Winter in Zion National Park

If you think Zion National Park is only a three-season destination, then you're missing out on a beautiful season in this land of towering red-rock cliffs.
While Zion is best known as a summer hot spot – literally – winter brings a decidedly more relaxed atmosphere as crowds are gone, the convection-oven heat is replaced by mild days followed by cold nights, and trails can be hiked in relative solitude.
Zion_westtemplewinter_copy Oh, storms can bring snow to the park’s high country, but not often to the floor of Zion Canyon. All the popular trails – Pa’rus, Weeping Rock, Riverside Walk, Lower Emerald Pool, Hidden Canyon, and even precarious Angel’s Landing – are open, though you’d be wise to watch for ice.
Lodging specials at Zion Lodge start with the “Zion in Winter” package, which offers a double-occupancy room Sundays-through-Thursdays in the lodge for $80 per night, breakfast included. Spend an extra $10 for this special, offered under the “WNTR” promotional code, and you can get a nicer Western cabin, complete with a gas fireplace. During the year-end holidays, between Dec. 22 and Dec. 30, as well as on President’s Day Weekend Feb. 16-18, these rooms cost an extra $20 each per night.
Among the “Lodging and Learning” packages in Zion this winter is a photography workshop for $456 per couple. That price covers two nights’ lodging in Zion Lodge, breakfast buffet both days, and a box lunch, with days spent out in the park with a Zion Canyon Field Institute instructor working on your lighting and composition skills.
For information on these and other packages, call the lodge’s sales office at 435-586-9476.