Do not vist Zion in the summer ........until you read this
The summer months in Zion tend to be the busiest and hottest months of the year. In the summer, May through September, temps can reach up to 110 degrees in the heat of the day. Springdale and the surrounding towns are bustling with tourists, no vacancy signs greet you at every hotel, and restaurants are packed to the brim.
So does this mean you shouldn’t visit Zion in the summer? It most certainly does not!
It just means that to visit Zion in the summer, there is a bit of extra planning involved. Zion is absolutely beautiful in the summer, and there are lots of great things to do, so read along and let me show you how it's done! :-)
In this blog post you will find....
Tips for navigating the shuttle
The 5 best water hikes
Tips to avoid the crowds
Fun summer activities in Zion
The best ways to beat the heat
NAVIGATING THE SHUTTLE IN THE SUMMER
Mid-day shuttle lines can be hours long, especially on weekends and holidays. Trust me on this; you do not want to be standing in a long shuttle line in the heat of the day.
The Zion shuttle only runs to Zion Canyon. All other areas of the park you will drive to.
To get on the shuttle, you will park at the Visitor Center which typically fills up by 8 am. So make sure you get to the park before 8 am for the best parking.
If you are staying in Springdale, you can ride the Springdale shuttle directly to the visitor center. Once parking fills up in the visitor center, you will need to park in Springdale and take the shuttle to the visitor center.
Avoid long lines by going into the park later in the day if going earlier isn't an option. The shuttle lines tend to die out around 2-3pm.
HOW TO HIKE ZION IN THE SUMMER
Zion National Park in summer is the greenest and most beautiful time of the year. It is also scorching, with temps reaching 110ºF during July and August. My best advice for hiking Zion in the summer is to start before sunrise, take lots of water, and choose hikes that run along a stream or river. Starting your hike later in the day is also a great option. Shady trails are your friend.
Check out our five favorite water hikes!
Located in the Kolob Canyon section of Zion, this 5.5 miles round trip hike runs along a stream the whole time. There are two historic cabins along the trail that are intresting. The double arch alcove at the end is a great spot for lunch and snacks. Even if the kiddos don't make it all the way to the end it is worth it to hike along the stream for a ways and enjoy the scenery.
Located at the last shuttle stop in the main canyon, The Narrows starts once you step off the paved trail of Riverside Walk. Bring walking sticks for added support. If hiking with kids, take lots of snacks and plan plenty of time for the kids to play in the water. ALWAYS check the weather before you head into a narrow canyon. Flash floods are always possible.
Not normally thought of as a water hike, the Pa'Rus trail starts at the visitor center goes past the south campground and along the Virgin River. Because it runs along the river, you can take one of the many side paths down to the water to cool off in the river. It is such a great trail for a leisurely evening stroll with the kiddos.