Nature’s Playground: Outdoor Adventures for All Ages

Nestled within the captivating landscapes of the American Southwest, Zion National Park stands as a testament to the raw beauty and unspoiled wilderness of nature. Away from the noise and distractions of modern life, Zion offers a sanctuary where people of all ages can immerse themselves in the wonders of the outdoors.

Zion signifies ‘sanctuary in Hebrew, and that’s what you will find here in Southeast Utah. Once you’re in Zion National Park, there are various things you can do, such as hiking to the Emerald Pools, getting your feet wet in The Narrows, or doing the sky-high climb to Angels Landing.

Zion is a playground for families seeking to instill a love for nature in their children. The Pa’rus Trail and The Riverside Walk are perfect for little legs, offering strolls with minimal elevation gain. These trails provide ample opportunities for kids to spot wildlife, dip their toes in the Virgin River, and gaze in wonder at the towering cliffs.

For teenagers seeking thrills and challenges, Zion National Park has a myriad of exhilarating experiences to offer. Towering red rock formations beckon adventures to test their limits on daring hikes and adrenaline-pumping adventures. Whether you are navigating the narrow passage of the Virgin River or tackling the iconic cliffs of Angels Landing, your teens will be encouraged to embrace the spirit of adventure and create lasting memories amidst the park’s grandeur.

For grown-ups craving adrenaline, canyoneering excursions provide an exciting blend of rock climbing, rappelling, and exploration. Guided tours ensure safety while allowing teens to conquer fears, build confidence, and revel in the excitement of discovery.

Where can you stay near Zion National Park?

There are a lot of places to stay near Zion National Park. Here’s a list of the closest towns and cities:


The closest to Zion National Park is Utah Springdale, which is just a mile away from the main entrance, giving you the easiest access to the Park area.

Aerial view of Big Bend from Hidden Canyon Trail. Zion National Park. Utah. USA

Aerial view of Big Bend from Hidden Canyon Trail. Zion National Park. Utah.
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Besides being the easiest gateway to the park, Springdale is packed with other options, too. There are a lot of dining options and luxurious hotels ready to leave you awestruck by the view.

An even better part is that Springdale is a great spot for stargazing, thanks to the community’s efforts to reduce light pollution, which gives you a clear view of the stars at night.

Some of the best hotels in Springdale include:

  • Cable Mountain Lodge
  • Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites
  • Flanigan’s Inn
  • SpringHill Suites by Mariott Springdale
  • Cliffrose Springdale, Curio Collection by Hilton

St. George

Red rock formation at Snow Canyon State Park in St. George, Utah

Red rock formation at Snow Canyon State Park in St. George, Utah
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Located in Southwestern Utah, close to the Utah-Arizona border, St. George is a beautiful city and is an hour’s drive away from Zion National Park.

St. George has its own set of attractions, which include museums, golf courses, and luscious dining options. In addition to that, it is also well-placed if you want to explore other places, such as Snow Canyon State Park, the Grand Canyon North Rim, and Bryce Canyon National Park.

Some of the hotels you can stay in at St. George:

  • Hampton Inn & Suites St. George
  • Hyatt Place St. George
  • Red Mountain Resort
  • Staybridge Suites St. George, an IHG Hotel
  • Days Inn by Wyndham St. George

Hurricane Valley

Located around the city of hurricanes, Hurricane Valley is talked about in terms of its beautiful scenery and outdoor activities.

It is not just 20 to 30 miles away from Zion National Park but is also close to other National and State Parks like Quuail Creek State Park and Sand Hollow State Park.

Here are the places you can stay in at Hurricane Valley:

  • Econo Lodge Hurricane Zion Park Area
  • Best Western Plus Zion West Hotel
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Zion Park Area
  • Wingate by Wyndham Hurricane/Zion National Park


Grand Canyon National Park, Kanab, Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park, Kanab, Arizona
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About 40 miles to the east of Zion National Park is a town named Kanab, which is known for its rich history and beautiful landscapes.

Kanab is an ideal place for adventure lovers, offering opportunities for hiking and canyoneering. Also, just like Hurricane Valley and St. George, Kanab is close to other National Parks like Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon’s north rim, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Places to stay in Kanab

  • Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kanab
  • Hampton Inn Kanab
  • Best Western Red Hills

Cedar City

Also known as Gateway to National Park, Cedar is home to a number of natural sites, including the Zion National Park.

Apart from its close proximity to parks, Cedar is filled with opportunities for people interested in hiking, skiing, or mountain biking and those interested in Outdoor activities.

Cedar is also known for the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Here are some of the places you can stay in Cedar City:

  • Comfort Inn & Suites
  • Best Western Plus Cedar City
  • Courtyard by Marriott Cedar City

Apart from the ones listed above, Brian Head and Parowan are also about 1 hour 20-30 minute drive away and have various attractions like Cedar National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Here are the places you can stay in Brian Head and Parowan:

  • Best Western Premier Brian Head Hotel & Spa (Brian Head)
  • Cedar Breaks Lodge (Brian Head)
  • Mountain View Lodge (Parowan)


Zion Canyon, with the hairpin curves of the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway on the canyon floor, viewed from the top of the Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion National Park, Utah

Zion Canyon, with the hairpin curves of the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway on the canyon floor, viewed from the top of the Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion National Park, Utah
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Zion National Park is known for its amazing views and hikes, and while you are on this trip, you know that a comfy and good place to stay makes all the difference.

I hope, from this guide, you will know the available options available in and around Zion National Park. So, choose wisely and enjoy your vacation.

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