The Zion National Park is a national treasure and picturesque wonder. It’s one of the best national parks near Las Vegas.
From a scenery seemingly out of a movie set and vistas that stretch for miles to soaring sandstone cliffs and red rock canyons, it is not a surprise that the Zion Park attracts more than 3 million visitors per year.
And a significant number of these 3 million visitors drive from Las Vegas in search of a side excursion during their stay in the Sin City.
The distance between Las Vegas to Zion National Park’s south entrance (the closest entrance from Las Vegas drivers) is approximately 165 miles.
SCENIC ROAD TRIP FROM LAS VEGAS TO ZION NATIONAL PARK
Whether you’ll be driving from Zion National Park to Las Vegas or vice versa, it will take you roughly 3 hours of driving.
However, many visitors will prefer to stay in St. George or Springdale (which is right outside the national park) for a night or two so as to take full advantage of the day trip without feeling rushed.
Here are some amazing sceneries you’ll come across on your road trip:
1. LAKE MEAD
It was formed as a result of building the Hoover Dam in 1964. Lake Mead’s crystal blue waters are suitable for a wide variety of recreational activities such as fishing, boating, wakeboarding, skiing, swimming, tubing, and you can also camp on the campgrounds at the shores.
2. MESQUITE, NEVADA
Mesquite is known for its world-class golf courses and resorts. It’s a good place to dine and spend the night if you are tired of all the driving. You’ll find much more than gas stations if you take the Mesquite exit off the I-15.
3. ST. GEORGE, UTAH
Approximately 30 miles from Mesquite along the I-15 is St. George city. It’s located a few miles North of the Nevada and Arizona border in the most south-western corner of Utah. With a population of about 75,000, St. George is ranked among the top 10 fastest growing cities in U.S.
There so many world-renowned events that take place in this city including the Tuacahn Amphitheater, St. George Marathon, The Ironman, as well as World Senior Games. And if you like golf, then you’ll love playing a round at one of the 13 beautiful courses in the area.
Many Zion Park visitors choose to stay here because it has a variety of hotels and resorts to choose from.
4. HURRICANE, UTAH
From St. George, your next stop on your way to Zion Park is the small town of Hurricane. It’s roughly 30 minutes to the park and a great place to stop for gas, lunch, groceries, snacks, and camping supplies for your outdoor adventure.
Even with its small size, Hurricane is home to great golf courses, a couple of stunning reservoirs (Sand Hallow Reservoir and Quail Creek Reservoir), and recreational sand dunes.
5. SPRINGDALE, UTAH
Just a few minutes’ drive from Zion National Park lies Springdale – the final pit stop. This is the place you’ll find most of your Zion Park activities, information, and accommodations.
You can also visit the Bryce Canyon National Park which is just a 1-hour drive from the Zion Park’s East entrance.
THINGS TO DO IN ZION NATIONAL PARK
There so many fun activities that you can do at the park:
TAKE A DAY TRIP FROM LAS VEGAS TO ZION NATIONAL PARK
There’s nothing as refreshing as escaping the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas to the peace and tranquility of the Zion National Park.
If you don’t feel like driving your car or renting a vehicle, you can take shuttles from Vegas to the park for a fee. These shuttles will not only take you to the park’s entrance but will also give you a guided tour of the park. In fact, during the busy summer seasons, some roads are closed for private vehicles and can only be accessed by shuttles.
Enjoy your road trip.