehow mispronouncing Zion! It's not Zigh-on. It's Zigh-ihn.

  28. Number one thing you need to know is there are going to 10,000 people making their own top 10 "look at me" videos everyplace you look.

  29. Nice… the touch of snow looks good too. I got lucky and tent camped there not knowing the issues of parking/camping/lodging….. Someone was a NO SHOW, so I got in and stayed 2 nights!!! Hey, you forgot the two parts worthy of a drive and some hiking…. which are not inside the ticket gates. I forgot the names right now, but one enters from the south on a road west of the Zion valley and the other is off Route 15?….. which is a road entering on the west side going to the east… a real nice DRIVE with photo opportunities. I had no time for hiking there though, but imagine one can hike East to the Zion Canyon West rim.

  30. The first rule for visiting Zion NP is pronouncing the name correctly. Its Zi-un like the "sun'" (in nearly one syllable), NOT zi-aun (in 2 distinct syllables ).

  31. Omgsh, u have become my FAVORITE travel vlogger on Youtube! We are heading out West in the summer and it'll be 1/2 my family's first time past the Ohio Valley. So, to say we're stoked is an understatement! But none of us have been to Zion ever so this was SUPER helpful. Thank u SO MUCH! Also, your series on Vegas was AMAZING! and now I feel totally prepared for our trip. Thanks again for doing the prepping and planning for all of us. You're the best!

  32. Great video! Really enjoyed watching your videos as I prepare to edit my adventure in the park! Nice narrative and cool shots, keep up the nice work👍🌄

  33. These premier American national parks in this age of mass tourism have become insanely overcrowded. If you are looking for peace, quiet and solitude to commune with nature, don't come here. Las Vegas, the next day, seemed less congested and hectic than Zion.

  34. We stayed at the Arrowhead Cabins at Mt Carmel, UT. Lovely cabins and a great breakfast and nice and close to Zion and Bryce Canyon. A great location right in the middle of the Utah parks area.

  35. This is NOT helpful at all. But thanks for letting me know how I can book a room thirteen mo that in advance and what state the park is actually in. I always wanted to know that and could never figure it out!

  36. I think viewers should know the plank shelf bridge you were on in the Canyon Overlook trail looks super rickety and if you have a fear of heights, be warned!!

  37. Also, if you do The Narrows Top Down in one day, expect to be out of commission for a day or two (as well possibly losing toenails due to getting your feet smashed repeatedly among the slippery rocks). Great video 😃

  38. #11 Thing to know. Don't annoy the locals by pronouncing it Zi on'. it's Zi' un, like lion. If you ride the shuttle you'll hear it pronounced correctly. Please pay attention.

  39. I think one misleading thing is when websites and vloggers/youtubers talk about how you need to book so many months in advance.

    I plan to go this November and am able to find 10-15 hotels inside the actual Zion park for 60-220 a night. You can get a hotel that's normally 220 for 90 in November.

    To be clear, November is 1-2 months away.. 🙂

  40. @Yellow Productions Chris, do shuttles run to Angel's Landing in December? I asked another YouTuber who made a video about Angel's Landing, that question. He mentioned that during winter months, the shuttle does not run. He also mentioned that when it's not running, hikers are allowed to driver their vehicles to the Angel's Landing trailhead. Can you confirm this or tell me if it's wrong information? Are there parking spots for privately owned vehicles at the trailhead? I'm asking because my preference is to get a very early morning start on this hike in early December, when chances are that few people will be on the trail, in order to avoid congestion on the trail. Thanks for making this video.

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