Fees Increase in Zion National Park


Zion National Park, along with several other national park sites, established new fee structures this summer in order to fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the parks.

The increases follow a 2014 National Park Service call for parks nationwide to conduct stakeholder outreach through civic engagement to gauge support for possible fee changes to entrance, expanded amenity, and special recreation permit fees authorized by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004. Entrance fees had not been raised since 2007.

The new Zion National Park entrance fee, which took effect on July 1, increased from $25 per vehicle to $30. Because reservations are taken in advance for camping and wilderness permits, those fees will not be increased until January 1, 2016. The new fees will be $20 for tent only campsites in Loops C,D and F, and $30 for electric sites in Loops A and B. Group sites will increase to $50 flat rate for 7-15 people, $90 flat rate for 16-25 people, and $130 flat rate for 26-40 people.

Wilderness permit fees help cover the costs of issuing permits, wilderness patrols, resource monitoring, and trail repairs. Based on group size, wilderness permit fees are now: $10 for 1 to 2 people; $15 for 3 to 7 people; and $20 for 8 to 12 people.

DSCN1622_SouthEntrance_June 2015_72dpiThe superintendent has chosen not to raise the Zion Annual Pass, leaving it at $50 to keep it more affordable for visitors within the surrounding local area.

Additional funds collected through the new fee structure will help fund the replacement of the park’s shuttle system. The Zion Canyon Shuttle fleet was put into operation in May of 2000, and now after 15 years of daily operations, the system needs to be replaced.

“This modest increase in fees will allow us to continue to improve facilities and services important to visitors,” said Zion Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh. “After carefully considering the impact of a fee increase on visitors and community members, we came to the conclusion that this is the right course of action to help us protect, preserve and share these special places with current visitors and future generations.”

For more campground information, visit http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/campgrounds-in-zion.htm.

For more wilderness permit information, go to http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/wildernesspermitinfo.htm.






A resounding crack echoes through the canyons and across the slickrock expanses of Zion National Park wilderness: somewhere out there, two desert bighorn rams charge one another and clash horns in a spectacular fight for breeding rights.

The Zion National Park Foundation and Zion National Park have created the Adopt-a-Bighorn program to help preserve and protect Zion bighorn. With a $30.00 donation you will receive:

  • a plush bighorn or a ball cap with an embroidered bighorn on the front
  • a frame-able, personalized certificate noting your support of bighorn sheep in Zion National Park
  • website access with photographs and current information about the work you are supporting
  • the warm-fuzzy satisfaction of knowing you are helping to preserve and protect Zion Desert Bighorn Sheep

The bighorn plush is made especially for the Zion Adopt-a-Bighorn program.

Or…you may opt to receive no premium and have the full donation go to the program.

Desert bighorn sheep play a vital role in Zion National Park’s ecosystem as large herbivores and valuable prey for large carnivores, such as mountain lions. Bighorn are sometimes called “wilderness species” because they inhabit some of the most remote and stunning environments in the West. Two rams charging head-on in a clash for breeding rights is one of nature’s most spectacular sights and can be heard from miles away.

Ball cap
Ball cap

Today, Zion visitors may be lucky enough to see a bighorn in Zion, but this has not always been the case. Their history is a tumultuous one.  Zion has long been home to bighorn, for they are well-depicted in prehistoric petroglyphs and were often seen in the early days of European settlement. However, combined stresses from human settlement led to their extinction in Zion during the 1950’s. An intensive reintroduction program in the 1970’s re-established 12 bighorn in the park. Despite the odds, the Zion population has prospered. Today the population is estimated to be over 150 individuals.

Adopt-a-Bighorn Adoption Certificate
Adopt-a-Bighorn Adoption Certificate

By joining the Adopt-a-Bighorn program, you can help protect the desert bighorn sheep, the park’s symbol of wilderness. When a Park supports a healthy population of such a sensitive species, it is proof of a healthy ecosystem and its ability to support many other wildlife species, including mountain lions, California condors, Mexican spotted owls, and peregrine falcons.

Be part of a lasting legacy for many generations. All program proceeds go directly toward bighorn research in Zion National Park. Adopt today!