Three Tips for Dealing with Zion's Crowds
1. Adjust Your Expectations
Strangers are just friends you haven't met yet. Many visitors report sparking new friendships with their fellow travelers on the trail. Don't expect your trip to be all solitude and be considerate to everyone else looking for peace. Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Yield to other users on the trail. Avoid loud voices and music near other people. Take the Zion Pledge to learn more about reducing your impact at the park.
2. Have a Backup Plan, or Two
Zion National Park is more than just Zion Canyon. Congestion and crowds can eat into the time you’ve planned to spend at the park. Floods, rockfall, and wildfires can also close parts of Zion. Being flexible will allow you to get the most out of your visit. If parking is full, don't add to the congestion, just move on to your back up plan or try again later. Visit Zion's trip planning pages to start developing a backup plan.
3. Consider one of Zion's Neighbors
Thinking of your visit as a trip to Canyon Country rather than just to a National Park will open up a whole world of new opportunities. East into Bryce Canyon, West into the Great Basin, South into the Grand Canyon, and North to Cedar Breaks, Zion National Park is surrounded by spectacular scenery and recreation opportunities. We've compiled a list of nearby attractions here.