It's like a stunning scene from a movie set on another planet. And today, you're the star. Conquer the soaring red and white sandstone cliffs and ancient lava flows of Snow Canyon by foot. Hike through the dramatic weeping rock formations, lush hanging gardens and wildflower-topped mesas of Zion. Lights. Camera. Action!
1-2 Get ready to view sand dunes, cinder cones and towering cliffs in Snow Canyon State Park Hike along the canyon rim amid red and white Navajo sandstone and black lava rock, then descend into its depths Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as coyotes, roadrunners and quail Scramble on petrified dunes for superb views of ancient lava flows, serpentine washes and massive stone domes It's time to indulge—luxuriate in the hot tub at Red Mountain Resort while soaking up the surrounding solitude and desert vistas.
3 Journey to Zion National Park, taking in views of the Pine Valley Mountains along the way The valley floor's sleepy towns and weathered farms add to the postcard-perfect scenery Get set for a thrilling adventure in the Narrows—one of Backpacker magazine's Best Hikes Ever—a trek through the inner gorge of the Virgin River amid waterfalls, hanging gardens and sheer sandstone up to 1,000 feet high With crimson cliffs and enormous monoliths soaring around you, it's only natural to be awestruck in Zion National Park!
4-5 It's an exhilarating hike to Angels Landing, bringing you nearly 1,500 feet above the valley for a 360-degree panorama of soaring sandstone Or, if heights aren't your thing, behold the park's grandeur from Scout Lookout or hike through cottonwood, box elder and Gambel oak trees to Emerald Pools Add a flourish to your Zion experience with a hike to the base of the Watchman spire, where the park's many iconic landmarks are visible from one expansive viewpoint.