• Temples and Towers of the Virgin


    National Park Utah

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  • Late Fall Shuttle Schedule

    Starting September 28, the last shuttle leaves the Temple of Sinawava at 7:30 pm. More »

  • Trail Closures Lifted

    The East Rim Trail, from Weeping Rock to Echo Canyon, including Hidden Canyon, is open.
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Green Travel

Here are a few tips to help you participate in keeping Zion “green” and sustainable:

During Your Visit

  • Bring a reusable water bottle! Zion has an award winning water bottle refilling program.
  • During peak season, plan on using the national park’s shuttle system within Zion and into the partnering community of Springdale .
  • Don’t forget to enjoy the walking tours! And walk whenever sensible.
  • Remember when your car is idling you are wasting energy. Turn your engine off when in line.
  • Don't allow anything to be thrown out of your car windows—ever.
  • Participate in local efforts to recycle. Keep an eye out for the conveniently placed bins inside Zion and in the surrounding community.
  • When faced with informational literature take only the brochures or maps needed. Or just access material online prior to arriving.
  • Why not pick up stray litter you see? Your efforts can make up for less considerate visitors.
  • Plan to buy souvenirs in local shops to support the local economy.
  • While on your trip try to learn about new waste saving procedures and see what you could implement at home and at work.

While camping or backpacking

  • Adapted from the principles of Leave No Trace.
  • Take only photos. Leave only footsteps; sage advice for any outdoor activity.
  • Campfires are permitted only in designated fire rings. Campfires are not permitted in the backcountry. If you plan on having a campfire, bring your own wood. Firewood gathering is not permitted in the National Park.
  • Use existing campground areas.
  • Food and waste should be stored in a manner that does not attract wildlife. Feeding wildlife is not only dangerous but it is illegal.
  • Make sure to dispose of any waste properly. There are garbage and recycling bins placed throughout the park.
  • Keep water areas clean by not putting human waste, soap, food, or trash in water sources. Bring bio-degradable products (soap, dish soap, toothpaste, etc.) to cut down on the harmful effects.
  • Stay on trails. Especially avoid areas that are roped off.
  • Be considerate of other visitors. Your activities should not affect the enjoyment of others’ activities while here in the park.

When staying in a hotel

  • Let the hotel know that it’s not necessary to change your sheets and towels every day
  • When you leave your hotel room, turn off the AC/heat, lights, TV and radio. Close the drapes.
  • Leave little bottles of amenities in the guestroom if unopened.
  • Keep bar soap wrappers and take used bars of soap home.
  • Patronize hotels, airlines, tour operators who support "greening" programs.
  • Do additional research about green travel and for more things you can do to reduce, reuse and recycle on your visit.

Did You Know?


With its wide variety of habitats, Zion has one of the most diverse groupings of plants in Utah, with over 900 species. More...