Hello, Zion: A Local's Guide to Planning Your Zion Adventure
Situated right along the Virgin River and close to the iconic Zion National Park, AutoCamp Zion will feature our custom-designed Airstreams and Cabins, a refreshing swimming pool, outdoor fire pit, the Kitchen + General Store, and more!
Highlights of AutoCamp Zion:
- Cool down in our pool after a day of adventure
- Fuel up at the AutoCamp Kitchen + General Store before hitting the trail
- Cozy up by the outdoor fire pit and watch the sun set behind the mesa
- Wake up to the sounds of the Virgin River flowing next to the property
- Take advantage of exclusive access to local canyoneering guides with our adventure partners
Spend the day exploring the Narrows, hiking Angel’s Landing, or enjoying the scenic canyon drive. Whether you’re in search of a challenging hike with epic views, canyoneering among the sandstone cliffs, or you’d like a more relaxed visit chasing waterfalls and basking in the sun beside the Virgin River right on our property, this Southwestern destination offers something for everyone.
To help you plan your Zion itinerary, we met up with local partners to curate a list of can’t-miss spots in and around Zion. From iconic landmarks to canyoneering spots, check out a tailored guide to some of our favorite experiences and small businesses to visit during your stay.
Best Day Hikes to Avoid the Crowds
Canyon Overlook Trail
For a moderate, kid-friendly hike (just one mile round trip with just over 100 feet of elevation gain), Canyon Overlook Trail is on the east side of Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel and offers panoramic views of lower Zion Canyon. A great alternative to Angels Landing, Canyon Overlook offers the same incredible views without the crowds (or chains!) of Angels Landing. Don’t forget to fuel up before your hike by stocking up on trail snacks at The General Store at AutoCamp Zion.
Timber Creek Overlook
For a more intimate experience, escape the Zion Canyon crowds and head about 50 minutes northwest to Kolob Canyons. Along the 5-mile scenic Kolob Canyons Road, catch views of brightly-colored finger canyons jutting into the sky. Located at the trailhead of Kolob Canyons Road, Timber Creek Overlook Trail is a relaxing one mile round trip hike that leads to panoramic views of Kolob Terrace and Kolob Canyon.
Sunrise and Sunset Spots
Right along the Virgin River, the Pa’rus Trail starts at the Visitor’s Center and is an easy, flat paved path that’s perfect for evening sunset stroll or a sunrise walk. Catch the warm pink, yellow, and orange colors on Zion’s already colorful cliffs, which is equally as stunning.
Kolob Canyons Viewpoint
On the west side of the park, the Kolob Canyons Viewpoint provides an idyllic overlook. At the end of the Kolob Canyons Scenic Drive, the majestic red cliffs of Kolob shine even brighter at sunset. Also a great stargazing spot, be sure to look east toward the cliffs for the darkest skies.
Local Spots to Grab a Bite (or Enjoy a Cold One!)
Bit & Spur Restaurant & Saloon
Homemade guac and margaritas? Yes, please! The perfect spot to hang after a day of adventures, Bit and Spur has delicious Mexican (and vegetarian) options like tofu tacos or chimichurri chicken. A great option for families or large groups, plus you can live music and enjoy stunning views directly from the patio. Tip: Try the sweet potato tamales!
Located close to Zion National Park, Spotted Dog Cafe is an adorable bistro to enjoy a local glass of wine or draft beer and catch the sunset from the patio. It offers fresh, locally sourced produce and meat options—the menu changes seasonally!—like wild mushrooms or Rocky Mountain red trout.
Epic Day Adventure (That’s Not Hiking)
Pines Creek Narrows
Adventure-lovers can canyoneer and rappel through Pines Creek Narrows, immersed in one of the most incredible slot canyons in the East Zion area. Don’t forget to jump in the water to cool off during the summer months! Tip: Book with one of our local canyoneering partners at AutoCamp Zion for personalized guidance through the canyon and small-group tours.
Natural Landmarks You Can’t Miss
After entering the park from the East Entrance, Checkerboard Mesa is one of the first natural landmarks you’ll see! Keep your eyes out for a cone-shaped mountain with a distinct checkerboard pattern etched on it.
A classic in the heart of Zion Canyon, Emerald Pools are three pools that cascade through an awesome side canyon. Hike along the sandstone ledge to the Lower Emerald Pool, one of the easier hikes in Zion National Park that leads you to stunning waterfalls.