The ever-famous Zion National Park is a beautiful landscape filled with canyons, vistas, clear air, and welcoming skies. This great area represents a beautiful slice of Southern Utah, formed over time by the unceasing flow of the Virgin River’s northern fork.

Located in southwestern Utah adjacent to the town of Springdale, this gorgeous natural expanse features some of the most unique junctions between nature, geography, and climate. Notable features of this park include its natural rock formations, with a variety of amazing shapes and colors in which earth has manifested mesas, canyons, rivers, and natural rock arches. 

People from all over the country and indeed the world are fond of visiting here and enjoying the great attractions of this place as much as they can. It is known to be so expansive and so enjoyable, however, that just one visit won’t be enough.

Zion National Park Information

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.

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How to get there

Zion National Park is just 45 minutes away from St George and a similar drive away from Kanab, Rockville, and Hurricane in Utah. The Zion Canyon within the park is one of the most wondrous sights in Utah, and although it can only be accessed by shuttle during the summer months, private cars are allowed during winter.

Shuttle System

When the shuttle is running, no private vehicles are allowed on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The only access is by free shuttle bus. Free shuttles will leave frequently from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. There will be shuttle buses arriving at every stop every 7-10 minutes. Of course, even though the shuttle system is quite reliable, you should keep up to date with how the shuttle system is operating by the time of your visit by consulting the National Park Service website.

Permit Fees

Fees help cover the costs of issuing permits, wilderness patrols, resource monitoring, and trail repairs. Fees are non-refundable and based on group size.
• $15.00 for 1 to 2 people
• $20.00 for 3 to 7 people
• $25.00 for 8 to 12 people

Zion Hiking Guide

Zion Shuttle Map


What To Bring

When visiting Zion National park for a day trip on the shuttle, you should be ready to take some essential items that might help make the trip more enjoyable, such as:
• Water/Snacks-Walking Shoes/Map
• Sunscreen/Hat/Sunglasses
• Camera/Binoculars
• Flashlight or headlamp
• Dress for the weather and bring everything you need for a day in the park.
• Be sure to bring your Interagency Pass or park entry receipt for re-entry into the park.

What to Do: Activities in Zion National Park

It is practically impossible to do everything there is to do in Zion, and there is always something more to explore. While visiting you’ll be able to go on hikes to wonderful natural places with astounding rock formations and a fresh environment, you can take the Zion Scenic Drives and the Zion-Mount Camel Highway for their amazing views, or go rock climbing on all kinds of mountainsides. And that is just the beginning.

You can go rafting in Zion, you can do some rappelling on Dixie Rock, there’s a lot for you to do, and there are also activities for your kids to engage with nature and the outdoors. In essence, there’s always a good reason to visit this amazing place, no matter the time of year.

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