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Quiz: How Many Days Will You Need in Zion?

Zion National Park is one of the most spectacular places in the Southwest. It’s home to coppery sandstone cliffs, a 2,000-foot-deep canyon and 100 miles of wilderness trails. Millions of visitors flock to the area every single year to catch a glimpse of its beauty and connect with nature. 

How should you prepare for a visit to the park? We’ve come up with a short quiz to give you an idea of how long you should spend at Zion. 

1. How often do you plan on hiking? 

A. Every day!
B. Maybe one or two trails
C. Not at all 

2. Will you be visiting other National Parks during this trip? 

A. Yes, at least 2 more
B. Yes, Zion and one other
C. There are other NP’s in the area? 

3. How many tours will you be taking? 

A.    As many as I can
B.    One or two
C.     None, I want to explore on my own 

4. Will you be bringing kids? 

A.    Nope!
B.    Yes, but they’re older
C.     Yes, we will be bringing little ones 

5. What time of year is your visit? 

A.    Spring
B.    Fall or winter
C.   Summer 

6. Do you plan on using the shuttle buses to get around? 

A.    No, I’d rather hike or bike
B.    I might hop on for a few stops
C.     Yes, the whole time 

If you answered mostly A’s: You’re going to need a bit more time to explore. We suggest you plan at least 5-7 days for your trip to Zion National Park. If you’re an avid hiker, take your time visiting popular (and strenuous) day hikes such as Angels Landing, Zion Narrows Day Hike, and Observation Point Trail. To avoid hunger and dehydration, pack plenty of water and snacks before you set out. Besides hiking, you can participate in ranger-led activities April through October. Click here for a full list of programs. 

If you answered mostly B’s: You will likely need 3-4 days to navigate around much of the park. This amount of time allows visitors to slow down and take in the natural beauty without having to feel rushed. With the extra time, you’ll be able to enjoy an early sunrise, or stick around for sunset to experience the myriad colors that reflect off the glistening canyons. 

If you answered mostly C’s: You won’t need as much time to see Zion. Typically, when you’re not much of a hiker or have young children in tow, Zion can be done in a 1- or 2-day trip. Give yourself enough time to catch a few shuttle rides and sightsee. You may even want to set aside a day to do a scenic drive in your personal vehicle around the park.

No matter how long you spend wandering through Zion National Park, it’s important to find a comfy, cozy place to lay your head at the end of the day. Located only 35 minutes away, Parry Lodge is a historic base camp to settle into during your Southern Utah adventure.

To learn more about lodging near other National Parks, visit our website at and start planning your trip today.


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