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Zion National Park

Zion is a very busy national park all year round.  The park staff is in the process of figuring out how to deal with the huge numbers of visitors in a way that both manages those numbers and gives visitors a great experience in the park.  The entrance fees, shuttle service, number of vehicles allowed in and trail usage policies are all being re-thought and may change at any time. My best advice is to get there EARLY and be patient. Be sure to check the park’s official website for the most current information.

Also, you might considering a hike in the less visited, northern portion of the park which is called Kolob Canyon.  You will find several wonderful trails there with amazing views of the Five Fingers and the valley below.  Kolob Canyon is a 7 mile drive to the end of the road, off Interstate 15, just 22 miles south of Cedar City.
In the little town of Springdale, just outside the West Gate of Zion you will find a lot of lodging options, a big selection of restaurants of all types, gift shops, art galleries and outfitters to customize your visit to the area.  When the park is completely full and they are not allowing any more cars in, you can walk in from Springdale but it’s about a 3 mile walk to the entrance where you can get the shuttle.  The shuttles stop every 15 minutes at many, but not all, of the most popular sights.  Biking the park is another option although it’s just a 2-lane road with not much shoulder and lots of drivers who are distracted by the spectacular scenery.
If you are going to walk up The Narrows it is recommended that you either bring your own insulated water socks or rent them in Springdale.  That water is COLD all year long and you will be getting your feet wet.  WARNING: Be very aware of weather conditions during our monsoon season, mid-June thru mid to late August.  A sudden thunderstorm can produce flash floods in the canyons that can be fatal, as they were 3 years ago for 6 hikers and 13 local residents.  Check with the rangers the day of your hike but also check the local weather reports.  If there are thunderstorms predicted within 50 miles, avoid this canyon.  Most (but not all) thunderstorms are afternoon events so morning hikes are best this time of year.

Official Website

www.nps.gov/zion

Contact
(435) 772-3256
Staffed daily from 9 am – 12 pm. Recorded information is available 24 hours a day. If you are unable to reach someone by phone, please email us at zion_park_information@nps.gov.

Location

Located on SR 9 which starts at the junction with Interstate 15 (north of St. George) and SR 89 on the east side of the park.  SR 9 ends at SR 89.
45 minutes (32 miles) from the junction of Interstate 15 & SR 9 to the West Gate.   It is 15 minutes (10 miles) from the East Gate to SR 89.

Closures
Zion National Park is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Some services and facilities may close or reduce hours during parts of the year.

Pets are permitted in the park but NOT on the trails.