Activities & Directions in Southern Utah Zion Area
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.
HikingZion 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.
For guided hiking or trail information follow the link below:
BicyclingThe 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 shops.
Horseback RidingInside 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.
ATV RidingIn 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.
River TubingYou may ride the river when the water levels are high. Take a nice cool adventure ride through the park and into the town of Springdale via the Virgin River.
This is the river that carved the deep and grandiose canyons of Zion National Park.
PhotographyZion 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.
Zion Canyon Giant Screen TheaterEvery 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.
O.C. Tanner AmphitheaterFrequently 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
Bumbleberry PlayhouseNightly entertainment is available here with an excellent musical revue now playing.
Ask us for details on tickets.
The Lakehouse Bed & BreakfastIf your travel plans take you anywhere near Lake Arrowhead, CA we would like to recommend our friends Jim & Debi Keys at the Lakehouse Bed and Breakfast. This is a cute B&B nestled un the pines across from Lake Arrowhead.
The Lakehouse Bed and Breakfast