Springdale, Utah is perhaps best known as the town at the entrance to Zion National Park. But while it may be home to a population of just over 500, it’s a beautiful town that’s packed with activities, shopping, art galleries, and more, just waiting for visitors from around the world to enjoy them.
Looking for the perfect way to spend a day in Springdale, Utah? Check out these 5 ways to spend a day in the Gateway to Zion.
1. Spend the Day Exploring Zion National Park
Springdale, Utah might be small, but it’s packed with plenty of activities to suit just about every taste. But by far the most popular way to spend a day in the town is with a visit to Zion National Park. Every year, more than 4 million people make their way into this popular park. That makes it the third most-visited national park in the nation, though Yellowstone National Park barely beats it out for second place.
There are a number of reasons why Zion is such a popular destination. To start, it’s easily accessible from several major cities with large international airports, including Salt Lake City to the North and Las Vegas to the Southwest. However, one big reason it’s so popular is that it has something to offer visitors of every age, nationality, ability, and interest.
If you’re an avid outdoorsman looking for a challenge, Angels Landing or The Narrows are two bucket-list-worthy hikes you’ll want to consider. Visitors young and old can enjoy a ride on the Zion Shuttle and stop to take pictures and take in the views at accessible shuttle stops. There are plenty of easy hikes and paved walks to enjoy, as well as picnic areas for relaxing.
It’s easy to plan a visit to Zion to fit the interests and abilities of your group. Plan your adventure ahead of time, or stop by the Visitor Center at the start of your trip to talk to a ranger for suggestions.
2. Stroll the Art Galleries
Take a drive through Springdale, Utah, towards the entrance to Zion National Park, and you’ll see right away why so many artists are drawn to the area. You can see the towering red rock cliffs of the park from nearly anywhere in town; including your own private Villa balcony.
A number of art and photography galleries have popped up throughout Springdale. Whether you’re looking for a unique souvenir or are an art collector, you should definitely set aside some time to stroll a gallery or several during your visit.
See the breathtaking landscape photos by David J. West at his namesake gallery. Shop for pottery, paintings, jewelry, and more, all inspired by the surrounding landscapes at LaFave Gallery. Window shop, or bring home a unique souvenir to help you remember your visit and decorate your home.
3. Go Shopping
Besides the art galleries, there are plenty of other shops to explore throughout Springdale. You’ll find outdoor stores packed with any kind of gear you might need while enjoying Zion. There are endless options for souvenirs like t-shirts, mugs, posters, and more to help you remember your trip or grab a gift for loved ones and friends back home.
The Springdale Visitor Center is a great first stop during your visit. Here, you can not only shop for unique souvenirs but also talk to experienced staff about your plans for the rest of your trip. Get dining recommendations, hiking tips, and more, and pick up a map or some brochures for local attractions.
4. Tube the Virgin River
Looking to take a break from hiking when temperatures soar to the triple digits in Zion Canyon? Head to the Virgin River, with a quick stop at the Zion Outfitters or Zion Adventure Company first. There, you can rent a tube and take to the waters for a fun and relaxing drift.
Perfect for cooling off on a hot day, this unique activity will also help you enjoy some awesome views of Zion and the rest of the stunning landscapes throughout Springdale.
This activity is only available during the summer months when the Virgin River is at a safe level. Visitors must be 12 or older for tube rentals, and you must wear closed-toe shoes to protect your feet from rocks and plants during your float. The float trip is 2 miles long, making it a great option for a relaxing afternoon.
5. Dine Local
No matter how you choose to spend your day in Springdale, Utah, you’ll definitely want to plan to end it by dining local.
From Thai food to diners to coffee shops, there are plenty of options to choose from. Sit down and enjoy a meal, or order carry out and take your meal back to your villa to enjoy.
Planning Your Next Visit to Springdale, Utah
Ready to start planning your next visit to Springdale, Utah? These 5 awesome ideas are just the start. Check out our guide to Springdale to learn more. Then, book your stay at Watchman Villas! Located in the heart of Springdale, with a shuttle stop on-site, there’s no better way to experience this unique town and all that it has to offer.