Summer is the most popular time of year to visit Zion National Park. Just six months of the year, April through September, see 70 percent of the total number of visitors to Zion. The months of June and July see the highest number of visitors, averaging 13 percent of the annual totals. August follows close behind, claiming 12 percent of the total number of visitors.
The busy summer season can make planning a stay in Zion cabin rentals a little more complicated. If you’re planning a stay at Watchman Villas this summer, keep reading. We’re breaking down what you need to know to beat the crowds and make the most of your time in the park.
Plan Ahead to Beat the Crowds
Planning a spontaneous visit to Zion National Park can be a fun experience. As long as you don’t have your mind set on hiking Angels Landing or multiple trails in a short period, you can still enjoy a great day in the park. But if you want to make the most of your time while visiting during the busy season, the best thing that you can do is plan ahead.
Start by booking your Zion cabin rentals as early as possible. This will mean more options for which of our beautiful villas you’d like to stay in. If you book at least a few months ahead of your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to enter the Seasonal Lottery to try to get a permit to hike Angels Landing.
Another great way to beat the crowds while staying in cabins near Zion National Park is to make a plan for each day of your visit. Break up the Utah hiking trails you’d like to tackle during your visit and assign one or two trails to each day of your visit. This will allow you to head straight to the trailhead early each day to beat the crowds and avoid spending time deciding how to spend your day.
Dress for the Weather
Planning ahead for the crowds isn’t the only thing you need to do ahead of your summer stay in our Springdale vacation rentals. You’ll also want to be prepared for the weather.
Summers in Zion can be scorching, with temperatures often exceeding 100°F (38°C). You’ll want to dress in lightweight, breathable clothing. Consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen with a high SPF rating and apply it regularly, especially when you’re sweating on the trail.
You’ll also need to make sure to carry plenty of water, even if you aren’t hiking a challenging trail. Stay hydrated by carrying an ample supply of water, and consider using a hydration pack to make it even easier to increase your water intake. Adults need an average of two cups of water for every hour of hiking. But when temperatures climb or you’re taking on a challenging trail, you’ll likely need more. Pack more water than you think you’ll need, just in case.
Keep Your Plans Flexible
One of the best ways to make the most of a stay in Zion cabin rentals during a busy week or weekend is to keep your plans flexible. While it’s a good idea to have a rough plan for the trails you’d like to hike or sights you’d like to see, staying flexible can help you avoid being disappointed if you find that a particular trail is too crowded or if it takes you longer to get to your next destination.
For instance, if you don’t get a permit to hike Angels Landing, don’t worry; there are tons of other beautiful trails to choose from! If you find that the park is busier than expected one day, you can always head back to our Springdale vacation rentals to cool off and relax with your family or friends. Host a fun family game night, pop in a movie, or cook a tasty dinner in your private villa—we guarantee that you’ll make just as many great memories as you would in the park!
Planning a Summer Stay in Zion Cabin Rentals
Summer is the busiest time in Zion National Park for good reason—it’s one of the best times of year to visit the park! The weather is dry, the days are long, and tourist facilities like restaurants, stores, and tour companies are operating at full capacity.
But making the most of your summer stay in Zion cabin rentals means doing a little pre-planning. From staying at Watchman VIllas so that you can ride the Springdale Shuttle to the park instead of finding parking to using the tips on this list to plan out your days, with a little planning you can still enjoy a fun, full trip!
Ready to start planning your own summer adventure at cabins near Zion National Park? Book your stay at Watchman Villas today!