Hidden Gems – City Parks in Springdale

Posted at November 20th, 2015
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Did you know that Springdale has some of the prettiest city parks you’ll find anywhere? And one of them is tucked back a bit so 99% of people who visit Zion don’t even know it exists! Well here’s the low down on two of them, with our favorite being the hidden gem of sorts.


This city park has one of the most picturesque sand volleyball courts you’ll find anywhere. Just look at that view! Playing a pick-up game of sand volleyball on those courts is something that you won’t soon forget. And lucky enough the mild winters in Springdale mean you can often play here even during the winter months. They take great care of the courts, in fact when this picture was taken last week there was an older gentleman who helped construct the courts years ago, out shoveling the sand to make sure the courts were in playable condition.

There’s more than just volleyball courts here too, in fact right behind the sand volleyball courts there are some tennis courts that have an equally astounding view of the canyons of Zion. And behind those there are some pickelball courts as well. So if it’s tennis or pickelball that fits your fancy this park has you covered both ways.

Next to the volleyball court in Zion there’s a children’s play area that is sure to keep the little ones entertained. And if that doesn’t there’s also a soccer/baseball field right next to both of them where you could set them free to run and play until their hearts are content.

And last but not least, there is a pavilion and picnic tables available as well. So if you’re looking to do some small bar-be-queuing then you’re in luck. All in all this is one of the best small town parks west of the Mississippi.

You’ll find this park right next to the Springdale town hall off of Lion Blvd. And here’s a map to it as well:

Springdale River Park

The other park is one that’s hard to miss as it’s right off of the main drive through Springdale heading into Zion. It has some picnic tables set up, bathrooms available, and a bridge over the virgin river that is incredibly scenic. You really can’t go wrong taking a quick break at this little park off of the main drive. Especially during the fall (the picture below was taken just a week ago), the falls come a little later here, and last a little longer than most places in southern Utah, so a late fall picnic to a place like the Springdale River Park is something you should definitely add to your list.


Fall in Zion Canyon

Posted at November 13th, 2015
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There are few things we love more than fall in Zion Canyon. The colors, the temperature, the views, the fun. Not to mention all of the events that are going on this fall. From the live music every weekend, to the 10k runs, to the bike races. There really is so much to see and do out here.

So come soon and come often to Zion Canyon, especially in the fall.

Virgin River Meandering through the Mountains of Z by Phil Bird LRPS CPAGB on 500px.com

Southern Utah is an Incredibly Beautiful Place

Posted at September 11th, 2015
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We might be a bit biased, but we think that southern Utah is one of the prettiest places in America. The diversity you’ll find, the stunning rock structures you’ll find, and the towering trees and trails you’ll find make for just a splendid place to live. Zion National Park itself offers out-worldly beauty, but even beyond just Zion this video illustrates that there are amazing things to see and do here.

Southern Utah…Home Sweet Home. from Ben Braten on Vimeo.

Which makes being a place to stay in Zion that much more fun. Because not only can you see and do fabulous things right outside your room here, but within just a few minutes of a car drive you can be boating at Sand Hollow, mountain biking at Warner Valley, skiing at Brian Head, or any other of a number of things.

Going ATV riding along the rim out in Smith Mesa is one of our favorite thing, it gives you incredible views not only of Zion, but places like Gooseberry Mesa, and Pine Valley. As well you’re out where few other people are, so there’s an immense sense of calmness when you’re out there.

This video also shows another one of our favorite places, Pine Valley and its little reservoir. Pine Valley is so much different than the red rocks of Zion, which makes it a bit of fresh air. The towering pines are beautiful, and the valley itself makes for a wonderful place to picnic and hang out for a few hours. There’s a steak house in the town, and an old ice cream parlor, both of which are so very tasty.

And last but not least Tuacahn is the best place in southern Utah to catch a live show or play. Their productions are top notch, including many from Disney itself. So come prepared for a show that is 100% professional, with amazing props, and fantastic actors. All with one of the more beautiful backdrops you’ll find anywhere around.

The Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion

Posted at August 14th, 2015
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The Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion is one of the more popular hikes in Zion. For a couple reasons, the view is amazing, and the approach is quite simple. You’ll encounter the young to the old on this trail, as there is very little uphill, and the trail itself is short.

But as you can see from the views they are hard to match. In fact you’ll feel a little guilty to have such a view with such little investment.

canyon overlook trail

Getting There:

The trail head is just after the tunnel so it’s super easy to find. As soon as you go through the tunnel you’ll pass a guard station, and just after the guard station is where the trail starts.

