Are you visiting Zion? Explore it with one of these guided tours – TheTravel | Gmx Pharm

Zion National Park is Utah’s oldest national park and one of the most popular in the country. It is known internationally for being absolutely stunning – especially Zion Canyon – the centerpiece of the park. The park is known for its stunning land formations, wildlife, and stunning color palette. Zion is also a great place for canyoning – the park has countless hidden and inaccessible gorges.

Zion is best explored by tour, and there are many types of tours to choose from. These tours truly open up the park’s four life zones, wildlife, canyons, mountains, canyons, natural arches, prehistoric history and more. Zion is definitely worth a visit and one should plan ahead to visit and what to do there at the best time.

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Helicopter tours in Zion National Park

Zion Helicopters is a tour company that offers many helicopter tour options for different budgets. These range from $99 to $535. An example of their tours is the 55-mile Zion Canaan Cliffs Tour, which combines the helicopter tour with a landing on Zion Butte.

  • Duration: 1 hour (of which 30 minutes flight time)
  • See: Canaan Mountain Wilderness Area, including West Zion, Kolob Canyons and Smith Mesa
  • Contains: Land on a butte and walk around
  • Picnic: Enjoy a picnic with 360 degree views

Price:

  • Non-private tour: $324 (per person)
  • private flight: $1,275 (2-3 passengers)
  • private flight: $1,925 (4-6 passengers)

It is also possible to book a private tour instead of a group tour.

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4×4 and Jeep tours in Zion National Park

Another way to explore Zion is on an off-road tour. There are also many options for off-road tours with different durations, different destinations and different times (e.g. sunset tours). An East Zion Adventures tour — the Brushy Cove & Elevator Road Jeep Tour — is an example of a typical jeep tour.

The tour lasts 1.5 hours and is suitable for all ages from two years. Climb over 1500 feet on the tour and be greeted with breathtaking views of East Zion. You will use your customized Jeep Wrangler with open sides – these can accommodate up to 9 people.

Price:

  • Adult: $99.00
  • Youth: $89.00 (12-17 years)

Views of the West Temple, Checkerboard Mesa, the Narrows and other prominent Zion landmarks. Keep an eye out for wild turkey, mule deer, moose, or even the occasional mountain lion and black bear.

Riding Lessons in Zion

Horseback riding is one of the greatest ways to really get the feel of the park and enjoy it in a more intimate way. There are many horseback riding tours in the park. An example of a tour is the White Sands Sunset Horseback Ride.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age: Restricted to persons aged 12 and over
  • Weight Limit: 220 pounds
  • Costs: $99.00

This is a very romantic and fun way to explore the park. Enjoy breathtaking views of the red rocks and drive along the base of Red Hollow and White Mountain.

The tour is suitable for all riders – even for beginners without riding experience. The tour includes a short riding lesson for inexperienced riders.

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Walking Tours of Zion (and Abandoned Mines)

Along with exciting helicopter, ATV and horseback tours, there are always good old-fashioned hiking tours. There are many hiking tours in the park (some of which combine with a UTV ride or with overnight camping).


A hike that leads to a more unusual attraction in Zion is the Abandoned Mine Hike. Like many places in America, there was once a mining operation here, but it’s now inhabited by bats and ghosts. The tour is an opportunity to explore the history of the mine.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Terrain: Mild/Robust
  • Age: No restrictions

The tour departs from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort and travels to the mine in a 4WD. Along the way, enjoy sweeping views of Zion National Park with stunning views of Narrows and the West Temple.

The mile is about a quarter mile from the trailhead (which passes antique mining equipment).

These are just a few of the many tours offered in Zion. The Zion National Park website provides a list of local companies offering various tours.

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