Of all of the places in the St. George area that are rich in culture and history, Zion National Park ranks at the top of the list. Known as Utah’s first National Park, Zion is a storied site that has beautiful canyons, towering land forms, and a wide variety of plants and wildlife. It’s a dream for any nature lover, biker, or hiker, but it’s understandable that some people may not want to have a physically taxing adventure while enjoying all that Zion National Park has to offer. Touring the area on foot with children in tow can also be a challenge. For such visitors, a scenic drive is the perfect solution.
A scenic drive is essentially a self guided tour. During Zion National Park’s off-season, guests are permitted to drive their own cars through the canyon. This is a wonderful opportunity, as hiking through the area isn’t always ideal. By taking a scenic tour of the park, you can see all of its sights while snuggled in the comfort of your own car, enjoying the company of your family and friends.
The route for Zion’s scenic drive through Zion Canyon is 6.5 miles long. Among the majestic views are the 2,000 foot red rock towers and the Virgin River. Those who enjoy birding will enjoy seeing the many species that call Zion National Park home. You can also take wonderful photos and have an experience of a lifetime, all while touring the area by car. If you’d like a longer tour, you can take the scenic byway at the intersection of Highway 9 and Interstate 15 that runs about 54 miles. This route includes Zion National Park as well as several other parks and historic sites – all Utah state gems.
Scenic drives through Zion National Park are affordable, and you only need to pay one fee to drive through. If you choose to take the scenic byway and are planning to drive an RV or large vehicle, a nominal escort fee is charged to go through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel.
For those wanting to get a closer look at the animals, beautiful views, and historical sites within Zion National Park, this scenic drive is a must-do.