The Trail:

You’ll climb just a bit at first and then most of the uphill is over. After that you’ll be walking along the canyon overlooking the start to Pine Creek Canyon (a technical canyon). Before long you’ll come to a wooden bridge that’s pretty fun to walk along while looking down below you. After the bridge there’s an alcove that you walk under that is quite interesting and a good spot to take a quick break at if need be.

overlook trail

You’ll have a another slight incline through rocked steps and then be very near the end. As you keep heading west you’ll soon see the end of the hike and a the million dollar view.

It’s quite inspiring to come to the edge of the Canyon Overlook and to see clear down the canyon. To see all of the switch backs that you came up in your car below. If you look to the left (or south) then you’ll often see people exciting the Pine Creek as they walk along the creek bottom.

Make certain to take a quick lunch with you so you can linger on the edge, truly the view from the Overlook in Zion is one of the better views you’ll see. So if you’re coming to Zion make certain to not miss out on the Canyon Overlook Trail.

overlook trail in zion canyon

Breathtaking Zion

Posted at August 7th, 2015
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For those of you who are looking at coming to Zion in late September and into October, you should be lucky enough to catch the park in a flush of autumn colors.

This video is very well done. Enjoy :)

A Moment in Zion from Andrew Julian on Vimeo.

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Pictures From a Walk Along the River River in Zion

Posted at July 16th, 2015
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We took stroll down to the Virgin River yesterday and captured some images that we just had to pass along. Zion National Park is so vibrant and fun this time of year. Even the little things like reeds along the banks of the Virgin River make for a fantastic day.


Benefits to Biking Rather Than Riding a Car or Bus in Zion

Posted at July 10th, 2015
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What is riding a bike for you? If you are a youngster, riding a bike is an inalienable part of your life as you still do not have enough money for your own car. Some young people even reject all the comfort and speed of cars and prefer to continue riding a bike, but they are looking forward to buying a beach cruiser or even a motorbike.


No one says that biking in a place like Zion is a more comfortable way than riding a car for getting from point A to B, but on a bike you feel that it is actually you whose strength is put into making the wheels drive; nothing else but the work of your muscles. Whereas when you drive a car, you need gas. Moreover, the big plus of cycling is that you are improving your health by making your muscles work, in which you develop your character and health. Plus riding a bike in Zion also offers some of the most fantastic views you can ever see.

Mountain Biking in Zion Benefits

Most mountain bikers ride for the thrill and excitement of it but in addition to that, you will also get health benefits of it as well. Although gashes and bruises are considered part of mountain biking, you should not be discouraged as you will develop your endurance as well as muscle growth. Again mountain biking in Zion National Park offers views of the canyon you just can’t get elsewhere.

Mountain biking is also a great workout for your back especially during ascends. To maximize the exercise on your back, stand up on your pedals as you go up the hill.

It is also a great aerobic exercise which means that you get the same benefits found in running. One advantage of biking to running is that in cycling, the impact is spread to your arms, legs, and buttocks which helps prevent injuries especially on the knees.

Lastly, mountain biking is a great way of meeting new people especially now that mountain biking is getting more popular. You may stop at your local bike shop and inquire on any scheduled group cycling. Joining in this kind of gathering is helpful as you get to share your ideas about biking and other things as well as gain knowledge and advices.

Hiking and Camping – Water Discipline Tips in Zion Canyon

Posted at June 12th, 2015
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Many people know the fact that people can survive without any food for several days and weeks, but without water they cannot survive even for a couple of days. Also the survival period is based on the weather conditions. When you are trekking or trailing in thick forest line, when the sun comes out you feel like drinking a lot of water, as these activities require a lot of water, because you lose most of your body water through breathing out and sweating. So when you’re visiting Zion National Park, and specifically if you’re going to be doing any hiking in Zion, then take note so you can stay safe.

During trekking occasionally people get sick due to dehydration and it may surprise you that even in tropical areas trekking causes severe problems if you do not drink lot of water. You may not be able to get water at regular trails, trekkers who are new to these places are not aware of these facts and you may not find any water ponds in some areas. In some places the stored water or pond water is not good for cooking or drinking.


Therefore, it is very to carry a lot of water while trekking, to keep hydrated all through the day. Also it is important to get familiar with a place like Zion Canyon before you start venturing out, and find where you can find water sources. So that you will keep you hydrated and you can enjoy the beauties of Zion National park peacefully.

