Highest in the summer and lightest during the winter months.
Zion National Park is located in southwest
Utah on the edge of the Colorado Plateau. The area to
the south of Zion is known as Utah's Dixie. The area found
on the north and east of Zion is known as Color Country.
Zion National Park
Springdale, UT 84767
435-772-3256 This line offers 24-hour recorded information
South Entrance: East on Route 9 off
I-15 north or south
East Entrance: west on Route 9 off east Hwy 89
Kolob Canyon Entrance: Exit 40 off I-15 (does not
access the rest of the park)
Fees. Entrance to the park is $25 per
vehicle, $10 per pedestrian or cyclist (not to exceed
$20 per family). The fee for commercial vehicles is based
on capacity and ranges from $35-$190. Please contact the
park at (435)772-3256 for more information and rates.
Entrance fees are waived with a Zion National Park Pass
($40 annually), annual Golden Eagle Passport, Golden Age
Passport or Golden Access Passport. You can obtain these
passes at any national park, monument or recreation area,
including any Sequoia or Kings Canyon Park entrance.
and Permits. Campgrounds are both first-come,
first-served and by reservations if you have any questions
just call the reservation phone or talk to a ranger at
a visitor center. Reservations can be made by calling:
Camping - Permits are required in Zion for all camping
outside designated campgrounds. The cost is $5.00 per
person and parties are limited to 12 persons including
leaders. Permits and more information is available at
both visitor centers.
Hours. Visitors centers are open daily
from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the spring, fall, and winter,
with extended hours in the summer. Some visitor centers
are closed on some federal holidays.
For current updates call the 24 hour number at (435)
airlines fly into Cedar City, St. George, Salt Lake City,
and Las Vegas, NV. Greyhound /Trailways serves St. George
and Cedar City and you can either rent a car or take a
taxi from either city. Amtrak serves Salt Lake City and
Rental cars are available at the airports
and other locations in Cedar City, St. George, Salt Lake
City or Las Vegas. A free shuttle is available in the
Giant Forest during the summer months. Zion Lodge provides
tram tours of upper Zion Canyon. A hiker shuttle is also
available for transportation to backcountry trailheads.
Call (435) 772-3213 for prices and details.
The climate in Zion is quite mild and very pleasurable.
In the summer temperatures range from the 60' into the
90's. During the winter, temperatures range from the 20's
into the 50's. The spring can bring storms without warning
and the possibilities are common in the summer also. The
winter can bring rain to the valleys and snow to the higher
elevations. Be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions.
Temperatures vary with changes in elevation and seasons.
Day/night temperatures may differ by over 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
valuables in your car out of sight.
someone know of your itinerary when hiking in the backcountry.
blisters by wearing comfortable boots or shoes which
fit the terrain.
prepared for any weather condition. During the summer
temperatures can reach or exceed 100ºF. Wear sunscreen
and a hat. Carry plenty of water. Hike in the earlier
hours of the morning or later in the afternoon. Bring
the proper equipment in the winter.
hypothermia by wearing layers. If you find yourself
shivering and feel disoriented, seek shelter and drink
warm liquids. Hypothermia can develop and is a serious
condition requiring medical attention.
for mountain lions(also known as panthers, cougars,
or pumas.) If you encounter one, back away slowly; if
attacked, wave, shout, and throw rocks. DO NOT RUN.
Watch children closely.
where you are stepping and reaching because you may
encounter a poisonous western rattlesnake, which is
commonly found below 7000-foot elevations and occasionally
up to 11,000-foot elevations. Even though snake bites
are rarely fatal, they do require a doctor's attention.
If you are bitten, avoid moving, which spreads the venom,
and send for help immediately. Snakes are a native species
to the park and should not be disturbed.
not feed or touch ground squirrels or other rodents.
They can carry disease.
an intestinal disorder, can result from drinking water
from the streams or lakes in the mountains. Carry sufficient
water. Purify water taken from the lakes and streams
using a Giardia-rated water filter, or by boiling it
for three to five minutes.
is very prone to flash floods. Check with the nearest
visitor center before entering any of the canyons.
Centers and Exhibits. When you arrive
in the park, stop at a visitors center for an overview
of the park by watching a slide presentation and viewing
the exhibits. Park rangers can be found on hand to answer
questions. Backcountry permits, ranger-guided walks, maps,
books, and other park literature is also available. You
will also find rest rooms and water fountains.
Zion Canyon Visitor Center, South Entrance -
open year round
Canyons Visitor Center, Kolob Canyon Entrance -
open year round
Exhibits can be seen at both the centers. Zion Canyon
Visitor Center is the only center open during the winter.
Zion Canyon Visitor Center, South Entrance
Exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the
Canyons Visitor Center, Kolob Canyon Entrance
Exhibits explain the geology of Zion National Park.
and Camping Facilities. Lodging in Zion
National Park is operated by Amfac Parks & Resorts.
Reservations are strongly recommended, especially during
summer and holidays.
Zion Lodge - open year round
lodging can be found in the surrounding communities
in Zion. Zion has three campgrounds.
Two are on a first-come, first-served basis. To make reservations
or for more information, call 1-800-365-2267.
Campground - Open April through October. First come
first serve, no hookups, no showers. - $14.00 or $7.00
with a Golden Age/Access card.
Campground -Open year-round - Tent: $14.00 or $7.00
with a Golden Age/Access card, Elec.: $16.00 night ($8.00
w/G. Age - Access) Group: $3.00 per/person, per/night,
Lava Point - open June-October - No Fee, first-come,
first-served, primitive campground with only 6 sites
and no water. Lava Point is about 1 hour from main canyon
and Supplies. Food service and groceries
available in the park at Zion Lodge and in surrounding
Activities. Drive through Zion Canyon
and take advantage of all the short trails and overlooks.
Stop at the visitor centers to learn more about the park.
Enjoy the view of the canyon and from the canyon overlook
shortly after the tunnel on Route 9. Take a little extra
time and hop over to Kolob Canyons. Learn about the geology
of the park at the visitor center and follow the road
into the canyons where you will find the trail to on of
the world's longest arches, Kolob Arch.