The road to Zion is a beautiful drive along Highway 9. Whether it’s your first trip to Zion or you’re a frequent visitor, here are a few good stops along the way.
Doggie Dude Ranch- Driving from St. George you come around a bend at Mosquito Cove and this is where the canyon starts to really show its glory. With all but one trail in Zion off limits for dogs, this daycare in Rockville is a good spot to stop and let your furry friends play while you explore the park. They’ve been in business over 25 years and come highly recommended. Over 30,000 square feet of fenced in play area. Be sure to contact them in advance to make arrangements.
Bit and Spur Mexican Eatery- A perfect spot to stop after your day of hiking at Zion National Park. They’ve got a funky, eclectic vibe and scenic outdoor dining with lots of wildlife stopping by. Try the prickly pear margarita and enjoy the hummingbirds in their garden.
Zion Rock & Gem- Beautiful displays and knowledgeable owners. A great spot to check out before or after your day of hiking.
Watchman Campground- Just a short walk to the Visitor Center and shuttle system, this is an ideal location to camp for your visit. Most of the trails in the park are only accessible via shuttle so this is a convenient home base. The Virgin River runs alongside the campground which is surrounded by Cottonwood trees. Three trails are easily walkable from here: Watchman, Archeology and Pa’rus, which is paved and the only trail in the park that is dog friendly.
Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel- "Coolest tunnel ever!" It took the combined efforts of the Union Pacific Railroad, National Park Service, Utah Road Commission, and Bureau of Public Roads to make the Zion-Mt. Carmel Road a reality. This tunnel was built in the 1930’s, is over a mile long, and has several “windows” cut into it offering a view of the mountains. As you leave Zion heading west on Highway 9 you will pass through the tunnel.
What makes your list of stops on the way to Zion? We’d love to hear from you!