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Virgin, Utah

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Zion National Park: 10- or 20-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

1. Zion National Park: 10- or 20-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

Choose between a 10- or 20-minute helicopter flight and enjoy the scenic views of the beautiful canyon country of southwestern Utah. This is a great way to see southwestern Utah in a short amount of time. On your flight, you will see some of the world’s most incredible scenery within minutes of the heliport tour facility. Large parts of this region are set aside as national and state parks, monuments, and protected reserves. Zion National Park is the best known of these locations, but it's just one of the many natural landmarks in the region. Take in beautiful views of the Virgin River valley and enjoy panoramic West Temple views. You'll also see the Crater Hill Volcano located within the park.

Zion National Park: Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. Zion National Park: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Embark on a remarkable journey through the awe-inspiring beauty of Zion National Park with Shaka Guide's Audio Tour App. Let the app be your knowledgeable companion as you explore this majestic wonderland of towering cliffs, deep canyons, and vibrant natural landscapes. As you step into the park, prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking scenery that unfolds before your eyes. The app will provide captivating commentary, offering intriguing insights into the park's geological formations, its diverse flora and fauna, and the rich history of the area. Follow the app's guidance as you venture into the heart of Zion National Park. Immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of its iconic features, such as the towering sandstone cliffs of the Narrows and the mesmerizing natural arches that adorn the landscape. Learn about the forces of nature that shaped these remarkable formations and the significance they hold in the Native American cultures of the region. Discover the park's extensive network of trails, as the app directs you to awe-inspiring viewpoints and hidden gems. Hike along the famous Angel's Landing trail, with its thrilling exposed sections and breathtaking panoramas, or meander through the peaceful beauty of the Emerald Pools. Let the app provide fascinating anecdotes and stories that bring the surroundings to life, deepening your connection with the park. Experience the serenity of Zion's tranquil rivers and cascading waterfalls, which offer refreshing respites from the desert heat. The app will guide you to these scenic water features and reveal their ecological significance within the park's delicate ecosystem. Immerse yourself in the park's rich cultural history as you visit the Zion Human History Museum and explore the artifacts and exhibits. The app will illuminate the stories of the Native American tribes who inhabited the region and the pioneers who settled here, creating a tapestry of human experiences intertwined with the natural wonders of the park. Your itinerary is customizable, but it may include: • Grafton Ghost Town • Emerald Pools and Angel’s Landing • Zion’s Scenic Drive • Checkerboard Mesa and Great Arch • Mt. Carmel Tunnel to East Zion drive • Kolob Canyons and Kolob Terrace Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned explorer, Shaka Guide's Audio Tour App will enrich your adventure in Zion National Park. Let the app be your trusted guide, providing engaging commentary, remarkable stories, and insider tips that enhance your connection with the park's unparalleled beauty. Embrace the majesty of Zion and create memories that will last a lifetime, with Shaka Guide's Audio Tour App leading the way.

Zion National Park and Canaan Cliffs: Helicopter Tour

3. Zion National Park and Canaan Cliffs: Helicopter Tour

See the spectacular kaleidoscope of colors open before you on this unparalleled helicopter ride. Enjoy 30 minutes in the air, and see magnificent views of West Zion, Kolob Canyons, and Smith Mesa. Snap photos while getting an overhead view of the breathtaking Canaan Mountain Wilderness area. Your experienced pilot will provide insights and history of the park and surrounding landscape. Learn about the geology that formed the dark red rock fingers of Zion’s Kolob Canyons and the Red Butte Mountain Range. Soar north between Smith Mesa and Zion National Park. After circling Red Butte Mountain, you will enjoy world-famous views of West Zion. Depart from our private heliport located close to the town of Springdale and the main National Park entrance. Following a brief check-in process, your pilot will escort you to your helicopter where your adventure will begin.

Virgin: Zion National Park Off-Road Vehicle Tour & Hike

4. Virgin: Zion National Park Off-Road Vehicle Tour & Hike

Check-in at the Zion River’s Edge Adventures facility, then embark on your 1 hour journey over a smooth, private, off-road trek up to Zion Lava Ridge Mesa. You will be riding in an off-road adventure van or jeep, both specially fitted for the terrain. Be sure to have your camera at the ready as you take in the extraordinary views of the lush and abundant Virgin River Valley, the mighty Canaan Mountain Wilderness, and the 6,780-foot elevation of Smithsonian Butte! Enjoy these popular and incredible points of interest from private locations exclusive only to Zion Jeep Tour Adventures. Your adventure continues towards the base of West Temple, the highest peak in Zion National Park which is composed of Navajo Sandstone and stands at a monumental height of 7,810 feet. From here, you will enjoy a very short and easy hike to an exclusive picture-taking area at Zion Cliffside Point, right on the Zion National Park boundary. This incredible private access location has vast views directly into the park where you will embrace the fresh mountain air and enjoy the serene and tranquil existence of Zion!

