• Temples and Towers of the Virgin

    Zion

    National Park Utah

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  • Fire Restrictions

    Fire restrictions prohibiting campfires and charcoal fires in Watchman and South Campgrounds are in effect. More »

  • Trail Closures

    Monday to Thursday through 9/18: The East Rim Trail from Weeping Rock to Echo Canyon, including Hidden Canyon, is closed.
    The Hidden Canyon Trail is closed through 9/18. More »

River Trips

Kayaking on the Virgin River
 

All watercraft use in the park requires a wilderness permit. These permits are free and can be obtained at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center during either the day before or the day of your trip. Click here for Wilderness Desk Hours.

Permits are issued when the river is flowing in excess of 150 cubic feet per second. Watercraft must be specifically designed for whitewater use. Operators must be equipped with approved personal flotation devices.

Kayak trips through The Narrows should only be attempted by expert paddlers who are prepared to survive without assistance for multiple days. You should possess the skills to paddle class V Whitewater. At some flows, the rapids may qualify for an easier classification. Permits for kayaking through The Narrows will not be issued on the day of the trip and must be obtained the day before. An early start to this trip is needed.

Inner tubes are not permitted at any time on any watercourse within the park.

Did You Know?

Zion Shuttle

The Zion National Park Shuttle System, which debuted in 2000, has restored tranquility to Zion Canyon. More...