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3 Ways to Make the Most of Your Visit to Zion National Park

by | Jan 21, 2024

There’s no wrong way to plan a visit to Zion National Park. This stunning and popular national park truly has something for everyone to enjoy. But if you want to make the most of your vacation, there are a few things that you should know. Alongside booking the best hotel Zion has to offer, these tips can help you plan the right vacation for you and your family. Keep reading to learn three tips to make the most of your visit to Zion, and your stay at Zion Wildflower Resort.

1. When You Visit Will Have a Big Impact on Your Experience

Zion National Park undergoes big changes with every passing season. This means that every season offers a different experience for visitors.

If you’re just starting to think about planning a stay in the best hotel Zion has to offer, and you have flexibility in your travel plans, it’s a good idea to research what you can expect each season.

Summer is the most popular time of year to visit the park. The season draws a large percentage of Zion’s annual travelers.  However, with the right clothing and a few adjustments to your activities, it’s still possible to enjoy a great visit to Zion during the winter months. In fact, if you want to experience the park with few crowds and cooler temps, winter might just be the best time of year to visit. You can still enjoy many of the park’s most popular trails during your off-season visit!

Fall and spring are great seasons as well. Fall is the second busiest season. But it brings with it some beautiful views when the leaves change. Spring is less busy. However, it’s also more wet, marking the most rainfall of any season.

Even if your travel plans aren’t flexible and you have no choice in which season you can go glamping in national parks, knowing what to expect during your visit can help you to be better prepared.

2. Packing the Right Gear Can Keep You Safe and Happy

Nothing brings a fun trip to an end faster than not having the right gear. This means clothes to keep you warm, extra socks for when yours get wet or a first aid kit for when blisters occur. No matter which season you plan to visit or how you want to spend your time, it’s important to make sure that you have the right gear for all of your adventures.

If you’re planning to spend some time in Zion during your glamping adventure, some must-have items include:

  • Plenty of water: Even during the cooler months, you’ll need to consume at least 1 liter of water for every 2 hours of moderate hiking.
  • Protective clothing: Avoid cotton. It traps moisture against your skin. Instead, opt for synthetics and wools.
  • Hiking boots: You need a pair that offers support and a gripping sole. Make sure they’ve been broken in ahead of your trip.
  • A first aid kit: You’ll want at least a basic first aid kit, as well as a blister kit, just in case.
  • Flashlight: You don’t want to get caught on the trails after dark. But just in case, you should always have a flashlight in your pack.
  • Extra socks: Wet feet are uncomfortable, regardless of the season, so always have an extra pair of socks in your bag.
  • Snacks: Whether you get stuck standing in a long line before you can start hiking or you stay on the trail longer than expected, a few high-protein trail snacks will help you keep your energy up.

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3. Keep Your Itinerary Flexible

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to make the most of your stay in the best hotel Zion has to offer is to try to keep your plans flexible.

Zion National Park is packed with stunning hiking trails, overlooks, tours, history, and more. Whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, it can be tempting to try to pack in as much as you possibly can. But while setting your sights high isn’t a bad thing, overplanning is.

Unless you have weeks to explore the park and the surrounding region, you aren’t going to get to see everything. If you plan too much, you’ll only wind up disappointed when you run out of time.

Zion National Park is best explored with a loose plan. Choose a few hikes or highlights you want to hit during your trip. Then, allow yourself to make plenty of side trips, or to change your plans if you wake up feeling tired, find something new you’d like to try, or if the weather isn’t what you were hoping for.

Booking Your Stay at the Best Hotel Zion Has to Offer

Now that you know a few tips to help you make the most of your visit to Zion, it’s time to start planning. And that starts with booking the best hotel Zion has to offer.

Staying at Zion Wildflower Resort is another great way to make the most of your next vacation. Glamping in national parks turns your stay into a part of the adventure. Besides unique accommodations, you’ll also enjoy access to a wide variety of amenities. This means that you can take a break from hiking and other outdoor adventures. And you can spend some time relaxing and recharging at the resort, without feeling as though you’re giving up a day of your vacation.

Choosing where to stay in Zion National Park doesn’t have to be a challenge. Book your stay at Zion Wildflower Resort today to see what makes us the best hotel Zion has to offer.

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