Zion National Park is practically in my backyard and it’s one of our favorite places to go. It’s become a major worldwide tourist destination, for better or worse, but I’m a born & raised Utahn and it’s still one of my favorite places on the planet and I love living so close by.
If you’re visiting here in the next few months as the weather gets warmer, it’s likely to get outdoors for the unique red rock scenery, national parks, and all the hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, fishing, etc. And maybe to catch a show in Vegas, which is only a couple hours away.
But did you know there are some great places to knit and crochet as well? Yep. If you’re like me you probably check for knitting shops at your travel destinations so let’s get to those first.
Keep in mind that this whole southwestern corner of the state (hell, most of the entire state) is basically still wilderness although the population has grown a lot in the last few years. This is the place where many old (and new) Hollywood westerns were filmed and we still have all that wide open space so the shopping options aren’t what you’d get in a major metropolitan area.
The closest yarn shop is The Knitting Post in Santa Clara. Barbie W owns and runs it and carries a gorgeous variety of yarns - wool, cotton, silk, hemp - plus lots of project kits, ideas, tools and notions and other gorgeous stuff and offers classes and a place to just hang out, visit and knit. She also carries some of my personal favorites - yarns from Forbidden Fiber Company and local Utah hand-dyers like The Yarnbrary series from Salt Lake City.
The next closest knitting shop is Sin City Knits in Las Vegas and you don’t want to miss it if you’re passing through there to catch a show or a flight back home!
Now, as promised, my favorite places to knit & crochet in public near Zion National Park:
In Zion Park itself and Springdale, the town right outside the park entrance:
Emerald Pools trail in Zion Park: you’ll have to hike a bit to get there but it’s gorgeous and worth it. Bring a small project and lunch and you can eat and knit by one of the pools. Fun fact: if you’re there in spring - frogs! Are all over the pools. Tiny ones that blend in with the color of the rock cliffs. Once we saw a bat there too. For a more strenuous hike, try Hidden Canyon or Angel’s Landing.
The lawns of the Lodge inside Zion Park. Big lawn and lots of shady trees. You can pick up an ice cream cone, burger or various other snacks and treats at the Lodge and just take a breather between hikes and shuttle rides.
George Barker River Park in Springdale. Just a gorgeous little city park by the Virgin River. Great place for a picnic.
On the patio of your favorite restauarnt in Springdale. Maybe the Brew Pub? Eat, drink and knit!
The Hilltop Labyrinth at Flanigan’s Inn in Springdale: for all you contemplative knitters & crocheters. A good place to have a moment of zen, catch your breath.
other close-by areas:
River Rock Roasting Company in La Verkin: great coffee, beer & food, great staff, local art on their walls and their deck overlooks a gorgeous walking trail called Confluence that runs along the Virgin River. Great place to start your morning or catch the evening sun.
Sand Hollow Reservoir: the beaches are red sand and it’s a kayaker’s and sunbather’s delight. You can rent kayaks and other watercraft or bring your own. Spread out a blanket or prop up a camping chair, slather on the sunscreen and get out your project bag between rows around the lake. Plenty of places to picnic or you can grab a burger at the beach cafe. Fun fact: Katie Perry filmed her music video for Rise here.
Red Hills Desert Garden in St. George - it’s a gorgeous walk and kid-friendly place where you can learn about desert plants and gardening and local animal species as well. My favorite things are the free-standing porch swings. Really. They’re such a good place to sit, rock and knit.
Have you been here? Where are your favorite places to knit/crochet in public here? Or where you come from?