Red rock hiking adventure out West.

By Travel + Leisure
April 21, 2013
NPS Photo / Amy Gaiennie

Utah’s most famous park is a sublime—and easy—getaway. The 229-acre expanse is filled with sandstone monoliths, winding canyons, and high summits with panoramic views. During the peak season (April through October), you’ll drive to the visitor’s center then hop aboard a shuttle to travel into the depths of the canyon. But, happily, it’s open year-round and experiences relatively mild winters.

Zion National Park

Head to Zion National Park’s Visitor Center at the Zion Canyons entrance, where you can get oriented, and board the shuttle that goes into the stunning sandstone rock canyons. You’ll see natural wonders like the Grotto, Weeping Rock, and the Temple of Sinawava; from Sinawava, hikers should take the easy one-mile walk to the dramatic and twisting Narrows canyons.

Zion Lodge

Staying here lets you roll out of bed and onto a trail (it’s right across from the Emerald Pools hike). Ask for one of the historic 1920’s cabins with a fireplace and front porch.

Switchback Grille

Located at the entrance of the park, this eatery serves huge portions of food, like a massive Cowboy Ribeye. Try something local, like the Honey Pecan Utah Mountain Trout with lemon honey butter.

The Pioneer Lodge

The 43-room hotel, with its rough-hewn log furniture and old-school drive-up ambience, channels national park lodges of yesteryear.

Oscar’s Café

This laid-back spot has been around for more than 20 years. Don’t miss the slow-cooked-pork burritos—and make sure to eat them on the patio, which has views of the red rocks and mountain peaks.

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