Temple of the Sinawava

Take the Zion Canyon Shuttle to the last stop and explore the breathtaking scenery at the northern end of the canyon.

Discover a natural sanctuary at the Temple of the Sinawava in Zion National Park. The area is named after the Paiute tribe’s coyote deity. If you’re lucky you may see a real coyote lope past you in this rugged paradise.

To get to the Temple of Sinawava, hop on the Zion Canyon Shuttle at the Visitor Center and ride it to the very last stop. The shuttle runs regularly between March and October. See some of the park’s most scenic attractions, such as Weeping Rock and Court of the Patriarchs, along the shuttle’s route.

The Temple of Sinawava deserves its ethereal name. Navajo sandstone, a red rock unique to the western United States, dominates the landscape. Walk into the dramatic natural amphitheater surrounded by soaring rock walls. Lush vegetation and leafy trees dot the landscape, while water tumbles down from the cliff tops above. Take a photo of the stately Pulpit, a dramatic rock formation that juts up into the sky.

Hike along the Riverside Walk, a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) round trip which begins at the Temple of Sinawava. The paved path is a very popular one and accessible for most visitors. Follow the trail along the river to the famous Zion Narrows. Here, the sandstone walls close in, creating a dramatic sluiceway. Wade in the Narrows and enjoy the stunning views. Continue the adventure along the more rugged territory upstream or continue back to the shuttle stop the way you came.

Be alert for the birds and animals that make their homes in Zion National Park. See mule deer ambling by at dusk or blue herons fishing for their next meal. Don’t be surprised if the park’s famous greedy squirrels approach you hoping for a snack.

Take a complimentary tram ride from Zion Lodge to the Temple of Sinawava. Listen to the informative narration and learn about your surroundings as your drive.