Accessibility

A person in a wheelchair riding a lift to board the shuttle

Accessibility in Zion

The park visitor centers, museum, restrooms, shuttle buses, picnic areas, and the Zion Lodge are accessible. Several campsites are reserved for people with disabilities, and the Pa’rus Trail and Riverside Walk offer accessible hikes. Service dogs are permitted on a leash throughout the park.

The orientation film offers captioning and the frontcountry trails video has an audio description. Most Ranger-led programs are accessible, as indicated in the park newspaper. Assistive listening devices are available by reservation for all ranger-led programs. Please visit the Zion Human History Museum for more information.

 
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Learn about wheelchair accessibility and how to plan an accessible visit to Zion National Park.

 

Accessibility Details

Zion Canyon Visitor Center

Located 0.2 miles from the South Entrance. Reserved parking spaces are available with accessible walkways leading to the building. Accessible unisex restroom, sales displays, water fountain, and information desk.

Zion Human History Museum

Located 1 mile from the South Entrance. Reserved parking spaces are available with a ramp leading to the building. The Human History Museum is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Kolob Canyons Visitor Center

Kolob Canyons area, Visitor Center and Scenic Drive are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Zion Canyon Transportation

From mid-February through late November access into Zion Canyon is by shuttle bus only (see the Shuttle System page for more information and schedules). All shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible. Use of personal vehicles is restricted to those individuals requiring additional vehicle supported medical devices, those unable to ride the shuttle for medical reasons, or when the shuttle bus cannot accommodate the individual due to weight or size restrictions. The shuttle lift has a combined weight limit of 600 lbs and cannot accommodate chairs larger than 45" long or 25" wide. A special permit for personal vehicle use up-canyon must be obtained from the visitor center or museum information desks.

2020 Update: To comply with COVID-19 public health guidelines, shuttle drivers are not allowed to assist riders with wheelchairs. During this time when wheelchairs cannot be allowed on shuttles, you may obtain a special permit for personal vehicle use on the Scenic Drive from the visitor center information desk.


Follow this link to listen to the Shuttle Narration.

Zion Lodge

The Zion Lodge is located in Zion Canyon. Access to Zion Lodge is restricted to wheelchair accessible shuttle buses from mid-February through late November. During the winter, reserved parking spaces are available with a ramp leading to the building. The snack bar, gift shop, restrooms, auditorium, and dining room are all accessible. Four hotel rooms are accessible. A wheelchair is available for loan. Contact the Zion Lodge for more information.

Picnic Areas

Visitor Center Picnic Area: Visitor Center Picnic Area: Located 0.3 miles from the South Entrance on the outer edge of the visitor center parking lot. Picnic sites are level with compacted gravel surfaces. Most tables are extended. Accessible unisex restroom is available near the visitor center.

Grotto Picnic Area: Located 3.5 miles up the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and accessible only by shuttle bus from early March through mid-November. Reserved parking spaces are available in the off months. Picnic grounds are level with compacted gravel surfacing. Accessible, unisex bathroom.

Kolob Canyons Picnic Area: The Kolob Canyons area and Scenic Drive are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Watchman Campground Accessibility

Watchman Campground has seven standard accessible sites and two accessible group sites, all of which have easy access to accessible restrooms. The road access route to the Visitor Center and Shuttle Stop has grades of up to 5% for 30-foot stretches. An alternate concrete and asphalt-paved pathway adjacent to the amphitheater through the river entrance plaza has slopes of up to 18% for 5’ stretches and slopes up to 8% for 39 foot stretches with some uneven surfaces. A beach access route near site B56 allows visitors using mobility devices to get close to the Virgin River, however flooding has created a step at the end of the concrete pathway. The amphitheater has accessible seating located on the top row.

South Campground Accessibility

South Campground has three flat sites, but no accessible facilities such as restrooms or trails. Campers staying in South Campground can travel .3 miles to the Watchman Campground to utilize accessible restrooms if necessary.

Trails

Riverside Walk: Due to recent trail damage and ongoing repairs, no portion of the Riverside Walk is currently considered wheelchair accessible. Slopes exceed 12% in short sections and there are gaps greater than 2” in concrete, level changes of up to 3”, and sand covering the trail for the first .4 miles. Beyond that point, short sections of the trail exceed a 20% slope, the trail varies in width from 3 to 5 feet, and sand on the trail may make the surface slippery.

Pa'rus Trail: The Pa’rus Trail is a 1.5 mile, paved, 8 to 10- foot wide multi-use trail between the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and Canyon Junction with minimal grade change. The quarter mile closest to the Visitor Center is asphalt and has cracking, but the remainder is concrete and mostly smooth and level. The most accessible route is to start at the Overflow Parking Lot behind the Zion Nature Center and access the Pa’rus Trail by following the concrete pathway through South Campground. From that point, most of the trail has between a 2% and 5% slope, but three sections of less than 30’ each have slopes up to 10%. Much of the trail is exposed to direct sunlight throughout the day although three resting plazas have shade structures. Bridge surfaces may be slippery. A side trail from the Pa'rus Trail to the Zion Museum is uneven and rocky with large log steps and tight turns.

Virtual Hikes:
You can also visit Zion National Park with our
Virtual Hikes

Service Animals

Service Animals are permitted on a leash anywhere in the park, including trails, shuttles and buildings.

Elevations

Park elevations range from 3,666 feet (Pa'rus Wash) to 8,726 feet. (Horse Ranch Mountain).
Approximate elevations of common locations (in feet):

Zion Canyon Visitor Center: 4,000
Zion Lodge: 4,300
Temple of Pa'rus: 4,500
East Entrance/backcountry Mesa Viewpoint: 5,700
Coalpits Canyons Visitor Center: 5,200
Sinawava Canyons Picnic Area: 6,200

 

Zion National Park's Self-Evaluation for Accessibility

Completed in 2016, this document analyzes the Park's facilities and programs to ensure their access to all users. It is intended to be a public document, but it is also a working guidance document for the Park.

View or download Zion National Park's Self-Evaluation for Accessibilty

View or download NPS National Laws, Regulations and Policies on Accessibility

Last updated: August 19, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9

Springdale, UT 84767

Phone:

(435) 772-3256
Recorded park information available 24 hours a day. Phones are answered 9 am to 4 pm Mountain Time. If no one answers, please send your questions to us at zion_park_information@nps.gov.

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