Rules and Regulations
Park specific rules and regulations are found in the Superintendent's Compendium. These policies are in place to protect the visitors and the wonderful resources of Zion National Park. Please do your part to protect this special place. Below is a selection of general regulations.
Aircraft-based Remote-controlled Equipment
Use of remote-controlled equipment (including but not limited to helicopters, drones, and other aircraft-based equipment) within Zion National Park is prohibited. For more information visit the NPS Unmanned Aircraft webpage.
Bicycling is permitted on all park roadways and on the Pa'rus Trail. All other park trails, off-trail routes, and the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel are closed to bicycling. Bicyclists attempting to travel though the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel must obtain a ride through the tunnel, which is often possible by hitchhiking. Bicycles must ride single file on park roads and stop to let shuttle buses pass.
Effective August 30, 2019, Class 1 pedal-assist E-bikes are allowed in the same locations as regular bicycles, and must follow all of the same rules. A Class 1 E-bike is defined as an electric bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bike reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.
Camping is allowed in the designated campsites in Watchman, South, and Lava Point Campgrounds, and with a Wilderness Permit in designated areas of the Zion Wilderness. Overnight accommodations in Zion Canyon are typically full from March to November. Camping or sleeping in pullouts or parking lots is prohibited.
A fee is required to enter the park, for special use permits, and for wilderness permits.
People who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, can legally possess firearms in Zion National Park and must follow all state and federal laws. Discharging firearms or hunting within the park is prohibited. Firearms are prohibited in park facilities.
The group size limit for all wilderness trails is 12 people. Group size limit for Mystery, Spry, Behunin, and Echo Canyons is six people.
Some large organized groups may require a special use permit. Please visit this page to see whether your group requires a permit.
ATVs, OHVs, and other off-road vehicles are not permitted in Zion National Park. Any vehicle off-road travel in Zion National Park is illegal.
Pets are not allowed on trails (with the exception of the Pa'rus Trail) or in the wilderness, with the exception of service animals.
Damaging the park's natural and cultural resources is prohibited. Activities that damage resources include walking on vegetation, the taking of natural or cultural objects, and graffiti and other vandalism.
All large vehicles (11'4" high or higher or 7'10" wide or wider) require a traffic control through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel.
Tubing within Zion National Park is prohibited. Tubing opportunities exist outside the park in Springdale.
Feeding and harassing wildlife is prohibited. Squirrels, mule deer, and other wildlife become aggressive when they become dependent on human food. Interactions with visitors raise the potential for injury, disease transmission, and potential destruction of the animal.
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is closed to private vehicles from early March through mid-November. You can access the Scenic Drive with the Shuttle System.
Zion National Park, as well as other national parks, enforces the same traffic laws as other law enforcement agencies, in addition to other park specific regulations. Below are a few of specific regulations. Please keep in mind that while the location is very different from your home town, basic traffic laws are the same.
Zion has unique roads with narrow lanes, sharp turns, long drop-offs, beautiful vistas, and close up encounters with wildlife. Help ensure your safety and protect the park's wildlife by obeying all speed limits.
Obey Road Signs
All road signs must be obeyed, such as parking signs and lane markings. Help protect the resource by parking only on hard paved pullouts and not parking on vegetation.
Drugs and Alcohol
Possession of any controlled substance is prohibited. Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants, or having open containers of alcohol in a vehicle, is prohibited. Help us protect the park resources and other visitors by identifying a designated driver.
Certain regulations apply to every national park unit. Those regulations can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7).
Last updated: September 23, 2021