a trip to Zion National Park?
Located at the visitors center in
Zion National Park, The non-profit Zion
Natural History Association (ZNHA) assists the National Park
Service to enhance your Zion experience by providing you with travel
information, interpretive resources, and on-site field experiences
such as Zion Canyon Field Institute
classes and Junior Ranger Programs.
We also provide materials about Cedar
Breaks National Monument, Pipe
Spring National Monument, and other national parks.
Books, Maps, and Guides
In addition to our bookstores in
Zion Park, Cedar
Spring, and Kolob Section of Zion, we also maintain a complete
with all the
latest books, posters, field guides, maps, videos, and ZNHA theme
clothing, as well as games, puzzles, official Zion National Park
pins, patches and collectibles. Every
item in our catalog is in stock and ready to ship anywhere. Help
us out by becoming a ZNHA member and get
20% off any order right now.
Zion Travel Planning Kit
One of ZNHA's popular items, this package includes a hand-picked
selection of Zion books, travel brochures, Zion National Park maps
and guides to help you plan your National Park adventure. Package
Although Summer is Zion National Park's busiest time, it's a wonderful
time to discover Weeping Rock, Emerald Pools, and the cooler East
Zion area. Long sunny days and clear blue skies are the norm. The
program is a fun way to get the kids involved in nature. The
Zion Canyon shuttle system
will continue through Fall providing a relaxed and informative way
to see the park. Download PDF of the current Zion Map and Guide. Click
for entrance fee information.
additional information call 435-772-3256.
Canyon Shuttle System
The innovative and eco-friendly Zion
Canyon Shuttle system has taken the automobile pressure off
the park while providing a relaxing, informative, and quiet way
to enjoy Zion canyon. Easily accessible from the Springdale hotels
or the Park visitor center, the shuttle system makes it easy to
see Zion Canyon at your own pace by allowing unlimited rides to
and from anywhere in the canyon. The shuttle system operates during
the peak season, between April 1, 2011 and October 30, 2011. There is optional service on weekends in November including the four day weekend for Thanksgiving. Click
for current shuttle information.
You may drive
your private vehicle through Zion Park on the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway
year-round, but during the shuttle season, the Zion Canyon Scenic
Drive is accessible by shuttle bus only. It is easy to visit this
part of the park by following these three steps:
Parking at the visitor center is usually full between 10 a.m. and
3 p.m. daily. To avoid parking hassles, leave your car in the town
of Springdale and ride the free town shuttle to the park. Enter
the park on foot at the Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theater. Tune your
radio to 1610 AM for more information.
Use the exhibits in the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to plan your
visit based on your time (less than 3 hours or more than 3 hours)
and your interests (sightseeing, hiking, and more). Check the schedule
of Ranger-led activities and the park bookstore for maps and books
to enhance your visit.
Free buses run from 5:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. as often as every six minutes
(check actual schedules when you arrive). Buses are fully accessible.
Pets are not allowed.
Mile-long Zion Mt. Carmel Tunnel
An escort fee ($15) is required for vehicles 7'10" wide and/or
11'4" tall or larger to pass through the mile-long Zion Mt.
Carmel Tunnel. Ranger escorts are stationed at both sides of the
Zion Mt. Carmel Tunnel to direct traffic during the busy season
from April 1st through late October. During winter you can arrange
for oversize escorts at the entrance stations to the park. Escorts
are usually stationed at the tunnel from 8 am to 8 pm daily but
you should always check with the National Park Service for current
fee information before travel.
Construction in Zion
Major road improvements were completed through Zion National Park in 2010. Roads are now open.
National Park General Information and Services
Zion National Park Superintendent: Jock Whitworth
Zion National Park, Springdale, UT 84767
Web Site: www.nps.gov/zion
Park Headquarters: (435) 772-3256
Fax (435) 772-3426
For 24-hour emergency response, call 772-3322 or 911. Zion Medical
Clinic is in Springdale, 772-3226, The nearest hospitals are in
St. George, Cedar City and Kanab.
Restrooms, visitor centers, museums, and Zion Lodge are fully accessible.
Several campsites are reserved for people with disabilities, and
two trails are accessible.
must be under physical control on a leash no longer than six feet
at all times. They are not allowed in the backcountry, on trails,
or in public buildings. Pets may be walked on the Pa’rus Trail.
Boarding kennels are available in Rockville, Hurricane, Kanab, St.
George, and Cedar City.
Private Vehicle: $25 per vehicle, good for 7 days in Zion National
Individual: $12 per person (pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, and
organized group), good for 7 days in Zion National Park.
Zion Annual Pass: $50, good for one year from date of purchase at
Zion National Park only.
Commercial Tours: Ask for rates.
Interagency Senior Pass: $10 lifetime pass for U.S. residents 62 or
Interagency Annual Pass: $80 This pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee*. The pass admits the pass holder/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas. At per person fee areas, it admits the pass holder + 3 adults. The pass can be obtained in person at Zion entrance stations, at other National Park sites, via the Internet at http://store.usgs.gov/pass or by calling 1-888-ASK-USGS, Extension 1.
