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With summer in full bloom, there’s no better time to celebrate the great outdoors. Each June, Great Outdoors Month encourages us to explore state and national parks, enjoy nature, and discover new adventures like camping, hiking, canyoneering, Jeep tours and more. Get ready for your month of fun with these great outdoor ideas in and around Zion National Park.


Sometimes the best way to celebrate the great outdoors is under the stars. Camp at your favorite campground, whether it’s local, or near a state or national park. Set up your tent or RV, cozy up in a cabin, even add a little glamour for an all-out glamping experience. The benefits of camping know no bounds, providing an opportunity to connect with nature, friends and family without the distractions of everyday life.


Let your compass be your guide when you hit the open trails. Hike inside Zion National Park or hike down into the park from Zion Ponderosa. If you catch the trailhead to Observation Point on our property, you’ll end up with the same spectacular view as you would if you hike it from inside the park, without that steep 2,000-foot incline. There are dozens of hikes in and around Zion for hikers of all skill levels.

East Zion Jeep Tour Rim View

Jeep Tours

Experience Zion’s vast and beautiful landscape and explore the stunning southern Utah terrain by venturing on a thrilling Zion National Park Jeep tour. It’s a great way to cover a lot of ground and to see Zion’s beauty from all angles while gaining an appreciation for the rich history embedded within each canyon wall.

horseback riding east zion

Horseback Riding

Saddle up for an authentic Wild West experience with a horseback ride across Zion Ponderosa’s 4,000-acre private ranch resort. Many old pioneer trails remain, providing a range of horseback rides through rugged high country.



Canyoneering takes you to another world, where the sun reflects off the red sandstone canyon walls and illuminates the deepest recesses. Adventures can range from simple, short rappels to extended hikes involving scrambling and long rappels, or a Jeep tour into canyons that are otherwise too challenging to reach. Zion Ponderosa guides are experts at teaching and touring. Schedule a canyoneering adventure.

Great Outdoors Month is an opportunity to explore America like never before, whether its on horseback, hiking, biking, paddleboarding, birdwatching, Jeeping or any other outdoor adventure. Click here to find out 18 things to do outdoors.