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Zion National Park and Canaan Cliffs: Helicopter Tour

1. 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.

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

2. 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, Canaan Cliffs: Extended Helicopter Tour

3. 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.

Virgin: Canaan Mountains and Grafton Ghost Town Jeep Tour

4. Virgin: Canaan Mountains and Grafton Ghost Town Jeep 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. 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.

From Utah: 5-hour Canyoneering Experience Small Group Tour

5. 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. 

Zion National Park: Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Zion National Park: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Experience Zion National Park’s striking beauty, known for drawing in visitors from all over the world. Discover unique mesas, mountains, cliffs, and canyons on a self-driving tour with an audio guide. Your adventure begins in La Verkin and heads up through the famous Zion Canyon and East Zion with optional side trips to Kolob Canyons and Kolob Terrace. Stop along the way at inspiring overlooks, abandoned ghost towns, and slot canyons. Improvise as you see fit, stopping to explore hiking trays and taking advantage of countless photo opportunities. 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

Springdale: Half-Day Canyoneering and Climbing Adventure

7. Springdale: Half-Day Canyoneering and Climbing Adventure

Connect with nature and get your heart pumping with this guided canyoneering and rock climbing tour near Zion National Park. Skip the stress of worrying about transportation with hotel pickup and drop-off in Hurricane, Virgin, Springdale, Rockville, or La Verkin.  Relax on the transfer from your accommodation to the starting point of your tour. Gear up and listen to a safety briefing from your guide. Set off through rappels of up to 100 feet, slot canyons, exhilarating rock climbs, and stunning Southern Utah terrain.  Expereince the excitement of 2-4 rappels and 2-3 single-pitch rock climbs. Have a guide with you every step of the way that will ensure that your skill level is met. Engage with this unique landscape in a thrilling way. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Virgin

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 16 reviews

This was the most incredible experience, regardless of whether you’re a first time traveler to Zion or have been many times prior. The entire crew/staff were amazingly patient with my many (many!) questions and did everything in their power to make sure I felt fully safe and comfortable. Andy, our pilot was also amazing. He explained everything we were seeing from outside the windows and again, was very reassuring (I was terrified!). I would 10000% recommend this tour to anyone looking to explore Zion and the surrounding areas from an entirely different vantage point! Thank you SO MUCH again!!! Xoxo

Top notch, very professional staff. Several of our party were nervous about flying in a helicopter but were made to feel at ease. The pilot was awesome, and we had an awesome experience.

Amazing vistas, Oliver is an experienced pilot. Henry worked very hard to make sure that our trip was rebooked after being cancelled due to unfavorable conditions.

We both loved our helicopter flight, but by far the best part was landing up on the butte. It was beautiful, fun and relaxing. Highly recommended!

It was raining and they did their best to give us a great ride!!