Zion National Park - Utah
Protected within Zion National Park's 229 square miles is a spectacular cliff-and-canyon landscape and wilderness full of the unexpected, including the world's largest arch, Kolob Arch, with a span that measures 310 feet. Wildlife such as Mule Deer, Golden Eagles and Mountain Lions also inhabit the Park.
Zion Canyon: Located one mile from the south entrance to the park on Utah Route 9 at an elevation of 4,000 feet, it is open year round from 8 am to 5 pm. It offers a wide variety of information and services including many books and free brochures, topographic maps, and exhibits. Park rangers are also available to assist in planning your visit.
Kolob Canyons: Located 1/2 mile east of I-15 at the extreme northwest end of the park at an elevation of 5,732 feet, it is open 8 am to 5 pm summers; 8 am to 4:30 pm winters. Although somewhat smaller than Zion Canyon Visitor Center, it offers similar facilities
Canyon Visitor Center : New center used as a start point for the new bus sevice.
Permits $12.00 Single Person Entry
Entry into Zion National Park by foot, bicycle, or motorcycle for 7 days.
$25.00 Private Vehicle Entry
Valid at Zion National Park for 7 days.
Motorcycle: $12. Valid for 7 days.
Admits one individual on a private, non-commercial motorcycle to Zion National Park including both the Zion Canyon and Kolob Canyon areas. Any passengers pay the per person fee not to exceed the private vehicle fee of $25.
$50.00 Zion National Park Annual Pass
Valid at Zion National Park for 1 year from month of purchase.
There are size restrictions on vehicles traveling through the 1.1-mile (1.7 km) tunnel on the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. The tunnel height at its east entrance is 11 feet 4 inches (3.5 m). A $10 fee is required for escort service for large vehicles through the narrow tunnel. Parking of large vehicles is regulated in various locations throughout the Park during the summer.
Facilities include visitor centers, a Nature Center for children ages 6 to 12 from Memorial Day to Labor Day, water, fire grates, tables, a sanitary disposal station, telephones, picnic sites and religious services from May to September. The Park is always open. Higher hiking trails are closed by snow in winter.
The Visitor Centers offer books, maps, and film presentations about the parks
Camping & Lodging information. Click Here
Ranger Nature Tours
Naturalist-guided walks, evening programs, and talks are given from late March to December. Activity schedules are posted in the visitor centers and throughout the park. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, children ages 6 through 12 can learn about the park in the Junior Ranger Program, held at the Zion Nature Center.
Meals are served at Zion Lodge. Food and supplies are available in Springdale.
The Visitor Centers and Zion Lodge are accessible. There are accessible camp sites in the South Campground. Many interpretive talks are accessible. The 1-mile Riverside Walk, which begins at the north end of Zion Canyon Drive, is paved and accessible with assistance. The 2-mile accessible Pairus Trail was opened in 1995.
First aid is available in the Park. A physician's assistant is available in Springdale in the summer, and a physician is in Hurricane, 24 miles. Hospitals are in St. George, 45 miles; Cedar City, 60 miles; and Kanab 42 miles.
Rules & Regulations
It is the visitor's responsibility to know and obey park rules. Regulations are designed for visitors' protection and to protect natural resources.
A new bus transportation system. It will run during the busy season, March through October, and peak periods. One loop will include nine stops in Zion Canyon, and a second will include six stops in the town of Springdale. Parking will be available throughout Springdale and inside the south park entrance.
It will be possible to leave your vehicle in town and ride the shuttle to the new Zion Canyon Visitor Center or park right at the visitor center. There, exhibits and audio visual presentations will help you plan your visit.
The visitor center will be the start of the Zion Canyon loop into the park. Shuttles will depart each location often throughout the day. You may get on and off the shuttle as many times as you wish. Riding the shuttle on both loops is free. The cost of the shuttle system is included in the park entrance fee.
All visitors, except those staying at Zion Lodge, will use the buses to access Zion Canyon. You will still have the option of biking or hiking along the canyon's scenic drive. The Pa'rus Trail connects Zion Canyon to the new visitor center and both campgrounds. The east side of the park will remain accessible by private vehicle.
This is your national park. Please help preserve and protect it so that future generations may enjoy it too. Please follow these regulations:
- Free permits are required for overnight backcountry use.
- Pets must be leashed and are not allowed in the backcountry, public buildings or on trails.
- Motorized vehicles and bicycles must stay on established roads.
- Do not feed or molest wildlife or remove or otherwise disturb any natural feature.
- Wood gathering is not permitted in the park.
For Your Safety
Each year people are lost, injured, and sometimes killed while visiting the national parks. Please observe the following:
- When hiking, stay on the established trails and watch your footing at all times. Steep slopes and cliff edges are dangerous.
- Do not roll or throw rocks and other things from high places; others may be below you.
- Temperatures can exceed 105 degrees F. in the park. Drink lots of water, but do not drink untreated water, as it may be contaminated.
- Avoid drainages after thunderstorms or severe weather, because of flash floods.
- Stay away from high points during thunderstorms to avoid lightning.
- Wildlife may appear tame but may attack if threatened. Stay a safe distance away while observing animals.
- Watch children closely; they often do not recognize potential dangers.
- In an emergency, contact any ranger or call 1-801-772-3322 or 911.
Zion National Park
Springdale, UT 84767-1099
Vistor information 435-772-3256
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