Books on Zion National Park
Below is a listing of many of the books available about Zion National Park. These range from hiking guides, to comprehensive information books and photo books. These books are often combined with Bryce Canyon and the other national parks of Utah. We use some of these ourselves, and note that in the descriptions. At the bottom of each listing, we list a number of places where these can be currently purchased. Click on the logo of the store you would like to use. Note that books occasionally go out of stock or are discontinued at certain stores. In this case, simply try another merchant, if available.
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Utah's National Parks
This book is a virtual anthology of the hiking trails in all five of Utah's amazing national parks. Zion is of course included in that. Most people going to the region visit more than one of these parks at a time, and this book is the easiest way to cover it all. This book has hikes of all lengths. If shorter dayhiking is your sole interest, get the book below. We use this book personally and recommend it.
50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National Parks
This is the dayhike version of the book above. If your main concern is dayhiking, in any of Utah's five national parks, this is the book to have. We use this book personally and recommend it.
Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks
This is Falcon's offering for hiking Zion as well as nearby Bryce Canyon. This book is freshly updated in November of 2013. While the books above are probably best if you intend to visit all of the Utah parks, this one is best if your hiking will only take you to Zion and Bryce Canyon. For the dayhike-only version, see below. We use this book personally and recommend it.
Best Easy Day Hikes Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks
This is the dayhike version of the guidebook above. It follows the familiar Falcon Guides format. While we favor the first two books listed, we also use this book personally and recommend it.
Frommer's Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks
This is the famous Frommer's travel guide for Zion National Park, as well as nearby Bryce Canyon. It does a good job of providing lots of general information about the parks and the area around them.
Lonely Planet Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks
This is Lonely Planet's version of a travel guide for Zion National Park, as well as nearby Bryce Canyon. We slightly favor the Frommer book above, but it really comes down to personal preference over the formats.
Zion: The Story Behind the Scenery
This is the Zion National Park edition of the very common "The Story Behind the Scenery" series. These books are very commonly found in the visitor centers and gift shops of the parks. They are short, but they provide good photos and general information on the park itself.