The most important thing to know about Zion National Park and the area around it is that there is WAY TOO MUCH to do around here than what you can experience in a day or two. Unfortunately, many people do not know that prior to arriving in the area. The good news is that a helicopter tour is the easiest and best way to get an overview of Zion and the local communities. If you do only have a day or two, take a tour and then come back for more whenever you can get here!
A short walk / hike is also a must. We recommend the river walk at the bottom end of the “Zion Narrows” hike. The first mile is paved and gentle. Be sure to check the weather forecast, since flash-flood danger is high in this area. Other classic short hikes include Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, and Canyon Overlook.
Zion National Park is a big place, but most tourists only see a small fraction of it. The best way to see the outback sections in a short time is to take a helicopter flight or back country safari.