Ultimate Two-Day Guide to Zion National Park

Discover the magnificence of Zion National Park in just two days with my expert guide!


As a seasoned adventurer and travel blogger, I’ve been lucky enough to explore some of the most breathtaking national parks in the United States. So, when I decided to embark on a two-day journey to Zion National Park in southwestern Utah, I knew I was in for a treat. The park boasts some of the most stunning geological formations, breathtaking views, and vibrant wildlife that the country has to offer. As with all my travels, my goal was to provide my readers with a comprehensive guide that covers everything they need to know to make the most of their visit. Join me on this epic adventure to Zion National Park, as we explore all that it has to offer!

Day 1: Exploring Zion National Park

As I arrived at Zion National Park, I couldn’t help but feel excited about all the adventures that awaited me. With over 229 square miles of stunning natural beauty, Zion is a hiker’s paradise. I started my day early, eager to explore the park’s hiking trails and scenic drives.

First on my list was the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, a 6-mile stretch of road that offers breathtaking views of the park’s red rock formations. As I drove along the road, I couldn’t help but marvel at the towering cliffs and steep canyons that surrounded me.

Next, I decided to tackle the Weeping Rock Trail, a short but steep hike that leads to a beautiful overhanging rock formation that “weeps” water droplets. The hike was a bit challenging, but the views from the top were worth every step.

For lunch, I stopped at the Red Rock Grill, a popular eatery that serves up delicious burgers, sandwiches, and salads. The restaurant also offers vegetarian and gluten-free options, making it a great spot for everyone.

After lunch, I joined a guided tour of the park’s lower canyon, where I got to see some of Zion’s most iconic landmarks up close. The tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining, and I learned a lot about the park’s history and geology.

As the day started to wind down, I made my way to the Canyon Overlook Trail, a moderate hike that takes you to a stunning viewpoint overlooking the park’s canyon. The hike was a bit challenging, but the views from the top were absolutely breathtaking.

Overall, Day 1 at Zion National Park was a huge success. I can’t wait to see what Day 2 has in store for me!

Lunchtime Break

After a morning of hiking and exploring, I was ready for a break and some lunch. Luckily, Zion National Park offers a variety of dining options for all tastes and budgets. One of my personal favorites is the Zion Lodge Dining Room, which offers a buffet-style lunch with stunning views of the surrounding scenery. For a more casual option, the Red Rock Grill offers burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

If you’re looking for something quick and easy, there are several snack bars located throughout the park. I recommend trying the famous Zion National Park cinnamon rolls, which are available at several locations.

If you prefer to bring your own food, there are several picnic areas located throughout the park. I recommend stopping by the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to pick up a park map and find the perfect spot for a picnic lunch with a view. Whatever your dining preference, Zion National Park has plenty of options to satisfy your hunger and fuel your next adventure.

Afternoon Activities

After a morning of exploring the stunning vistas and breathtaking trails of Zion National Park, I was ready for some more outdoor adventure. Luckily, there were plenty of options to choose from.

For those looking for a more guided experience, there are several guided tours available in the park. From jeep tours to horseback riding, there’s something for everyone. I decided to take a guided hike with a park ranger to learn more about the geology and history of the area. It was fascinating to learn about the park’s unique rock formations and how they were formed over millions of years.

For those traveling with kids, there are also plenty of family-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained. The Junior Ranger program is a great way to get kids engaged with the park’s history and conservation efforts. There are also several easy trails that are perfect for families with young children.

Overall, I was impressed with the variety of activities available in Zion National Park. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a family with young kids, there’s something for everyone.