When you come to southern Utah, more often than not its to see and experience the incredible outdoor scenery that surrounds the area. The only first world problem being, there is so much to see that you could spend a lifetime experiencing it all. From the monoliths of Zion Canyon, to the backcountry canyon waterfalls like those found in Kolob Creek, truly there is no end to the beauty of southern Utah. Certainly the crown jewel of the area is Zion National Park, but even then what do you see? And where do you go? At this point you’ll quickly come to the conclusion that you need tours in Zion Canyon, but what tours should you do?
Tours in Zion Canyon – Are There Guides?
One trick to tours in Zion Canyon is understanding that commercial guides are not allowed in the park. Anything from hiking guides to canyoneering guides, none of them can operate in the park (there is one exception I’ll detail below). But what they can give you are bunch of pointers and directions on where to go, and what to do. Many of them have gear that you can rent for your excursions into the park.
After understanding this aspect of Zion, what options do you have? Or what do the many tour guides in Zion do? The same thing we do, we operate just outside of the park. When you come to us to take a tour in Zion from our helicopter, we unfortunately can’t go inside the park boundaries, but we definitely skirt the outside of it! Which actually gives you a better view of the canyon than if you were just flying over it.
What Options Do You Have For Tours in Zion?
That way you can still get a top tier tour of Zion National Park, without breaking any of the rules the National Park Service has put into place. Our tours of Zion Canyon give you breathtaking views of places like Kolob Canyon (a second part of Zion), Snow Canyon State park, and a place called Canaan mountain. There are simply incredible things to see when flying over them.
So when trying to decide which tours of Zion National Park you want to do, understand than no one except the canyon horseback rides are allowed inside of the park. The horseback rides are the only ones that have permission to be actually inside the park boundaries, but they have a different route they take, you can’t for example take a horse ride up to Emerald Pools.
That is the quick low down for how the park operates in regards to tours within its boundaries. But don’t let this stop you from booking tours in Zion like our helicopter tours, many of these tours give you views and vast vistas of the park, you’re just outside of their boundaries a bit. Places like Smith Mesa and Gooseberry Mesa are prime examples of places people are allowed to guide in, but give you amazing views of the canyon. And that’s it, that’s the low down in regards to tours in the park. If you have any questions or comments feel free to get in touch with us.