Important tips to follow:

  1. Water preservation can only happen when you are able to conserve water only for purpose, it begins with meal preparation. While cooking use minimal water for washing and cooking, use only the amount of water required for washing vessels.
  2. While you are camping, make sure that to cook easy foods like instant noodles instead of cooking rice and curry. So that you can save time and water as well.
  3. In case there is water scarcity in the route where you choose to trek, then make sure that you carry lot of water in your bag. It is very important for you to drink a lot of water to keep you hydrated till you reach some water source. It is always better to prepare well, than to regret.
  4. Refill all empty bottles where ever you find fresh water, don’t think that you have to carry heavy load, remember it is keeping you safe and giving you energy. So for your wellness you must carry lots of water, especially when you are trekking.
  5. Whenever you are thirsty drink a small glass of water, don’t drink the whole bottle at once, it may cause more discomfort. Drink small amounts of water so that it comes out as sweat, but if you are really thirsty, then you should drink as much as you want.
  6. If you are not having enough water to sustain the entire trip, then trick your brain by swishing small amount of water to freshen your mouth before gulp into, so that your stomach sends signals to the brains that it had enough water for now.
  7. In case of lot of scarcity of water sources in camping sites, then make sure to use minimal water and use paper towels mostly for cleaning purpose.
  8. If you want to brush your teeth after every meal, then instead of brushing use Listerine to clean your mouth. The recent studies suggesting that after rinsing your mouth put some water in your mouth and swish it and swallow the water. This keeps you healthy in many ways and keeps your fit for many reasons and also helps you save water.
  9. When you’ve planned a long trip in Zion, pack some useful vitamins, proteins, and energy drinks so that you will stay fit and also you can stay huger free for longer periods of time. Pack some dry nuts and fruits to keep your huger at bay when you are hiking or trailing. Eat good stuff and stay healthy while you are on trip.
  10. When you are on limited food supply, practice this drill which you might have learned during elementary school years. Chew your food for 20 times before swallowing, this drill can help you consume less food and makes you feel full.
  11. Too keep your cloths dry on rainy day, pack a set of rain-gear cloths to keep you dry and they also require no washing, which helps you save water and time.
  12. Pack cloths that are easy to dry, avoid cottons when you are going for hiking, trekking. Cotton cloths take time to dry and they occupy lots of space.
  13. Pack polyester clothes because they are more resilient and wick better. Use microfleece or polarfleece pants and shirts but pack wools only for survival, to keep you warm during cold days.
  14. Pack lot of energy bars, cereal bars, and energy drink. You must take care of your health while you are on trip.

Conclusion: Water discipline is very important when you are trekking and camping in a place like Zion National Park. You should also drink lot of water to keep you hydrated. Therefore you should understand clearly how you can save water and consume water only when it is required.

Incredible Weekend Biking Experience in Zion

Posted at April 23rd, 2015
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Biking in Zion National park is one of my favorite things to do. You don’t think there are many places to go, but allow me to tell you about my experience biking Zion a couple of weeks ago.

We started biking right in the middle of Springdale, about where the park is. Our goal was to have the entire experience not just the in the park experience. We wanted to ride by the shops and stores outside of the park grounds. There’s just something fun about biking in Springdale. People are so happy and excited to be there. And as we kept getting closer to the park entrance we only got more and more excited to be there.


We took the east walking bridge entrance and began our journey along the Pa Rus trail that first goes through the campgrounds, and then heads up along the Virgin River. They’ve added some fantastic bridges that cross over the Virgin that really makes for a fantastic time as you ride. The Virgin River is a very pretty river, so biking along its banks makes for a beautiful ride.

There’s one point along the Pa Rus trail where you can easily get off the trail and go down by the river to soak in the setting. The river here cascades down some boulders that make for a really pretty place to stop, and take in the beauty of the scene.

We continued riding up the trail, and couldn’t help but love the bridges along the way. They really make for a great ride, to give you that birds eye view of the Virgin below you.

Before long the Pa Rus trail ends and that’s when we jumped on board the shuttles. The shuttles have 4 bike racks you can use to take you right to the top (of the Temple of Sinawa aka the Narrows). Once here we began the most exciting aspect of our biking in Zion journey, and started down the road.


Since there are no cars then you have the road almost all to yourself, except for the occasional shuttle that passes by you. There’s just something amazing about riding a bike down Zion Canyon. Seeing her walls from your bike as you go wizzing by. Big Bend, the Patriachs, all of them are just so beautiful when you’re riding a bike.

You can even stop, and take a quick break at the Lodge like we did before our journey continued down the road. It really is an incredible experience to ride a bike in Zion.

Zion Fee Free Day This Weekend

Posted at April 17th, 2015
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This weekend is opening week for National Parks and to celebrate they’re offering fee free access on Saturday and Sunday April 18th and 19th.

Fee Free Day: NPS