The Riverside Walk begins at the Temple of Sinawava, the last stop on the Zion shuttle. It’s a 2.2 mile round trip trail with elevation change of just 57 feet suitable for everyone. While this trail tends to be quite popular do take your time to enjoy the sounds and views along the way as you make your way through the canyon along the Virgin River. You’ll often spot wildlife including deer, turkeys and heron, especially towards dusk. If you hike later in the afternoon or early evening the canyon will be out of the direct sun. As you get deeper into the canyon you’ll notice that it begins to narrow.
When you get to the point where there are no longer any banks on either side of the river you have reached the end of the Riverside Walk and the beginning of Zion Narrows. Here you can take those iconic selfie’s, rest up or enjoy getting your feet wet before heading back. If you are more adventurous and have come prepared with a pair of water shoes you can continue up the river.
Springdale Dining Recommendation
After so many free hotel breakfasts sometimes you just have to escape the monotony of the unappetizing breakfast.
If you are staying in Springdale you know there are plenty of restaurants available to choose from. One we suggest putting on your list for breakfast or lunch is the Park House Cafe. We stopped for breakfast there on our way out of town (Stop 8 on the Springdale Shuttle) on the recommendation of another couple we met at the hotel. The Park House is a little blast from the past with its artsy decor which gave it a bit of a 60’s vibe…. groovy! They have a small indoor eating area and a larger outdoor patio area on the side. Friendly folks who gave the impression that they wanted to make sure we enjoyed our time and food. We each had the Eggs Benedict, one with ham and potatoes and the other with a nice slice of tomato and assortment of fruits. The meat was not your standard slice of Canadian bacon but a very good size 1/4 inch thick or more slice of ham steak. While the potatoes were a bit on the crispy side both breakfasts looked and tasted delicious! This place is a real gem we highly recommend!
Want To Escape The Crowds For An Afternoon?
How Does A Visit To A Ghost Town Sound?
Want to escape the crowds in Springdale for a couple of hours? Why not take the whole family to visit the Grafton Ghost Town just a short drive outside of Springdale and Zion National Park. The whole family can enjoy exploring some of the old buildings and cemetery. It makes for a perfect escape from the crowds and traffic. read more…
Or How About A Scenic Drive Through Kolob Canyon?
Located about an hour northwest of Zion National Park is the Kolob Canyons section of Zion, one of the parks best kept secrets. These box canyons cut into the Colorado Plateau feature 2,000 foot cliff walls and stunning peaks.
The Kolob Canyon scenic drive at Zion National Park packs in some incredible views, climbing over 1,000 feet as you make your way to the Kolob Viewpoint where there is a picnic area and short trail to Timber Creek Overlook. read more…