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When Utah’s peak fall colors are fading at lower elevations, East Zion’s high-elevation show is just getting started. Extend your leaf-peeping season through November with a visit to Zion National Park’s upper elevations of East Zion. The air is crisp, the crowds are fewer, and the natural beauty is at its most colorful. Supercharge your Zion getaway with the ultimate fall itinerary from East Zion Adventures. 

Pro tip: Secure your reservations in advance and don’t miss out on Zion Ponderosa‘s fantastic fall lodging options. You can opt for glamping tents, Conestoga wagons, or rugged cowboy cabins. Choose the “Fall Glamping Special” at checkout and unlock an adventure credit that fuels your East Zion Adventures experience.

Ultimate Fall Itinerary 

Day 1

Morning/early afternoon: Your ultimate fall adventure kicks off with check-in at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. Get settled into your lodging, then immerse yourself in Zion Ponderosa’s vast acres. Check out on-property activities like pickleball and tennis, take a soak in the hot tub. Or jump right into adventure with a scale up the rock climbing wall, a round of mini golf, or a virtual reality adventure

2:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.: Ready for your first big autumn adventure? Sign up for the Brushy Cove Jeep Tour. Mid-October through early November is the golden hour for witnessing fiery fall colors. This jaw-dropping off-road adventure departs from Zion Ponderosa. 

Dinner: Head over to Ponderosa Eats for a hearty meal. Our recipes are rooted in the timeless tradition of great food. Dine in, or take your order to go and dine under the open sky.

Evening: The night sky over Zion is calling—time for a stargazing adventure! This guided celestial tour begins around 7:30 or 8:30 p.m., depending on the date of your visit. Cozy blankets and hot chocolate are waiting for you, adding warmth to the magical night.

a tree in a forest a couple stargazing in East Zion

Day 2

8:00 a.m.: Rise and shine, as day two begins with a continental breakfast at Ponderosa Eats. Upgrade your breakfast game with heartier options like breakfast burritos, avocado toast, or biscuits and gravy, available for an additional fee.

9:00 a.m.: Hit the road and head to Orderville, UT, about 30 minutes from Zion Ponderosa, where you can fuel up on your favorite coffee and snacks at The Shop Coffee Co. Don’t miss the chance to browse local gifts as you sip and savor a yummy beverage.

10:00 a.m.: Your guide awaits at The Shop for the White Mountain Horseback ride. This East Zion Adventures gem unveils breathtaking autumn views as you experience two of Zion’s ultimate adventures—horseback riding and slot canyons. 

Lunch: Satisfy your hunger with a meal at Archie’s in Orderville or Thunderbird Restaurant in Mt. Carmel Junction. (Tip: Check with East Zion Adventures for additional tours that depart from Thunderbird.)

Afternoon: An adrenaline-pumping Sunset Guided Hike with East Zion Adventures is the perfect ending to a perfect day. Or blaze your own trail to capture the sunset at Canyon Overlook in Zion National Park.

a group of people riding horseback in East Zion

Day 3

8:00 a.m.: Enjoy a hearty breakfast and a bevy of beverage options from Zion Ponderosa’s Narrows Coffee Bar. Ask about our Breakfast-To-Go boxes for added convenience.

9:00 a.m.: Let the East Zion Adventures shuttle whisk  you away to the Observation Point trailhead for an epic hike. Observation Point is a three to four-hour round-trip adventure. Be sure to pack a lunch or snacks and plenty of water for the trek.You won’t believe the views!

Afternoon: Head to Zion National Park to explore fall’s finest. Autumn is a great time of year to hike Emerald Pools Trail, Pa’rus Trail, Watchman Trail, Canyon Overlook Trail, Scouts Landing, and Observation Point via East Mesa Trailhead.

a canyon with a mountain in the background

Book the ultimate fall getaway

This ultimate fall itinerary is your passport to an unforgettable autumn adventure in Zion National Park, where the already awe-inspiring landscape is painted in fiery fall colors. Don’t hesitate—book your ultimate fall getaway with Zion Ponderosa and East Zion Adventures!