4-Day Guide to Hiking in Zion National Park

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Fora’s Take

Zion National Park is a beautiful national park that allows you to escape your everyday hustle and bustle and connect to nature. The small town of Springdale, right outside the park, has many local eateries and breweries for you to relax after a day of hiking within the park. Zion is family-friendly and great for couples trips, girls' trips or trips with those who love to hike and enjoy a beer afterward. The local camping grounds allow for a different experience from a hotel, but the hotels are perfectly located in the center of all of the restaurants and bars.

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Where to stay in Zion, Utah

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park

Rustic lodging near Zion featuring a refreshing pool to unwind and relax after a day of exploration.

Zion National Park Lodge

Backpackers dream cabin-style lodgings in Zion with a seasonal Castle Dome Café and horseback tours.

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Things to do in Zion, Utah

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Hikes in Zion

  • The Narrows - An unforgettable experience hiking through the mountains. It's an out-and-back hike up to 8 hours and 9.4 miles.

  • Angels Landing — This life-changing hike will change your perspective on hiking. You have to buy a pass to access the hike because numbers are limited, but it is so worth it!

  • Upper Emerald Pools — This hike is a little over an hour and a bit over two miles. It leads to the emerald pools and allows you to stop at the middle and lower levels, which adds a bit more time to the hike, but it is so worth it! You can pack lunch and eat at the upper emerald pools and have the best day.

  • Sandbeach Trail — This trail is more laid back but leads to the Zion Lodge, which is a great place to grab food and drinks while in the park.

Places to eat & drink in Zion, Utah

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Meme's Cafe — They have the best breakfast options in Springdale! From crepes to omelets, they have it all.


Camp Outpost Co. - The tacos and margaritas are to die for! This is one of the lunch choices that is efficient and high quality, which allows for you to catch a shuttle back into the entrance of the park so you can do multiple hikes in a day.


  • Spotted Dog — They have a wide variety of options and allow you to sit at the bar while you wait to get seated for dinner! The outside views of the canyon are absolutely breathtaking!

  • Whiptail Grill — This is a laid-back spot for a casual dinner. Wings and burgers are popular here.

  • Casa de Amigos — This Mexican spot is a favorite! Their guacamole and tacos were out of this world. They are an authentic Mexican spot and their flavors are amazing.


  • Salted Dog — The bar here is super fun and a change from what the other locations have. It is a bit more upscale and allows you to dress up, which is nice if you are celebrating a special occasion. It is a nice change of pace to get out of your hiking boots and dirty clothes!

  • ZionCanyon Brew Pub — This local brewpub always hits the spot! They have indoor and outdoor dining — the outdoor area is laid-back and connected to the tap bar where you order and then self-seat. After a long day of hiking, this is really nice and refreshing!


Happy Camper Market — They have all different accommodations for snacks and prepackaged meals. If you're vegan, you'll find shopping here super easy!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out this guide to Zion by Fora Advisor Cherryl Cannon: Adventure & Hiking in Utah's Zion National Park. This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Utah.

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