How Will COVID-19 Affect My Visit?

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.

When all the parking spots on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive are full park rangers will close the road to private vehicles to protect park resources.The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive opens at 6 am MDT. and on most days all Scenic Drive parking is full before 7 am. Once full, the Scenic Drive will remain closed to private vehicles for most of the day (except for very brief intervals when a small number of cars are allowed up to take empty parking spots). For these reasons, it is unlikely that you will be able to drive your vehicle up the Scenic Drive during your visit to Zion. If you are lucky enough to make it onto the Scenic Drive, it is unlikely that you will be able to park at your preferred trailhead.

You may drive your private vehicle on the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway through the park (tunnel restrictions apply) or the Kolob Terrace Road north of Virgin, Utah (not recommended for large vehicles).

Always have an alternative plan and be flexible.

What are my chances of finding parking on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive?

Based on data collected during the month of June, 2020, between 20% and 40% of the cars that enter the park each day are able to find parking on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The busiest day is Saturday (lowest chance) and the slowest day is Wednesday (highest chance). Most cars that enter the park will not be able to find parking on the Scenic Drive. Most cars that make it onto the Scenic Drive will not be able to park at their preferred destination. Please have flexible alternate travel plans.
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Accessing Hiking Trailheads on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

Temple of Sinawava - Trailhead for the Narrows and Riverside Walk

  • By Car - There are 80 parking spots at the Temple of Sinawava. This parking lot fills up almost immediately every day. Zion National Park averages 3,000 - 5,000 private vehicles entering the park daily. Almost all (around 90%) of these private vehicles want to park at the Temple of Sinawava. Car counters indicate that approximately 1 out of every 10 cars entering the park will be able to park at the Temple of Sinawava. It is very unlikely that you will be able to find parking at the trailhead for the Narrows.

  • By Bicycle - You are allowed to ride your bicycle on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to the Temple of Sinawava. You must ride single file on the right side of the road. Be aware of vehicle traffic. Watch your children. Bicycle rentals are available in nearby communities. Bike Safely
  • By Commercial Shuttle - The park shuttles are not currently operating, but commercial shuttles may be available through various companies in Springdale. These companies have agreements with the park to provide services like shuttles and will be permitted to drive the Scenic Drive when parking is full.
  • By Walking - Not advised. From the beginning of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive at Canyon Junction to the Temple of Sinawava is 6.2 miles (10 km), one way. Summer temperatures have arrived and the road surface is hot!

The Grotto - Trailhead for the West Rim Trail, Kayenta Trail, and Upper Emerald Pools

  • By Car - There are 55 parking spots at the Grotto. That parking lot fills up very early in the day, and chances of getting to park at this trailhead are very low.

  • By Bicycle - You are allowed to ride your bicycle on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. You must ride single file on the right side of the road to the Grotto. Be aware of vehicle traffic. Watch your children. Bicycle rentals are available in nearby communities. Bike Safely
  • By Commercial Shuttle - The park shuttles are not currently operating, but commercial shuttles may be available through various companies in Springdale. These companies have agreements with the park to provide services like shuttles and will be permitted to drive the Scenic Drive when parking is full.
  • By Walking - Not advised. From the beginning of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive at Canyon Junction to the Grotto is 3.3 miles (5.3 km), one way. Summer temperatures have arrived and the road surface is hot!

The Zion Lodge - Trailhead for the West Rim Trail, Kayenta Trail, Upper Emerald Pools, and the Grotto Trail

  • By Car - There are approximately 100 parking spots at the Zion Lodge. Additional parking is reserved for Lodge guests. That parking lot fills up very early in the day, but this is typically the last parking to fill.

  • By Bicycle - You are allowed to ride your bicycle on the Scenic Drive. You must ride single file on the right side of the road. Be aware of vehicle traffic. Watch your children. Bicycle rentals are available in nearby communities.
    Bike Safely
  • By Commercial Shuttle - The park shuttles are not currently operating, but commercial shuttles may be available through various companies in Springdale. These companies have agreements with the park to provide services like shuttles and will be permitted to drive the Scenic Drive when parking is full.
  • By Walking - Not advised. From the beginning of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive at Canyon Junction to Zion Lodge is 2.7 miles (4.3 km), one way. Summer temperatures have arrived and the road surface is hot!

If the parking is full on the Scenic Drive, you may be able to park at the Visitor Center

  • By Car - There is usually plenty of parking available at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, which is the trailhead for the Watchman and Pa'rus Trails.

  • By Bicycle - You are allowed to ride your bicycle on the Pa'rus Trail which will help you reach the Scenic Drive. You must ride single file on the right side of the road. Be aware of vehicle traffic. Watch your children. Bicycle rentals are available in nearby communities. Bike Safely
  • By Commercial Shuttle - The park shuttles are not currently operating, but commercial shuttles may be available through various companies in Springdale. These companies have agreements with the park to provide services like shuttles and will be permitted to drive the Scenic Drive when parking is full.
  • By Walking - Not advised. From the Visitor Center to trailheads on the Scenic Drive, it is between 3 miles (5 km) and 8 miles (13 km), one way. Summer temperatures have arrived and the road surface is hot!

Have Flexible Alternate Travel Plans

There is usually parking available at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center where you can get more information and access the Pa'rus and Watchman Trails.
The greater Zion area outside the park has much to offer. We recommend spending some time coming up with a "next best choice" in case parking is full when you arrive. There are many resources available on the internet, but you can start on our Nearby Attractions page.

Updates to park operations will be posted on the Limited Operations in Zion National Park page.

Mileage Between Points in Zion Canyon (in miles)

If you are planning to use a bicycle or walk on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, these one way distances will be helpful in deciding how to prepare.
Visitor Center Canyon Junction Court of the Patriarchs Zion Lodge Grotto Temple of Sinawava
Visitor Center 0 1.7 3.3 4.4 5 7.9
Canyon Junction 1.7 0 1.6 2.7 3.3 6.2
Court of the Patriarchs 3.3 1.6 0 1.1 1.8 4.6
Zion Lodge 4.4 2.7 1.1 0 0.6 3.5
Grotto 5 3.3 1.8 0.6 0 2.9
Temple of Sinawava 7.9 6.2 4.6 3.5 2.9 0

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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