When it comes to figuring out how to visit Zion any time of year, hiking is often the number one activity most people have in mind. There’s no arguing that hiking is one of Zion National Park’s most popular activities. Angels Landing is by and far the park’s best-known trail, as well as one of the most famous—or infamous—trails in the U.S. The park is also home to over a hundred miles of other trails, including more challenging options as well as some beginner and family-friendly treks.
During your stay at The Bungalows at Zion, you’ll definitely want to do some hiking. Our Zion vacation rentals are located between stops 6 and 7 on the Springdale Shuttle Loop. You can use this shuttle to easily get to and from the park’s entrance each day, where you’ll hop on the Zion Canyon Shuttle to get to most of the park’s most popular hiking trails.
But hiking is far from the only way to explore Zion National Park. If you’re looking to give your feet a break or simply want to explore Zion in a new way, keep reading to learn how to visit Zion without hiking.
Enjoy a Scenic Drive
Need a break from the heat and a chance to get off your feet? Or maybe a good way to warm up on a chilly winter day? Have people in your group who aren’t able to go hiking? Nothing beats a scenic drive through Zion to take in the landscape and enjoy the views!
While the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is closed to traffic during the busy season, there are plenty of other roads to choose from. Perhaps the most popular is the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. This 25-mile drive takes you past Canyon Junction and the famous Mt. Carmel Tunnel, which is over a mile long.
For a shorter drive with equally stunning views, head to the Kolob Canyons Road. This 5-mile journey climbs over 1,000 feet into the air where you’ll get to see the red canyons and soaring peaks from the Kolob Canyons Viewpoint located at the top.
During the winter months, you can drive your personal vehicle into Zion’s Lower Canyon. Just make sure that you’re prepared for some potentially slick winter roads before you head out!
Cruise the Park on Two Wheels
Many new visitors to the park don’t realize that there is a paved, bike-friendly trail inside of Zion. While it’s the only trail that allows bikes, the Pa’rus Trail offers beautiful views of the park’s famous monoliths and stunning landscapes.
If you don’t want to bring your own bike, you can rent one from a few outfitters located in Springdale. Then, walk your bike into the park, and hop on the trail just past where the shuttle bus line starts. The 3.5-mile trail follows the Virgin River through the lower part of Zion Canyon.
If you’re up for an even bigger cycling adventure, you are also allowed to bike the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Closed to personal vehicles during the busy summer months, this drive gives you access to many of the park’s most popular features. But keep in mind that it is a long ride, and you’ll have to make the steep climb up the Temple of Sinawava, while also sharing the roadway with a constant stream of shuttle buses.
All other roadways in Zion are open to cyclists. However, you cannot ride through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. If your route will take you through it, you’ll need to plan to have someone pick you up and shuttle you through, or do as many cyclists in the park do and hitchhike!
If you’re not quite up to pedaling Zion’s ever-changing elevations, another great way to explore the park is with an e-bike rental. With the help of an electric motor, you can cruise through the park with ease while enjoying the incredible sights, no shuttle buses required!
More than 80 percent of Americans live in a place where they can’t see the Milky Way at night. If you fall into that category, stargazing should definitely be on your itinerary during your Zion lodging stay.
Zion National Park is one of the best places in the country to take in the night skies. The park has taken steps to reduce light pollution at its facilities. At Zion Canyon Visitor Center, Zion Lodge, and the Zion Human History Museum, you’ll find specially designed outdoor lights that direct the light downward rather than towards the sky.
When you visit Zion, you won’t have to go far, or even do much planning, to enjoy this activity. Simply head outside on a clear night and look up! In fact, you’ll enjoy stunning views from just outside of your private Bungalow at The Bungalows at Zion. Our two-story Bungalows even feature an outdoor balcony with chairs where you can relax and take in the night sky.
How to Visit Zion Without Hiking
When it comes to how to visit Zion without hiking, you have plenty of options to choose from. Whether you’re exploring the park on two wheels or enjoying an evening of stargazing on your patio at The Bungalows at Zion, these are some of the best ways to see the park in a whole new way.
If you’ve never had a chance to experience Zion during the off-season, there’s never been a better time. Right now, when you book a stay of two or more nights through March 15, you’ll enjoy a 40 percent discount on your entire booking. Book today to take advantage of this amazing deal!