Park rangers care for the special places set aside by the American people to conserve and experience our heritage. This page will help you learn how to steward and enjoy Zion.
Experiencing this desert oasis can be a magical, but it can also be dangerous if you're unprepared. Zion is shaped by forces to be reckoned with and respected. Planning ahead can you prepare to face or avoid scorching heat, frigid cold, or roaring flash floods.
When you're ready, Zion offers many experiences to enjoy. You can follow the paths where dinosaurs, indigenous people, and pioneers walked, gaze up at cream, pink, and red sandstone cliffs that soar into a brilliant blue sky, and explore Wilderness in narrow slot canyons. The park's unique landscapes, plants, animals, and history will enchant as you encoutner their rich past while enjoying the excitement of present day adventures.
Your safety is your responsibility. Use this information to help inform happy, healthy visits at Zion National Park.
Maps & Basic Information
Lots fill early year-round. When you are in Zion Canyon, you can park in Springdale and ride the free Zion Canyon Shuttle System to enter at our pedestrian entrance. You do not have to drive to enter Zion from Springdale.
No matter where you are in Zion, only use designated parking areas. Parking outside of designated spots can harm plants, animals, and history.
Zion is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round. Park visitor center hours change seasonally. Check hours before you visit.
When the Zion Canyon Shuttle System is operating, Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is only accessible by shuttle. If you want to use a personal vehicle on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive at a time of year when the shuttle is not running, check the Zion Canyon Shuttle Schedule.
Conditions change quickly. Check the forecast before you enter the park, dress in layers, and bring plenty of water no matter when during the year you visit. Flash floods are always possible, and it is essential to know what to expect before entering canyons. Trails and roads roads are sometimes not open due to rockfall, flooding, or weather.
Zion offers a guided and self-guided Junior Ranger booklet for visitors who are four years old and older. Check facility hours and get a Junior Ranger books for free at visitor centers, the Zion Human History Museum, and the Nature Center.
Large vehicles like almost all motor homes, recreational vehicles (RVs), and travel trailers cannot travel through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel unless a ranger stops traffic so that the driver can drive over the tunnel center line. Most cars or SUVs can drive through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel at any time, but some pick-up trucks are too large to fit through the tunnel without traffic control.
Know when rangers will be present because you cannot drive a large vehicle or trailer through the tunnel (i.e. drive across Zion) unless they stop traffic for you.
Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen to recorded information by calling anytime 24 hours a day.
Rangers answer phone calls from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. MT, but a ranger may not answer if they are already speaking with someone else.