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Likely a traveler's first stop in Zion National Park, the visitor center contains a large bookstore, a miniature model of the entire park and knowledgeable park staff who are more than happy to answer questions. Plus, it's also a "green building," complete with solar panels, cooling towers and outdoor shade structures, among other eco-friendly elements. In fact, visitors can go for an "ecohunt" inside the visitor center to find out more about its green features.

One traveler describes the visitor center as an invaluable place to pick up maps and information about the park on your way in. On the way out, it's a great place to purchase mementos and books for further reading.

The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is open daily, starting at 8 a.m. In the winter, it closes at 5 p.m.; in the spring and fall, it closes at 6 p.m.; and in the summertime, it remains open until 7 p.m. You'll find it right inside the park's south entrance. For more information, visit the National Park Service's website.

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#1 The Narrows The slimmest section of Zion Canyon is known as the Narrows, and it's one of the park's most popular hikes. To experience it, set out from the Temple ... Read more » Lightvision / Getty Images

#2 Zion Canyon Visitor Center Likely a traveler's first stop in Zion National Park, the visitor center contains a large bookstore, a miniature model of the entire park and knowledgeable park staff who are ... Read more » Yi-Liang (Lucas) Liu / Flickr

#3 Zion Canyon Scenic Drive If you'd rather experience Zion National Park's grandeur from the safety and comfort of your car, then the 57-mile Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is for you. The route ... Read more » stellalevi / Getty Images

#4 Canyon Overlook Trail One of the easiest and most photographed trails in Zion National Park, Canyon Overlook Trail is also one of the busiest. Only 1-mile round trip, this trail will take hikers ... Read more » Praveen P.N / Getty Images

#5 Observation Point When you crest the Observation Point trail, you'll find yourself at an elevation of 6,521 feet atop Mount Baldy and enjoying a bird's-eye view of just about ... Read more » Utah-based Photographer Ryan Houston / Getty Images

#6 Watchman Trail The 3-mile round-trip Watchman Trail doesn't ascend the red, 6,545-foot-tall Watchman Spire but rather affords a spectacular view of it, as well as the expansive valley beneath it ... Read more » Justin Reznick Photography / Getty Images

#7 Pa'rus Trail Pa'rus Trail, with its wide paved path, is probably the easiest hike in Zion National Park. But it's also just a great way to reach various sites throughout ... Read more » Robert_Ford / Getty Images

#8 Angels Landing Like its name alludes, the Angels Landing trail concludes at an elevated perch. Travelers will ascend 1,488 feet during the 5-mile round-trip hike, some of which features sheer cliffs ... Read more » Michele D'Amico supersky77 / Getty Images

The Narrows picture in Zion National Park
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Zion Canyon Scenic Drive picture in Zion National Park
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Observation Point picture in Zion National Park
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Pa'rus Trail picture in Zion National Park
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The Narrows picture in Zion National Park
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Zion Canyon Scenic Drive picture in Zion National Park
Canyon Overlook Trail picture in Zion National Park
Observation Point picture in Zion National Park
Watchman Trail picture in Zion National Park
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You'll need to wear your water shoes when hiking – ahem, wading – through the Narrows. Lightvision / Getty Images

Visitors can stock up on everything from books to souvenirs at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. Yi-Liang (Lucas) Liu / Flickr

For epic views of Zion Canyon, travelers can take the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive from the Intersection of Highway 9 and Interstate 15. stellalevi / Getty Images

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When you reach Observation Point, this is the view that will await you. Utah-based Photographer Ryan Houston / Getty Images

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