The Ultimate Guide To Utah’s Zion National Park

Tucked away in the desert in Southern Utah is one of Mother Nature’s greatest creations — Zion National Park. Preserving up to 230 square miles of red rocks, natural arches, and an expansive canyon, it comes as no surprise that this is one of the busiest national parks in the entire country. Established in 1919, Zion was Utah’s first national park and over the years, it has become a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers from around the globe.

Need To Know Information About Zion National Park

Accessibility: With paved trails, shuttle buses, visitor centers, and more, Zion is a highly accessible national park. Even in wilderness areas, wheelchairs and powered-driven mobility devices are allowed. A large-print park brochure is also available with large text and images.

Pet Friendly: Service animals are permitted anywhere in the park, including trails, buildings, and shuttles, as long as they are on a leash. Pets that remain on a leash are allowed on public roads, parking areas, and campgrounds within the park. However, they are not allowed on any trails, park shuttles, inside public buildings, or in wilderness areas.

Parking: Zion National Park is extremely limited in parking, particularly throughout the park. Vehicles that park illegally and not in a designated parking space will receive a citation and may be towed. However, parking should not be an issue on Scenic Drive throughout the majority of the year as visitors will be required to ride the shuttle.

Seasonal Access: This national park is open year-round, however, there are some areas of the park that are closed for the winter including Lava Point Road, Lava Point Overlook, and Lava Point Campground. From early spring to late fall, you will be required to use the free shuttle to access the park. The shuttle is not in operation most days in the winter.

Cost: A $35 entrance fee is required for each private, non-commercial vehicle that enters the park. The pass is good for seven consecutive days from the date of purchase.

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Address: Zion National Park, UT, Springdale, UT 84737, USA