Gateway to Zion National Park
Springdale is a gateway community to Zion National Park and probably one of the best-known towns in Utah. People from all parts of the globe come here to visit the park and use this as their basecamp to visiting the region. Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Cedar Breaks National Monument and other popular destinations and recreation areas are all within a couple of hours of Zion.
Springdale may be small in size but it offers a great variety of lodging, restaurants and outdoor recreation services. From simple motels, quaint small Inns to luxury resorts and vacations homes; the options will satisfy most traveler’s needs. If camping is more to you liking, travelers will find large campgrounds, RV parks, and even glamping in the area.
Like most tourist towns, there is no shortage of places to eat in Springdale, from sandwich shops to fine cuisine, visitors will find a great selection of menus to choose from. There are also a couple of small grocery stores in town if you prefer preparing your own meals. Zion is not only a world class scenic destination, it’s also an adventure haven. Hiking, canyoneering, Jeep tours, and cycling can be outfitted and guided by a number of outfitters in town. Is hiking Zion Narrows on your list of things to do? Several shops in town rent special boots and walking sticks you’ll want to get. We recommend it!
After spending time in the park you may want to spend time visiting the world-class art and photography galleries, shop at the small boutique gift shops and stores, or enjoy an evening of entertainment at the OC Tanner Amphitheatre.
While having a population of less than 1,000 residents, Springdale is the gateway to more than 4 million visitors each year that come to visit its famous neighbor, Zion National Park. With this in mind, you do need to plan accordingly and book early. The park gets extremely busy and with the shuttle service now requiring advance reservations, plan on spending time in other sections of the park. Places to consider are the eastside of the park past the tunnel on the Zion Mt. Carmel Highway, Kolob Terrace near the town of Virgin, and Kolob Canyons from Interstate-15. These along with Zion Canyon are the main sections of the park. Zion Canyon (near Springdale), Kolob Terrace, and Kolob Canyons all have their own separate entrance, they are not interconnected by paved roads, only hiking trails.
Here are a few resources to assist you in planning your trip.
Additional Stories on Zion National Park
We have written several other articles about Zion National Park that you might find interesting and helpful in planning your trip.
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