Virgin: Canaan Mountains & Grafton Ghost Town Off Road Tour

5. Virgin: Canaan Mountains & Grafton Ghost Town Off Road Tour

Discover the beautiful scenery of the Canaan Mountains Wilderness area on a guided jeep tour from Virgin, Utah. Discover the pristinely preserved formed mining town of Grafton with an exclusive access tour. Begin your off-road adventure on an exclusive private road to Zion Lava Ridge Mesa. You will be riding in an off-road adventure van or jeep, both specially fitted for the terrain. Enjoy the panoramic views of rarely-seen areas of Zion National Park and the vast Virgin River Valley. Take in the stunning sights of the Canaan Mountains and the towering Smithsonian Butte. As you continue to journey through the terrains outside Zion National Park, admire the majestic views of West Temple, the highest peak in the park, composed of Navajo Sandstone and standing at a commanding height of 7,810 feet. From here, enjoy a brisk and easy walk to an exclusive picturesque area of Zion Cliffside Point, right on the boundary of Zion National Park. This incredible location has vast views directly into the park, where you will embrace the fresh mountain air and enjoy the serene and tranquil Zion area. Finally, head back in time to the beautifully maintained ghost town of Grafton, last occupied in 1944. Explore this historic Mormon settlement nestled amidst orchards and farmland, the peaceful surroundings of the Virgin River, and a well-preserved cemetery with headstones dating back to the 1860s.

Zion National Park, Canaan Cliffs: Extended Helicopter Tour

6. Zion National Park, Canaan Cliffs: Extended Helicopter Tour

Enjoy a premier helicopter adventure to see mesmerizing aerial views over all of Zion National Park. See nearly every angle of Zion, including an extra loop through the exceptional Canaan Mountain Wilderness. Depart from our private heliport, where you will begin your adventure after a brief check-in process. Soar over the incredible Zion National Park, taking in views of some of the most beautiful rock formations in the world. Learn about the geology of the dark red rock fingers of Zion’s Kolob Canyons and the Red Butte Mountain Range. Choose the butte landing option to enjoy the use of picnic tables or a short hike in the area. Snap stunning photos of Zion and Southern Utah while you explore. The helicopter will remain on the butte for 30 minutes before continuing your Zion tour. Zion National Park boasts a kaleidoscope of colors and shares unparalleled views from above. Enjoy this incomparable premier helicopter experience.

From Utah: 5-hour Canyoneering Experience Small Group Tour

7. From Utah: 5-hour Canyoneering Experience Small Group Tour

Discover one of the best ways to see the stunning Zion area with a professional guide as you strap on a backpack and find yourself in off-the-beaten-path trails. This tour specializes in big adventure guided slot canyon and rappelling trips near Zion National Park and is great for beginners and to intermediate-level climbers.  Get picked up at your hotel or campground (if you are staying within proximity to Springdale, Rockville, Virgin, La Verkin, or Hurricane). If you have a car, coordinate to meet your guide at a convenient, pre-determined location. Together, drive to the recreation site, and hike approximately 15 minutes to the slot canyon areas. Your guide will outfit you with all technical gear and give you an overview of the systems and techniques required. Follow your expert guide through a series of exciting rappels into stunning slot canyon corridors. For the ultimate Zion experience, canyoneering allows you to see panoramic vistas as well as unique canyons only accessible by rappelling down into them. Don't forget to bring your camera or GoPro to capture the epic views you will see during this tour. 

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What people are saying about Virgin, Utah

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 16 reviews

It was even better than expected. Our guide, Derringer, was totally customer focused with safety paramount (he even herd shuffling steps behind him & checked with me immediately. He had a wealth of knowledge of area covering history, plants & people. He topped it off with a "gas station" burger recommendation that was fantastic.

I loved my helicopter ride. Only downside was I felt slightly mislead by the title since helicopters are not at all allowed over the National park, so we could only fly in the surrounding area, which was still amazing, just not what was exactly described.

It was a great experience. Excellent views and the pilot was great. The person who checked in was quite unpleasant but I didn’t take off any stars for him.

We had an amazing time! Mark was so patient, encouraging and knowledgeable. It was absolutely the highlight of our trip!!!

Overall awesome experience very professional guide. He was awesome super experience