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Things to Do Near Zion National Park

Map to Harvest House B&B in Springdale UtahZion National Park is one of the most popular vacation destinations among the American National Parks and it lies right outside the front door of our Springdale bed and breakfast. Harvest House is a great option for Zion accommodations.

In addition to Zion National Park, Springdale is a convenient base camp for visiting the many other fascinating attractions in Southern Utah. Springdale offers 11 different dining experiences, shopping, art galleries and a myriad of other activities.

This map shows our location in the town of Springdale, which is at the main entrance to Zion National Park. Springdale and Zion National Park are 2 ½ hours drive from Las Vegas, NV and 4 hours from Salt Lake City, UT. Springdale and the surrounding Zion National Park area offer many activities to keep you busy for several days.

The list below is just a sample.

Zion National Park

A labyrinth of deep sandstone canyons, which extend over 30 miles from end to end and covers 229 square miles. Zion National Park, with its many canyons, contains 75 species of mammals, 271 birds, 32 reptiles and amphibians and 8 fish in the streams and rivers.

Protected within Zion National Park is a spectacular cliff-and-canyon landscape and wilderness full of the unexpected including Kolob Arch - the world's largest natural land arch - with a span that measures 310 feet. 

Zion National Park Entrance Fee Rates:
  • $12.00 Single Person Entry into Zion National Park by foot, bicycle, or motorcycle for 7 days.
  • $25.00 Single Vehicle Entry Valid at Zion National Park for 7 days.
  • $10.00 Golden Age Passport Lifetime pass, available to U.S. residents 62 years old and over, valid at all Federal fee areas.
  • $80.00 Golden Eagle Passport Valid at all Federal entrance fee parks or areas for 1 year from month of purchase.

The Zion Park Tunnel
  • There are size restrictions on vehicles traveling through the 1.1-mile (1.7 km) tunnel on the Zion National Park - Mt. Carmel Highway (SR9).
  • The tunnel height at its east entrance is 11 feet 4 inches (3.5 m).
  • A $15 fee may be required for escort service for large vehicles through the narrow tunnel.
  • Parking of large vehicles is regulated in various locations throughout the Park during the summer.
Entrance to Zion National ParkSlot Canyon in Zion National ParkEmerald Falls in Zion National Park in Utah


Zion National Park offers many trails ranging from short "leg-stretcher" walks to strenuous adventures. If you wish to go into the backcountry it is best to check in at the visitor center in Zion National Park for detailed information on the trails of your choice.

Be sure to bring proper gear for all weather conditions. Even on the warmest day, storms can bring cooler temperatures to the higher regions of the park.

Click for guided hiking or trail information.
Hiking in Zion National Park


The Pa'rus Trail offers a paved, carefree alternative for bicyclists to connect with the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Shuttle buses are equipped with bike racks. Biking is a great experience in and outside of the park with many trails in the surrounding area that will take you to scenic overlooks and through some spectacular backcountry.

Check for more details with a local bike shop.
Bicycling in Zion National Park

Horseback Riding

Inside and outside of Zion National Park you may enjoy riding horseback along scenic trails and to scenic overlooks. Horseback riding in this area takes you back to the times of the old west when many were discovering this region for the first time.

Options for riding are for one hour through a full day or multi-day ride.  View more details at Canyon Trail Rides.
Horseback Riding in Zion National Park

ATV Tours

In the areas surrounding Zion National Park you’ll find some spectacular back country and there are few better ways to see more of the scenery than on your own All Terrain Vehicle.

Guided tour operators will show you how to operate the machines and then lead you on your adventure.  View more information about ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours.
ATV Tours in Zion National Park


Zion National Park offers the photographer many opportunities to explore color, texture, and light. From the valley floor to the highest plateau the scenes change at every turn. Foliage on trails will make an excellent frame to your scenes. Sunrise and sunset present significant changes to lighting on the faces of canyon walls.

There is plenty of wildlife (Turkey, Deer, Lizards, Insects, Squirrels and a wide range of native birds) and the river through the park is spectacular throughout the day. When it rains you’ll find an even more picturesque experience with waterfalls coming down over every rock face.

Get inspired by visiting the gallery of our resident photographer, Michael Fatali.
Wildlife Photography in Zion National Park

Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theater

Every day this theater shows an incredible film on Zion National Park. You’ll see things in the film that you would not otherwise see. Also available are other large format films and first run movies shown every night.

For details, visit Zion Canyon Theater.
Movie Screen

O.C. Tanner Amphitheater

Frequently you will find some excellent and even world-class entertainment at this amphitheater located in Springdale, Utah. The setting is spectacular and the seating capacity is over 2,500.
Ask for details by calling (435) 652-7994 or click below to schedule a reservation.

Visit the Dixie State University website for more information.
OC Tanner Ampitheater at Dixie State University

Bumbleberry Playhouse

Nightly entertainment is available here with an excellent musical revue now playing. Ask us for details on tickets or visit for more information.
Theater Drama Performance in Springdale, Utah