48 Hours in Zion National Park

Out of all of the National Parks we visited, Zion was our favourite by far. From the moment we drove in, we were mesmerized. It has some of our favourite hikes we’ve ever done – quite different from your typical hikes. We only a spent a few days there, and here’s how our itinerary turned out.

The view half way up Angel’s Landing

Where to start

As usual our first stop was to pop into the Visitor Centre to find out if any areas of the park or trails are closed. Turns out that Weeping Rock has recently had a landslide so that area was closed!

Top tip – Visiting more than two National parks this year? Make sure you get the America the Beautiful park pass instead of buying individual park passes.

Day 1

Arrive in the afternoon and head straight into hike number one – The Narrows. A hike unlike anything we had done before. You’ll spend the majority of the time time somewhere between ankle and waist deep in water. Perfect for very hot days.

Do your research – avoid if there are flash flood warnings, and make sure you’ve got the right clothing and gear with you depending on the temperature of the water. We hiked in September and it got pretty cold in the shadows without a warm layer.

Day 2

Breakfast first – Deep Creek Coffee Company was our pick (we went again on our third day too). The breakfast burrito, ice chai and cold brew were top notch. Wifi was good, and there’s a beautiful little store next door selling local bits and bobs.

Deep Creek’s amazing breakfast burrito

Hike number two – Angel’s Landing. Not for the faint hearted. I won’t say too much – you can watch our video below – but it was by far one of the scariest but most jaw dropping hikes I’ve ever done.

Watch our video of hiking Angel’s Landing

Where to camp

We stayed at Smithsonian Butte dispersed camp site which was a short drive from Zion, but offered amazing views from high up.
The road was….lets say… a little bumpy…. so scope it out before making your way up there. There aren’t any toilets or facilities but the views make up for it,

Vanlife Essentials

WHERE TO DUMP | South Campground within Zion National park has a dump station

WHERE TO GET WATER |South Campground again has potable water available

WHERE TO SHOWER | Zion Outfitters has great shower and laundry facilities for a few bucks. It’s located just outside of Zion National park, and there’s a great place to grab a beer next door at the Zion Canyon Brewing Company

Top tip – The cup of stew at Zion Canyon Brewing Company was a significant portion for only a few dollars. Great if you’re on a tight budget!


What are your favourite places and tips for Zion National Park?