One of the most majestic and frequently visited National Parks in the country is Zion National Park. The park is known for its gorgeous landscape, stunning formations, interesting plants, and wildlife as well as the array of outdoor activities. While some parks close during the winter season, Zion National Park remains open and the weather isn’t too cold to have a fun day hiking, nature watching, or even canyoneering. To learn a few tips on engaging in these kinds of activities during winter, read below!
It’s possible to take a pleasure filled and leisurely day hike in Zion National Park in winter, but it’s best to stick to certain areas that don’t get so icy. Canyon Overlook Trail is a good option for hikers of all experience levels, and Sand Bench Trail is definitely worth a visit since it’s not overrun by horses in winter like it is in the summer months. You’ll typically see heavy snowfall at the park’s higher points, but the canyon has little snow and is easy to walk around in winter.
Zion National Park is a hot spot for nature photographers, but outside of winter it’s quite busy. The colder months award the opportunity to get breathtaking pictures of the area in relative solitude. The landscape and river take on an appearance in winter that’s unlike what you’ll see during other times of year. The east side of Zion National Park is beautiful to photograph in winter, as is Zion Canyon.
If you’re an advanced canyoneer, you’ll find that visiting Zion National Park in the winter offers exciting new challenges. You’ll have to contend with short days and snow, but if you come well prepared it can be an incredible experience. Gear that you’ll need before obtaining a winter canyoneering permit in the park include protective neoprene socks and a wetsuit.
From November through the middle of March is when guests can drive their own vehicles into the park, which is great if you want to take some time to see the sights from your car. To enter Zion National Park you can take the main road, the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, as it stays open year round. Taking a four wheel drive vehicle is best, as even though this road is frequently plowed it can still get icy. If you’re longing to enjoy nature in the winter and want to have an unforgettable adventure, plan a visit to Zion National Park.