Area Activities

Spring, summer, winter, or fall, activities abound. You can be as active or as relaxed as you’d like in this extraordinary place–there’s no shortage of options to keep you busy and entertained. Zion’s recreation options are numerous and exceptional. Explore hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, canyoneering, photo opportunities, community events, and so much more. Our knowledgeable staff can provide you with information you’ll need to design adventurous days: play in the canyon, stroll through town, or relax in your roomit’s all good!

Many of our partner companies extend discounts to our guests.
Inquire at the Front Desk for recommendations and information about special rates.


Springdale News & Calendar

If you’re interested in community events or seeking general information about the town, Springdale’s website lists shuttle updates, parking guidance, sporting venues, free outdoor movies, holiday festivities, and much more. This is your source for all things local!



Pa’rus Trail and Zion Canyon Scenic Drive are accessible to bicycles. All other Park trails, off-trail routes, and the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel are prohibited to cyclists. Each shuttle is fitted with a rack to hold two bicycles. Rental information is available at the Front Desk.
Zion Adventure Company
Zion Cycles
Zion National Park Biking Guide


Zion’s hidden slot canyons offer world-class opportunities for canyoneering, the exciting outdoor sport that combines hiking, rappelling, and swimming.
Amazing Adventures
Red Desert Adventure
Zion Adventure Company
Zion National Park Canyoneering Permits


Angle for wild trout and bass in lakes and streams near Zion National Park. Transportation is provided through guide services, March through November.
Fremont River Guides


Golf courses in Utah’s Dixie are known for their challenging designs, well-maintained fairways and greens, and spectacular scenery. Our year-round golf community hosts beautiful courses within a 30-minute drive. For locations and information, visit the Red Rock Golf Trail website.

Hiking & Backpacking

Zion National Park’s world famous hiking trails offer something for everyone. From the mild Riverside Walk culminating at the Narrows’ entrance, to the challenging climb toward Angel’s Landing, there are numerous choices for all hikers to explore the canyon’s beauty on foot.
Red Desert Adventure
Zion National Park Hiking Guide

Horseback Riding

Experience Zion National Park on horseback. For a truly unique vacation adventure, choose hourly or half-day trail rides along the Virgin River.
Canyon Trail Rides
Zion Canyon Trail Rides at Jacob’s Ranch

Jeep & ATV Tours

Explore Zion’s rugged backcountry by jeep or guided ATV tours.
East Zion Jeep Tours
Mild 2 Wild Rhino Tours

Zion Country Off-Road Tours
Zion Outback Safaris

Rock Climbing

Zion’s magnificent high walls are a destination point for experienced rock climbers from all over the world. Permits are not required for day climbs, but for all overnight bivouacs (three-month advance notice required.)

Amazing Adventures
Red Desert Adventure
Zion Adventure Company
Zion National Park Rock Climbing Guide

Zion Canyon Field Institute

The educational arm of the Zion Natural History Association, ZCFI offers hands-on one- to three-day classes and workshops on a variety of topics including plants and animals, geology, cultural resources, and photography.


O.C. Tanner Amphitheater

This 1,500-seat amphitheater, surrounded by the cliffs of Zion Canyon, hosts a variety of concerts throughout the summer. Enjoy live music in the heart of Springdale.
Events Schedule

Tuacahn Amphitheatre

Over the years, visitors have enjoyed quality concerts and theater productions at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre with performances by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Vienna Boys Choir, Kenny Rogers, The Osmonds, and many others. Visit their website for information about upcoming events.

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Over 50 years of world-class Shakespearean, classic, and contemporary plays have been produced at the renowned Utah Shakespeare Festival. Also presenting interactive props/costume/literary seminars, backstage tours, actor Q&As, and lively Greenshows.


David J. West Gallery

National park and area photography

Worthington Gallery

Wind sculptures, pottery, paintings, glass, fine art prints


Best Friends Animal Society

Southern Utah is home to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, a safe haven for homeless pets. Guided tours, volunteer opportunities, and on-site workshops are available throughout the year.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes

These large red sand dunes are popular for ATV riding, hiking, nature watching, or just playing in the sand (45-minute drive from Springdale).
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Grafton Ghost Town & Cemetery

Grafton was first settled in 1859 and is best known for the bicycle scene in the classic film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. This historic site offers a unique opportunity for visitors to explore an early pioneer community.

Marathons & Races

Butch Cassidy 10K/5K
The Zion Half Marathon


One of the oldest active arts councils in Southern Utah, Z-Arts brings cultural events and fine art exhibits to the Zion Canyon community and hosts an annual arts & crafts fair.

Zion Canyon Music Festival

Zion National Park is the backdrop for this two-day annual festival held in Springdale featuring live performances, food, and arts & crafts.