While we think a Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trip is the ultimate adventure experience, if you’ve got the time and are already in the area … why not see some of the other world-class national parks nearby?
If you’ve got a car, there are several pretty incredible parks and scenic views in the “Grand Circle,” which encompasses the area around Grand Canyon National Park. We’ll focus on Zion National Park for today.
Zion National Park is just a bit northwest of Grand Canyon’s most popular view point, South Rim, and is about a 4-hour drive. You could make Zion a day trip, stay in one of the small towns outside of Zion, or you could opt to stay in the park.
Zion has a variety of scenic viewpoints and hikes ranging from easy 15-minute walks to strenuous all-day adventures. One favorite place is the Zion Narrows, where hikers can trek up the narrowest parts of Zion Canyon with 1000-foot walls on either side! You can opt to stay dry and just take a look or get your feet wet and wade up the canyon as far as you please. Please remember to think about the weather and flash flood potential before hiking up any narrow slot canyons.