Zion National Park, Utah
Zion National Park is one of my favorite national parks. It has lots of hiking, canyoneering, and beautiful scenery.
Entrance fee, optional camping
Zion National Park is located in southern Utah near Springdale, Utah (south); Orderville, Utah (east); and Cedar City, Utah (west). The 229-square-mile national park features Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep, cut through the reddish Navajo Sandstone. In adition to abundant plant and animal life, Zion National Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches.
When most people visit Zion National Park, they take the free shuttle up and down Zion Canyon and visit a few of the easily accessible landmarks like Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, Canyon Overlook, and the Zion Narrows. However, there is so much more to see and do in Zion. In addition to the short day hikes that everyone is familiar with, there are hundreds of longer hikes, backpacking trails, rock climbing routes, and technical canyons to explore.