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The Unrivaled Canyon Hike In Utah Everyone Should Take At Least Once

Some Utah trails are the kind we might take only once in a lifetime – others might be so close to our homes that we hike it several times a week. And other trails are so popular with tourists that we tend to only hike them when we have out-of-town guests, then forget about them all together.

Zion National Park is the crown jewel of Utah. It’s our most-visited park, receiving over three million visitors annually. There’s a reason it’s so popular – it really is one of the world’s most remarkable places. In the spring and summer, most parts of the park are so crowded that Utahns tend to find other beautiful spots to hike.

In this article, we’re going to look at one hike that is both iconic and unrivaled, and it’s hike you’ve probably taken. It’s also one of Utah’s most crowded hikes…but this is the absolute perfect time of year to take it. Here are several reasons that every Utahns should take the Zion Riverside trail at least once (and many more times, if possible).

While Zion National Park is absolutely crazy during summer months, visitation drops dramatically during the winter. For instance, in July 2015, the park received 481,398 visitors. In November 2015, just 182,190 people visited. In January 2016, only 86,005 people visited Zion. Winter is definitely the time to visit if you want to enjoy Zion National Park’s unrivaled beauty!

Before you visit, take a look at these 18 facts about Zion National Park. If you’re up for a much more challenging hike with some killer views, check out Angel’s Landing.

Catherine Armstrong
Catherine is a lifelong resident of Utah. She's a writer, researcher and observer of the human condition.