Zion National Park

Zion National Park is located near the town of Springdale in southwestern Utah, just 104 miles from Page, AZ. Zion is a 229-square-mile (590 km2) park that features Zion Canyon, a 15 mile (24 km) long and 2,640 ft (800 m) deep canyon. Vistors enjoy hiking and exploring Zion Canyon with its reddish walls (much like Sedona, AZ) and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone. Navajo Sandstone, like at Antelope Canyon, erodes by rushing water creating slot canyons such as the famous Zion Narrows. Zion's location of being at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions allows a for a variety unusual plant and animal life and diversity. There is said to be as many as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals, and 32 reptiles a number of plants that inhabit the park's four life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. The geology enthusiats really enjoy exploring Zion and Kolob Canyons as the area displays nine formations that together represent 150 million years of mostly Mesozoic-aged sedimentation. Zion National Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches making this one of the country's favorite national parks recreate.

Zion is one of the most visited parks in the country and it can feel like an amusement park at times. The peak visitor season is March from October. Parking lots get full by 10am most days, so parking in Sprindale and riding the shuttle or riding your bike into the park is highly recommended if you don't get an early morning start. November - February is less busy, but temperatures are much cooler. Exploration may be limited with less flora and fauna out and about, but Zion is beautiful no matter what time of year you visit. Just remember to pack some warm layers.

Zion Visitor Center Hours

Zion National Park is open year-round. There are two visitor centers that are also open throughout the year except for Christmas Day and a museum that is open generally only the summer months. At the visitor centers, you will find maps, brochures, and books available to help you enjoy your visit.

Zion Canyon Visitor Center:
  • Open: Daily
  • Closed: December 25
  • Spring: 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Summer: 8:00am to 7:00pm
  • Fall: 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Winter: 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Zion History Museum
  • Open: Daily
  • Closed: December 25
  • Spring: 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Summer: 9:00am to 7:00pm
  • Fall: 10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Winter: Closed
  • Kolob Canyon Visitor Center:
  • Open: Daily
  • Closed: December 25
  • Spring: 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Summer: 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Fall: 8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Winter: 8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Fees

  • Private vehicle (Includes all passengers): $35
  • Motorcycle: $30
  • Person entering by foot or bicycle: $20 (under 15 is free of charge)
  • Annual Pass: $80
  • 4th Grade Annual Pass: free
  • Military Annual Pass: free
  • Lifetime Senior Pass (62 and older): $80
  • Annual Senior Pass (62 and older): $20
  • Lifetime Access Pass (available for those with a permanent disability): free
  • Zion Annual Pass (Zion only): $50
  • Permits

    The following activities require a wilderness permit
  • Narrows (top-down)
  • Subway (top-down & bottom-up)
  • Overnight backpacking
  • Canyoneering
  • Climbing
  • If you're wanting to stay in Zion National Park, then Springdale is your best option. It is located at the gates of Zion with shuttle stops on nearly every corner that will take you into the park itself. Visitors can find lodging options ranging from quaint bed & breakfasts to budget hotesl, camping and more. Other towns that serve as Zion lodging includes Mount Carmel, Kanab, St. George and Page. Take a look at some Zion hotel and lodging options.


    Zion Hotels, Tours & Things to Do

    SpringHill Suites by Marriott

    The award-winning SpringHill Suites Springdale Zion National Park offers a comfortable, elegant setting for travelers seeking inspiration, family adventure and relaxation. Our premier property is the sole Marriott in Springdale. Located only 1 mile from Zion's gate and a short distance fro
    The award-winning SpringHill Suites Springdale Zion National Park offers a comfortable, elegant setting for travelers seeking inspiration, family adventure and relaxation. Our premier property is the sole Marriott in Springdale. Located only 1 mile from Zion's gate and a short distance from Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon North Rim, Lake Powell and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

    La Quinta at Zion Park

    The newly built Country Inn & Suites® by Raddison is conveniently located just off Highway 89, offers modern rooms and suites near the southern shores of Lake Powell. Our 92 guest rooms feature a coffeemaker, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi with complimentary hot breakfast, a fitness room and
    The newly built Country Inn & Suites® by Raddison is conveniently located just off Highway 89, offers modern rooms and suites near the southern shores of Lake Powell. Our 92 guest rooms feature a coffeemaker, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi with complimentary hot breakfast, a fitness room and pool. Meeting rooms and family suites with extra sofa beds available.

    Rock Climbing and Canyoneering near Zion National Park

    Skip bus and hiking tours for a rock climbing and canyoneering adventure in Zion National Park. Everything is taken care of: pre-expedition training, transportation, and use of all the gear that you’ll need. It’s a challenging experience in a national park, but the trip can be customized t
    Skip bus and hiking tours for a rock climbing and canyoneering adventure in Zion National Park. Everything is taken care of: pre-expedition training, transportation, and use of all the gear that you’ll need. It’s a challenging experience in a national park, but the trip can be customized to suit all comfort and experience levels. Plus, opt for photos of your adventure from a professional photographer.

    East Zion Experiences ATV Slot Canyon Tour

    Explore the slot canyons of East Zion on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV( during this adventure tour. With a guide in the lead to provide navigation, instruction, and supervision, even beginners can enjoy this experience. Riding an ATV allows you to get further into the canyons than you would
    Explore the slot canyons of East Zion on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV( during this adventure tour. With a guide in the lead to provide navigation, instruction, and supervision, even beginners can enjoy this experience. Riding an ATV allows you to get further into the canyons than you would on foot; be sure to bring a camera for frame-worthy photos.

    Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites

    The Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites is located just outside the Zion National Park. We are within walking distance to the park, restaurants and shopping. Right outside the driveway is a bus stop for the free shuttle service into the park and around town. The hotel is surrounded
    The Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites is located just outside the Zion National Park. We are within walking distance to the park, restaurants and shopping. Right outside the driveway is a bus stop for the free shuttle service into the park and around town. The hotel is surrounded by mountains and tucked back away from the main road.

    Bumbleberry Inn

    Bumbleberry Inn at Zion National Park offers great amenities such as our in ground hot tub, heated outdoor pool, large grassy property perfect for your family vacation. If you are planning a visit to Zion National Park, then Bumbleberry Inn is your choice for lodging in Springdale, Utah. G
    Bumbleberry Inn at Zion National Park offers great amenities such as our in ground hot tub, heated outdoor pool, large grassy property perfect for your family vacation. If you are planning a visit to Zion National Park, then Bumbleberry Inn is your choice for lodging in Springdale, Utah. Guests can use the free shuttle service to ride throughout town and into Zion National Park.

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