Looking down into a part of Zion Canyon from Canyon Overlook trail.
About three hours from Las Vegas, Zion Canyon is a stunning National Park and an interesting contrast to its more famous and more distant cousin, the Grand Canyon.
In the Grand Canyon, for example, the majority of travellers will spend their time looking down, and serious hikers will stride straight towards hell, whereas in Zion Canyon everyone starts at the bottom looking up and serious hikers are headed for heaven.
Furthermore, while Zion is not quite as grand as its neighbour, it offers many more trails than El Grande and accommodation inside the canyon- whether lodging, camping or mobile homers.
Not quite as awesome as its Grand neighbour, Zion manages to be spectacular but also user friendly, with scenic, well planned trails, efficient services – including regular shuttle buses driven by wonderfully talkative and informed drivers – and magical rocks.
Zion’s Angel’s Landing, with a famously vertiginous trail.
Zion Canyon has more inspiring vistas than California’s Yosemite and more variety of superb trails than the Grand Canyon. In short, it’s a terrific place to stay in comfort, get some exercise and see tall, elegant, colourful rocks, though it can get a bit claustrophobic.