20 ZION ADVENTURES FOR 2020
It’s a wrap! Not just on another year, but on an entire decade. As you head into 2020 full of enthusiasm for a better year than ever, what’s making your heart pound with excitement? If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, we’ve got an adventure for everyone in your crew!
1. Zion Canyoneering
Put this once-in-a-lifetime adventure right at the top of your list. Canyoneering is one of the most unique adventures southern Utah has to offer. Take in beautiful views while rappelling, down climbing, hiking, scrambling, and using rope skills to safely descend into Zion’s spectacular slot canyons. East Zion Adventures guides are ready to take you and your family (yep, kids can canyoneer, too!) on an unforgettable canyon experience. From professional canyoneers to average Joes, there’s something for everyone. We guarantee that our canyoneering adventures are just the thrill you’ve been wanting to add to your 2020 Zion itinerary!
2. Radio Tower Jeep adventure
If you’re looking for adventure, you may as well start at the very top. After a rugged backcountry Jeep ride, the incredible vantage point of Radio Tower offers 360-degree views of Zion and the surrounding national parks and wilderness. You just can’t beat these overlook views from our Radio Tower Jeep Tour! Your group will love seeing Zion from this breathtaking spot.
3. Jeep/canyoneering combo adventure
Why limit yourself to one adventure when you can have two? Climb aboard a custom East Zion Jeep for the ride of a lifetime to one of Zion’s most scenic slot canyons. Then make two rappels totaling 120 feet through the narrow slot canyon walls for an amazing adventure. It’s a half-day of heart-pounding, blood-pumping adventure you’ll remember forever.
4. Learn the ropes
Gear up for a canyoneering adventure with a few practice rappelling sessions. Learn safety and technique, then take two rappels from Zion Ponderosa’s climbing wall. (For ages 8 and up.)
5. Zip Line
Thrill-seekers of all ages love zipping across Zion Ponderosa. Climb up the 45-foot climbing wall tower for a fun zip line adventure sure to get 2020 off to an exciting start.
Explore three national parks in one trip! Zion Ponderosa is ideally located to be your base camp for exploring Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon.
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6. Zion National Park
World-class hiking to The Narrows and Angel’s Landing. Canyons carved over thousands of years by the forces of erosion. The beauty and adventure waiting for you in Zion National Park is breathtaking. Whether it’s your first visit or 50th, every day is a brand new adventure in this glorious southern Utah national park. East Zion Adventures can arrange guided tours or shuttles to the park for Zion Ponderosa guests.
7. Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon’s mysterious red rock hoodoos are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Whether you hike along the Rim Trail for a view from above or down in the amphitheater surrounded by hoodoos, the adventure is unforgettable.
8. Grand Canyon North Rim
This one is for the adventurers who enjoy the road less traveled. Skip the tourist crowds and experience the North Rim that’s visited by only 10% of Grand Canyon visitors. Note: Located two hours south of Zion Ponderosa, the road to the North Rim is typically open May 15 to October 15.
9. Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Slot Canyons
The Grand Staircase begins just 25 minutes from Zion Ponderosa. Make 2020 your year to get out there and explore its hidden gems! Check out Spooky Gulch, a short slot canyon hike located on the Hole-in-the-Rock Road, or Peek-a-boo Gulch, another short slot canyon located in the Dry Fork area of the Grand Staircase. Combine both for a fun loop hike.
Add these great hikes to your list of 20 Zion Adventures for 2020!
10. Climb Angels Landing
Adventurers come from all over the world for a chance to conquer the dizzying heights of Angels Landing. Gain 1,500 feet in elevation over a series of switchbacks and scramble up a narrow sandstone trail lined with chain handrails. The views are worth every step.
11. Hike the Narrows
As one of the world’s most spectacular and awe-inspiring hikes you’ll ever experience, The Narrows is a bucket-list item for hikers around the world. The entire hike from the entrance after Riverside Walk to Orderville is 16 miles, but you can customize the hike distance to make the most of your adventure.
12. Explore Kolob Canyon
Located in the northwest part of the park, Kolob Canyon’s 2,000-foot cliffs shouldn’t be overlooked. This remote section of the park features one of the world’s longest arches.
13. See the best view in Utah
Backpacker magazine calls Observation Point the best view in Utah. Whether you hike along the East Mesa Trail from within Zion National Park or trek across Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, the view is the best part of this adventure. Be sure to look for the ant-sized hikers climbing Angel’s Landing in the distance!
14. Hike or Snowshoe to Cable Mountain
The hike to Cable Mountain is one of Zion’s best-kept secrets. In winter, snowshoe right from the front door of your Zion Ponderosa vacation home.
15. Explore Gems of Zion
Get to know Zion the locals’ way. Explore some of Zion’s hidden gems, including a beautiful slot canyon and awesome views from Canyon Overlook. In summer, the guided adventure includes a swim in one of East Zion’s natural swimming holes. This East Zion Adventure is great for all ages!
16. Take a guided hike
Make every moment of your 2020 hiking adventures count under the guidance of an expert hiking guide. Choose a hike from this list or customize your dream hiking adventure.
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17. Horseback riding
Adventure is what you make it, and even though a horseback ride isn’t the most daring thing you could ever do, it’s a Zion adventure you won’t want to miss.
18. Red Canyon Jeep Tour
Venture to scenic overlooks of the east fork of the Virgin River while learning about Zion’s geology and history. This Jeep adventure is sure to satisfy both history buffs and thrill-seekers.
19. Brushy Cove / Elevator Road Jeep Tour
Off the clock, off grid, and off road. Right where you deserve to be. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you ascend switchbacks and gain elevation, pass an abandoned miners cabin, and take in the views of Zion and the surrounding canyons.
20. Sunset Jeep Tour
Sometimes it’s about the journey AND the destination. Take it simple and slow with this quiet adventure and enjoy the pastel hues as the sun sets over the western horizon. A sunset jeep tour is a perfect end to an adventure-packed day, and a great start to your 2020 adventures.