Interagency Access Pass: Free lifetime pass for U.S. citizens who
are permanently disabled.
Fall 2010/Winter 2011 Campground Construction
Construction will be occuring in Watchman Campground starting Tuesday September 7, 2010 and continues through mid April 2011. Loops have varying closure/opening dates.
A-Loop: Available on a first-come, first-served basis as needed through late February 2011. A-Loop will then close for pre-season maintenance and re-open by reservation on March 12, 2011.
B-Loop: B-Loop currently closed and will re-open on a first come, first served basis in late December 2010 and be available until mid-February 2011. B-Loop will close for pre-season maintenance and will re-open on March 5, 2011 by reservation.
C-Loop: Closed for season and construction.
D-Loop: Closed for season and construction.
E-Loop: Closed for season.
Reservations for campsites at Watchman Campground for camping from March 5, 2011 through November 13, 2011 may be made six months prior to your arrival date online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.
Reservation Season Camping (March-November 2011)
A-Loop: Available by reservation March 12, 2011 through November 13, 2011.
B-Loop: Available by reservation March 5, 2011 through November 13, 2011.
C-Loop: Available by reservation April 9, 2011 through November 13, 2011. Closed for construction January through April 9, 2011.
D-Loop: Available by reservation April 16, 2011 through November 13, 2011. Closed for construction January through April 16, 2011.
Zion Group Sites (E Loop): Four sites will be available by reservation March 5, 2011-March 25, 2011; all group sites will be available March 26, 2011 through November 13, 2011
There are 7 group campsites that are limited to one site per affiliated group at a time with a seven day per stay limit. The sites can accommodate from 9 to 40 campers. The group campsites are tent only. No other types of camping equipment, including camper vans, pop-up campers, or cabover campers, are allowed in the group campsites. Cost is $3.00 per person, per night.
Generators are not permitted, but 95 campsites have electrical hookups. Reserve an electric campsite if you need power. There are no full-hookup campsites; a dump station is available for campers. There are 69 campsites that are for tents only. No other types of camping equipment, including camper vans, pop-up campers, or cabover campers, are allowed in the tent only campsites.
-Electric campsites are $18.00 per night.
-Riverside electric campsites are $20.00 per night.
-Tent only campsites are $16.00 per night.
Please note: Owners of an Interagency Senior or Access or a Golden Age or Access Pass receive a 50% discount on camping fees.
South Campground will open for the 2011 Season on Saturday March 5, 2011.
South Campground is located ½ mile from the South Entrance. There are 127 campsites (including three handicapped accessible) available first-come, first-served. There are no hook-ups; a dump station is available for campers. Generators are allowed from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Campsites are $16.00 per night. Owners of an Interagency Senior or Access or a Golden Age or Access Pass receive a 50% discount on camping fees.
For more information about camping in Zion National Park click here.
Private campgrounds with showers and hookups are available outside
Fires are permitted in the fire pits at campgrounds and picnic areas except when fire danger is high.
Bring or buy firewood; collecting is not permitted. No fires area
allowed in the backcountry at any time.
–Avoid cars by riding the Pa’rus Trail. Watch for pedestrians
and leashed pets.
–Park shuttle buses will not pass bicyclists, use turnouts
to allow them to pass.
–Don’t pass a moving bus, the driver may not be able
to see you.
–Use caution passing a stopped bus.
–Ride single file.
–Children must stay with parents.
–Please wear your helmet.
–Automobile rules of the road apply to bicycles.
–Bicycles are not allowed off roadways.
–Shuttle buses have racks for two bicycles.
Permits are required for all backcountry camping – there is
a fee. Maximum group size is 12 people. Permits and hiking information
are available at visitor centers. See the Zion Backcountry Planner
for more information.
Climbing on Zion’s sandstone requires appropriate hardware
and technical skills. Climbing information is available at visitor
centers. Some routes may be closed to climbing when Peregrine falcons
are nesting. A permit (fee) is required for overnight climbs.
Guided trips are available March through October, (435) 679-8665.
For private stock use, contact a visitor center.
All watercraft use in the park requires a backcountry permit. Permits
are issued when the river is flowing in excess of 140 cubic feet
per second. Inner tubes are not permitted at any time on any watercourse
in the park.
Zion Lodge Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The
Lodge café offers grab-and-go lunches. Dinner reservations
are advised: (435) 772-3213.
Other Food Service
Restaurants are available in Springdale at the south entrance, and
Mt. Carmel Junction and Kanab outside the east entrance.
Grocery stores are available in Springdale and Kanab. There are
convenience stores in Mt. Carmel Junction.
National Park Lodging
Zion Lodge is located three
miles north of the south entrance on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. It
is open year-round. Zion Lodge has rooms, cabins, suites, restaurant
and a gift shop. Reservations are recommended: Call 888-297-2757
or visit their
Other Zion lodging is available in the nearby towns of Springdale,
Rockville, Mt. Carmel Junction, Kanab, and Cedar City.
Interdenominational services are offered at Zion Lodge and South
Campground during the summer. Check bulletin boards for times. There
is an LDS chapel in Springdale.
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