What to Pack for Zion National Park


When visiting Zion, and especially planning to complete some of their must see hikes, such as Angel’s Landing, The Narrows and Observation Point don’t leave without these items.  When we spent 2 days in Zion, you can read about it here, we were glad to have everyone of these essentials.

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1. Hydration Bladders

If enjoying some of the longer hikes at Zion you want to make sure you stay plenty hydrated.  Hydration bladders are the best way to go.  They are lightweight, fit well in most hiking backpacks and can be easily be refilled.  I would suggest getting a 3L bladder.  Although this seems like a lot the water it will go fast, especially if hiking during the summer months.  Zion has a few areas to refill but they are not at every bus stop, so it is better to be prepared.

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2. Hiking Poles

These are a must if wanting to hike The Narrows, but they also came in handy during other hikes as well.  The Narrows can get quiet slippery, these will give you more stability when trying to maneuver the river and slick rocks.  The poles also helped when trying to figure out the depth of the river at varying points.  My sister had these pack-able hiking poles which folded up nicely during hikes like Angel’s Landing in which you don’t need them.

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3. Hiking Shoes

Make sure you have a sturdy pair of shoes with a great grip on them.  You will need it while on Angel’s Landing and The Narrows when you need that extra traction.  I love using my Ahnu shoes, but don’t forget to pack an extra pair or some sandals to change into after getting wet in The Narrows.  We hiked the river as our last hike of the day to make sure we weren’t in soggy shoes the rest of the day.

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4. Waterproof Bags

If planning to hike The Narrows you want to make sure your gear is protected.  If bringing anything valuable with you (cameras, cell phones, etc) make sure you have a waterproof bag.  I used a friends waterproof backpack as I had my camera with me, but these pouches are great for cellphones.

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5. Food/Snacks

Some of the hikes in Zion can be pretty lenghty, make sure you pack some snacks to give yourself an energy boost.  Getting back to the Lodge to get lunch can be hard to do with their busing system.  We packed things such as jerky sticks, peanut butter crackers, applesauce pouches, granola bars, tuna packets, fruit strips, etc.

Some other things to consider:

  • Camera
  • Waterproof Camera for The Narrows
  • Hat
  • I love these Columbia shirts to keep the sun off (and they have pockets!)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Quick drying clothes





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