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SPRINGDALE, Utah – Effective at 12:01 a.m. MT on Wednesday, August 2, campfires and smoking near dry plants will be prohibited in Zion Canyon. These restrictions will stay in effect until lifted by the park superintendent.
“National Park Service and interagency partners’ wildland firefighters suppressed a fire that burned part of Watchman Campground on Saturday, July 29,” Lyndsay Fonger, Zion National Park Fire Management Officer said. “It’s important that you not smoke near dry plants or build campfires in Zion Canyon to protect people, property, and the park itself.”
Setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire (including charcoal) in South and Watchman campgrounds, at picnic areas, or permanently improved places of habitation is prohibited.
Stoves and grills fueled by petroleum fuels such as Liquid Propane Gas (LPG), butane, or white gas are allowed.
Smoking in vegetated areas is not allowed.
No smoking except in an enclosed vehicle, or a developed recreation site clear of vegetation, or other areas devoid of vegetation with a minimum of three (3) feet in diameter of clear soil.
Violations are punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, imprisonment for not more than twelve months, or both.
Conditions at Zion
Wet winter and spring weather contributed to the growth of many grasses and other plants throughout Zion National Park. Now that plants are drying out, an accidental fire start makes it more likely that these plants could burn quickly. Grasses and other dry fuels present a significant fire danger to park visitors and facilities, especially at the campgrounds in Zion Canyon. Learn more about the recent Watchman Fire.
Use Fire Sense
No matter when you visit Zion, and especially in hot, dry summer months, remember:
Your car engine may be hot, especially after long drives. Park away from dry plants.
Check chains on trailers to make sure they don't drag under your car.
Using fireworks is prohibited all the time on public lands.
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Last updated: August 1, 2023