Visitation. Highest in the summer and lightest during the winter months.
Location. 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)
Entrance 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.
Reservations 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: 1-800-365-CAMP(2267).
Backcountry 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.
Operating 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) 772-3256
To Park: Commercial 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 Las Vegas.
In Park: 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.
Weather. 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.
- Lock valuables in your car out of sight.
- Let someone know of your itinerary when hiking in the backcountry.
- Prevent blisters by wearing comfortable boots or shoes which fit the terrain.
- Be 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.
- Prevent 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.
- Watch 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.
- Watch 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.
- Do not feed or touch ground squirrels or other rodents. They can carry disease.
- Giardiasis, 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.
- Zion is very prone to flash floods. Check with the nearest visitor center before entering any of the canyons.
Visitor 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
- Kolob 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 area.
- Kolob Canyons Visitor Center, Kolob Canyon Entrance
Exhibits explain the geology of Zion National Park.
Lodging 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
- Other lodging can be found in the surrounding communities
Campgrounds 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.
- South Campground – Open April through October. First come first serve, no hookups, no showers. – $14.00 or $7.00 with a Golden Age/Access card.
- Watchman 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, no showers.
- 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 of park.
Food and Supplies. Food service and groceries available in the park at Zion Lodge and in surrounding communities.
Recommended 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.