10 Ways to Experience Zion National Park Without Leaving Your Car


A wonderland of red rocks, canyons, and rivers. Whether you want to enjoy scenic views, spot wildlife, or learn about the park’s history, you can do it all from the comfort of your car.  

This is the main road that runs through the heart of the park, offering spectacular views of the towering cliffs and the Virgin River. 

Drive the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive 


This is the eastern road that connects Zion to Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon National Park. 

Drive the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway 


This is the northern road that leads to the less-visited Kolob Canyons section of the park. 

Drive the Kolob Canyons Road 


This is the western road that ascends to the Kolob Terrace, a high-elevation area that offers a different perspective of the park.  

Drive the Kolob Terrace Road 


This is a 9-mile-long dirt road that runs south of the park, parallel to the Virgin River. 

Drive the Smithsonian Butte National Back Country Byway 


Zion National Park is known for its stunning colors, especially during the golden hours of the day. 

Watch the sunrise or sunset 


Zion National Park is home to a variety of animals, some of which you can see from your car. 

Spot wildlife 


Zion National Park has a rich and diverse history, dating back to thousands of years ago.  

Learn about the park’s history 


Zion National Park has several picnic areas where you can enjoy a meal with a view. You can bring your own food, or buy some from the park’s concessionaires.  

Enjoy a picnic 


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