Bicycling

Bicycling on Par'rus Trail
Bicycling on the Pa'rus Trail

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic parking options are limited in Zion National Park, including very limited parking on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The Zion Canyon and Springdale Shuttle System is temporarily out of service. The park is working towards resuming shuttle service in compliance with CDC guidelines, but at this time it is not known when the shuttle will resume. Currently, the only access to the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is by private vehicle (23 feet long or less), bicycling, or by hiring a commercial shuttle from a nearby community.
How will COVID-19 affect my visit?

Help us protect the park and ensure a safe and enjoyable bicycling experience by following the rules and regulations below:

General Regulations

  • 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 bikes.
  • Due to daily closures of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive the Parus Trail is seeing a large increase in foot and bike traffic.
    • SLOW DOWN!
    • WARN PEDESTRIANS WHEN YOU ARE APPROACHING THEM FROM BEHIND.
    • BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS.
  • Bicycles must ride single file on the right side of park roads and the Parus Trail.
  • Wear your helmet!
  • Cyclists are limited to groups of 6 bikes or less. Larger groups prevent vehicles from passing them in a safe manner on the narrow park roads. Groups of more than 6 bikes can split into smaller groups but must be separated by one quarter mile or more.

Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

  • Bikes on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive must ride single file on the side of the road.
  • Be especially careful when biking through Canyon Junction and Weeping Rock. These areas have limited sight and narrow lanes.
  • Canyon Junction is very busy with Canyon Parking Operations. Ride slowly on the side of the road.

Pa'rus Trail

  • Due to daily closures of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, the Pa'rus Trail is seeing a large increase in foot and bike traffic.
    • SLOW DOWN!
    • WARN PEDESTRIANS WHEN YOU ARE APPROACHING THEM FROM BEHIND.
    • BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS.
  • Bicyclists must obey all traffic signs including stop signs. The side trail to the Human History Museum is not open to bicycles.
  • There are lots of turns, bridges, blind corners, and wildlife along the trail. Cyclists must warn pedestrians before passing, either verbally or with a horn or bell. Pedestrians have the right of way. Bikes must stop if the path is not clear.
  • Be careful when passing dogs. The speed and sound of a bicycle can startle animals.

All Other Park Roads

  • Cyclists attempting to travel through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel must obtain a ride through the tunnel, which is often possible by hitchhiking. Rangers are not allowed to arrange for, or transport cyclists through the tunnel.
  • These roads (Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, Kolob Canyons Road, and Kolob Terrace Road) have steep grades, sharp curves, and narrow sections with no shoulder. Use caution.

E-Bikes

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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Bicycling

Last updated: June 16, 2020

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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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