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We are often asked by guests if they should make Zion River Resort a home base and take day trips to various places like Bryce NP or the Grand Canyon North Rim or if it is better to break camp and drive their RVs to a new location. In almost all cases, the cost to use a personal vehicle for a round-trip day excursion is less expensive than driving an RV one-way. Why leave the only 5-Star resort in Utah? Use our Gas Calculator to determine your savings by making ZRR your home base.
National & State Parks
Zion National Park ~ Junior Ranger Program
Children ages 6 to 12 can earn a badge or patch by completing the Junior Ranger Handbook and attending at least one ranger-led program. Children ages 5 and younger can earn a pin by completing the Lil’ Junior Ranger Activity Sheet available for free at visitor centers and the Zion Human History Museum. This is a family-oriented program. Children will learn about Zion National Park and the natural world through hands-on activities, hikes, and lessons designed especially for them. Daily programs from Memorial Day weekend through September 2, 2013.
Zion National Park ~ Ride with a Ranger
To learn about the geology, ecology, and history of Zion Canyon, join a ranger for a two-hour narrated shuttle bus tour conducted daily at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. These tours last approximately 90 minutes. Seats are limited. Reservations may be made, in person, 24 hours in advance at the information desk at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center.
Pipe Springs National Monument
406 W Pipe Springs, Fredonia, AZ (51 mi.)
Admission: $5 per person
American Indians, Mormon pioneers, plants, animals, and many others have depended on the life-giving water found at Pipe Spring. Learn about pioneer and Kaibab Paiute life by exploring the museum, historic fort and cabins, garden, orchard, and Ridge Trail.
Snow Canyon State Park
1002 Snow Canyon Drive, Ivins (34 mi.)
Admission: $6 per vehicle
Among Utah’s most scenic state parks, hike the trails and discover shifting sand dunes, mysterious lava caves, colorful desert plants, and a variety of rock formations. A sand dune inside the park is a popular play spot. Take your bikes and ride the extensive trails.
Historic Buildings & Churches:
Historic Brigham Young Home
67 W 200 N, St. George (28 mi.)
The Brigham Young winter home is a popular tour site. The winters in St. George are very mild compared to that of Northern Utah, so many times Brigham and his family would spend the winter here. The original portion of the home was begun in 1869 and completed in 1871. The front addition was completed in 1873.
Mormon Temple & Visitor Center
250 E 400 S, St. George (28 mi.)
Stroll through the beautiful temple grounds and gaze at the striking St. George Utah Temple, the first temple built in Utah finished in 1877. Enjoy your time at this sacred, peaceful place. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00am to 9:00pm.
St. George Tabernacle
18 S Main Street, St. George (28 mi.)
Visit the St. George Tabernacle, the “jewel in the desert” and a symbol of the town’s pioneer beginnings. While at the tabernacle, you can also hear interesting stories about the tabernacle’s glass and why the balcony had to be moved. Open daily.
Museums & Galleries
The North American Wildlife Museum ~ Majestic View Lodge
2400 Zion Park Boulevard, Springdale (11 mi.)
Located inside the Lodge, the North American Wildlife Museum is one of the finest in all the American Southwest with 3,000 square feet of displays. www.majesticviewlodge.com/museum.html
868 Zion Park Boulevard, Springdale (13 mi.)
Fatali’s photographs are awe-inspiring works of art that capture the hidden essence of the Southwestern landscape. Open 11:00am to 7:00pm. www.fatali.com
Little Hollywood Movie Museum
297 West Center Street, Kanab, UT (55 mi.)
With over 100 movies and many TV series filmed there since 1924, Kanab has been universally recognized by the film industry as ‘Little Hollywood.’ Many of the old western sets used have been lovingly preserved. www.frontiermovietown.com/
4518 N Highway 89, Kanab, UT (59 mi.)
Admission: $5 adult, $3 ages 6-12, FREE under 6
A natural history museum featuring Native American artifacts and a large collection of dinosaur tracks. www.visitsouthernutah.com/moqui-cave.html
Dinosaur Discovery Site
2180 East Riverside, St. George (26 mi.)
Admission: $6 adult, $3 ages 4-11, FREE under 4
The Discovery Site houses exceptionally well-preserved dinosaur tracks, fossil fish, fossil plants, rare dinosaur remains, invertebrates’ traces and important sedimentary structures. This site is described by many paleontologists as “one of the ten best dinosaur track sites in the world” and is one of the most important discoveries in Early Jurassic paleontological history. www.dinosite.org/
Rosenbruch World Wildlife Museum
1835 Convention Center Drive, St. George (29 mi.)
Admission: $8 adult, $6 senior 55+, $4 ages 3-12, FREE under 2
Visitors are taken on a quarter mile of mountain pathway that winds its way through the plains of Africa, the forests of North America, and the mountains of Asia. More than 200 species of wildlife from around the world can be viewed in their natural habitat. www.rosenbruch.org/
Grafton Ghost Town
Rockville, UT (13 mi.)
Said to be the most photographed ghost town in the West, it has been featured as a location in several films, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. www.americansouthwest.net/utah/zion/grafton_ghost_town.html
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT (51 mi.)
Admission: FREE (donations accepted)
See dogs, cats, horses, pigs, bunnies, parrots, and more. If you are an animal lover, you will be amazed at the number of animals that are given a home at BFAS.
Experience Brian Head
329 Utah 143, Brian Head, UT (75 mi.)
Admission: $10 adult, $6 senior, $5 child
Go for the day and enjoy cooler temperatures as you ride the scenic chairlift, try your hand at cattle roping, pictograph painting, rock hounding, panning for gold, and fossil excavation. Open Friday and Saturday from June 23 – September 30. www.brianhead.com/summer/activities/family_adventure
Fishing ~ Quail Lake, Sand Hollow, and Kolob Reservoirs
Within 13-24 miles of ZRR
Free under 14 yrs., $12 license 14 yrs. +
Reservoirs are stocked with bass, cutthroat and rainbow trout. Fish from the banks….great views.
River Tubing ~ Zion Adventure Company
36 Lion Boulevard, Springdale (12 mi.)
Tickets: $15 per person
During the hot summer days in Zion National Park, tubing is usually the best way to beat the heat and still enjoy scenic views. www.zionadventures.com
Concerts & Performances
Wildcat Willie’s Karaoke Night
897 Zion Park Boulevard, Springdale (12 mi.)
Every Friday night is Karaoke night beginning at 8:00pm in Springdale. www.wildcatwillies.com
Zion Canyon Theater’s Treasure of the Gods
145 Zion Park Boulevard, Springdale (13 mi.)
Admission: $8 adult, $6 child & senior
See a spectacle of the southwest in one enchanting 40 minute giant screen film! A must see experience. The giant screen feature film Zion Canyon Treasure of the Gods shows viewers the myth, magic, and beauty, of Zion canyon and southwest National Parks that might otherwise take a lifetime to experience.
Lion Boulevard, Springdale (13 mi.)
Admission: $10 adult & $5 for youth (18 years and younger.)
All Concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. A stunning 2000 seat amphitheater surrounded by the cliffs of Zion National Park with live concerts throughout the summer. Visit www.dixie.edu/tanner for concert schedule.