The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is about 57 miles long and usually takes about 1.5 hours to drive one way without stops. But of course, you will stop — to drink in the beauty, snap pics for IG at scenic viewpoints, and dip into hiking trails. Give it a few hours one way. Photography is particularly great in the morning.
Personal vehicles are restricted in some sections of the park, so I suggest the Zion Shuttle whenever possible. (In fact, it’s required for part of the drive from spring through fall due to the high volume of visitors.) Luckily it’s an excellent option as it provides access to key points along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.
First stop: the Court of the Patriarchs, a set of sandstone cliffs named after biblical figures offers spectacular views.
Continue with stops at the Great White Throne, Weeping Rock, and Big Bend. Don’t miss the iconic view of the Virgin River bending around the base of the Great White Throne.