It's over, right? The "season?" After the Turkey and Cranberry Sauce, everyone leaves and there's nothing to do around here...isn't that what the local at the gas station told you? Well, I have a secret to tell you...winter is here, and it may actually be the BEST time of year to visit Zion.
Why might it be the best time to visit? How does this sound....you hear that? Exactly. You heard nothing, and that's because the crowds have headed home for the winter, leaving the canyon as quite as it's ever going to be. Sounds like the perfect time for a hike up Angel's Landing or The Narrows if you ask me. Grab some extra traction and a dry suit, and let's go! Need a little help along the way? We're open every day from 9am to 7pm (Closed Christmas Day) with great advice and guided trips, all winter long!
So you may be wondering, what kind of fun can I get into with ZAC, or on my own this winter? Believe it or not, we offer nearly all the same activities we do in the summer, weather permitting!
If you're visiting during the holidays, what better way to avoid the cabin fever of your hotel room than to hop on a rope and spend the day descending a technical slot canyon! Visit our Canyon Adventure Day pages for more details.
Are you more into adventures of the human powered, two wheeled variety? Great! Winter Mountain Biking in Southwestern Utah is some of the best around. Whether it's a single track trail you're looking for, or more technical slickrock terrain that is unique to the Southwest, the town of Virgin has it all. Some staff favorites include the JEM system, such as Deadringer, or Goosebumps, and Wire Mesa that has a great variety of terrain, and incredible views. With day time temperatures averaging in the mid 50s (F) in the general Zion area and 60s (F) in St. George, what better way to stretch the legs after your long drive in. Visit our Mountain Biking Page for more details!
Did you know.. you could ride on the road in Zion? Seeing the canyon from down below, and having so many options for trails that are not limited to parking spaces definitely has its perks. If you're looking for a more relaxed ride, we also rent hybrid fitness bikes, perfect for an afternoon ride up the canyon.
Prefer to keep your feet more to the ground, but still wish to have a once in a life time experience? One of our guided hiking trips might be right up your alley. We guide some of the most sought after treks in Zion, including Angel's Landing and The Narrows. These hikes see substantially less traffic this time of year, and thus offer a much more intimate experience. Narrows trips include full Gore-Tex dry suits, neoprene shoes and socks, as well as a hiking pole. Visit our Guided Narrows page for further details.
Check the weather for the Springdale, UT, area. Snow and rain during the winter can make trails icy or slippery. Either bring your own, or rent some extra traction for your feet, especially if you are looking to get into the higher elevations such as Observation Point or Angels Landing. Rockfall and ice can actually cause some trails to close. Check the park website for updates.
As you can see, the "off-season" is really just an opportunity to see a completely different side of Zion. Drive your own car up into the canyon? Check. The possibility of seeing the amazing contrast of white snow and red rock? Check. The towering walls of The Narrows draped with sparkling ice? Check.
Give us a call now to plan your own Zion winter adventure.
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