Bicycling

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

Cycling is a great way to see Zion National Park and is a popular alternative to shuttle buses for accessing the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

Certain park operations, including the shuttle buses, have changed dramatically due to COVID-19. For more information, find out how COVID-19 will affect your visit.

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.
  • Bicycles must ride single file on the right side of park roads and the Parus Trail.
  • Please 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.
  • Bicycles are allowed on the park shuttle buses, though you will need to be able to lift the bikes on and off the front racks yourself.

Pa'rus Trail

  • The Pa'rus Trail is a multi-use path with foot and bike traffic, so slow down and please 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 wildlife and pets. The speed and sound of a bicycle can startle animals.
  • The Pa'rus Trail begins at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and can take you to the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive without the need to ride on UT-9 (the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway).

Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

  • The park shuttle buses will not pass bicycle riders on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Cyclists must pull over to the side of the road and come to a complete stop so shuttles can safely pass them.
  • Though the park shuttles have bike racks, you may not ride the shuttles back from the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive unless you have a valid shuttle ticket for the day.
  • There are bike racks located at major shuttles tops and trail heads for your convenience.
  • Bikes on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive must ride single file on the side of the road.
  • Use caution when biking through the Canyon Junction and Weeping Rock areas due to limited sight corridors and narrow lanes.

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: August 8, 2020

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Mailing Address:

Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9

Springdale, UT 84767

Phone:

(435) 772-3256
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