Our Favorite Fall Adventures in Zion
Just when you think the views in and around Zion National Park can’t get any better, fall hits! As temperatures cool off over the next couple months, it’s the perfect time to enjoy Zion National Park and East Zion without the heat. Here are some of our favorite fall adventures in Zion!
Brushy Cove Jeep Tour
Autumn is the perfect time to cozy up on one of our jeep tours, so throw on a beanie, grab a blanket, and let’s go! Brushy Cove is our premier jeep tour in the fall for its vibrant fall colors. This tour will fill fast when the peak foliage hits, so plan ahead and secure your spot!
Best time for fall colors: Early to mid-October for the best chance at catching some beautiful leaves!
White Mountain Horseback Ride
This horseback ride is scenic year-round, but when the surrounding foliage changes it’s even more stunning. On our White Mountain Horseback Ride, you’ll ride up a beautiful wash to the mouth of a red rock slot canyon, where you can dismount and explore even farther on foot. This one-hour tour for ages 8+ combines two of our most popular adventures and is the perfect family experience.
Best time for fall colors: Mid to late October for peak foliage, but gorgeous any time of year!
Slot Canyon Guided Hikes
Our Crimson Canyon UTV and Hike and our Red Rock Slot Canyon hikes are perfect options for your fall adventures. Although there aren’t many fall colors IN the canyons, the approach/exit hikes—as well as the jeep ride to get there—will have plenty! Plus, the cooler fall temperatures make for a pleasant hike in the canyons.
Best time for fall colors: Mid to late October for colorful vistas on the way to the slot canyons.
While you’re exploring Zion Canyon earlier in the season, here are some great family-friendly trails for catching the colors:
- Riverside Walk
- Emerald Pools Trail
- Pa’rus Trail
- Canyon Overlook Trail
Ask our experienced guides about hiking in and around East Zion!
Observation Point Hiking Shuttle
As a reminder, we now offer a shuttle from Zion Ponderosa to the East Mesa Trailhead for Observation Point. You can park in our on-site parking lot and pay only $7 per person for a round-trip shuttle. This provides easier access to the trail, while also helping preserve the current trailhead and surrounding area. Reservations required—book here.
Visiting Zion in Late Fall
The best thing about visiting Zion in early November is that you can extend your leaf-peeping season at high altitudes. Zion National Park’s elevations range from 3,700 to 8,726 feet, and Zion Ponderosa sits at 6,500 feet elevation. For visitors looking to beat the summer heat and crowds, late fall in Zion is hard to beat.
Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort
East Zion Adventures is located on property at Zion Ponderosa. Visit www.zionponderosa.com/packages for deals combining lodging options and adventure tours!