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Zion National Park Backpacking Trip: What You Need to Know

Heading to Zion National Park for a once-in-a-lifetime backpacking experience? Sounds fun! At Forever Resorts, we’re always down for a little fun and adventure. To help you prepare for your trip, we’ve gathered up some knowledge about what you need to know before you set out on your Zion National Park backpacking trip.

Without further ado, here’s what you need to know about…


You need one. We do not recommend backpacking overnight without one. You can pick one up at the visitor’s center the day before or the day of your trip, so plan accordingly. Hiking The Narrows? Visit this website to make your reservations.


The saying goes, “If you pack it in, you must pack it out.” This goes for pretty much every national park in the world. Zion is no different. Carry small trash bags with you on your journey as you collect your empty water bottles, snack wrappers, and pretty much everything else. This includes human waste…yes, we went there.


As much as you want to feed that cute little squirrel…we highly suggest you don’t. Animals can become outrageously aggressive when food is involved. On a similar note, it’s wise to keep a safe distance from any wildlife you encounter, even if they do look friendly and oh so cuddly.


Not in our house. Unfortunately, campfires are not allowed in the wilderness. An alternative would be a gas stove.


Respect it. Do not go stomping around crushing plants or kicking canyon walls. Imagine someone walking into your home and destroying everything in sight. Not cool, right? Do your best to leave everything in tact so others can enjoy it for years to come too.


Are a no-go. But if you do plan on bringing Fido along with you on your southern Utah vacay, Parry Lodge offers pet-friendly accommodations.

If you’re looking to extend your stay near Zion, why not book a night or two at the historic Parry Lodge? Enjoy a warm meal, a hot shower and a comfy bed after a long weekend of backpacking through the wilderness. We invite you to check out our website to learn more about our adventure tours and lodging near some of the most popular national parks in the U.S. 


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