Ranger-led Activities

Ranger-led Bird Walk
Ranger-led Bird Walk

Youth Programs

Youth programs are designed specifically for families and children. Youth must be accompanied by an adult while attending all programs.

South Campground Amphitheater Junior Ranger Programs

Daily at 9:00 am

Explore a new topic, such as wildfires, animal adaptations, or observing nature with all your senses in these highly interactive youth programs.

The South Campground Amphitheater is located next to the South Campground off of the Pa’rus Trail. The shuttle does not stop at the here, but the amphitheater can be accessed from the Pa’rus Trail. Limited parking is available.

Evening Storytellers Program

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 pm starting on May 22nd

Join a ranger to hear the stories and songs of Zion Canyon. Topics include nocturnal animals, night skies, and human history. Programs are designed for families with youth of all ages.

The South Campground Amphitheater is located next to the South Campground off of the Pa’rus Trail.

Drop-in Programs

Park Rangers are available for 1.5 hours from the start of the program. Stop by anytime and stay for a minute or stay for an hour.

Emerald Explorers
Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:30 am
Emerald Pools Trailhead
Discover Zion’s amazing animals and explore the secrets of the Emerald Pools.

Riverside Rangers

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 to 11:30 am
Riverside Walk

Learn about the wild ways that water affects animals and shapes Zion Canyon, and how you can help protect this canyon.

Possible Ranger-led Programs

Programs are primarily being offered between mid-March and September. The information presented here is primarily to help you plan your visit. For current ranger programming check with park information desks and bulletin boards for details or email us at zion_park_information@nps.gov.

Types of Programs


Enjoy a 20-30 minute talk on the patio at the Visitor Center Patio Talk Area. Daily at 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 12:15 pm and 1:15 pm. Limited parking is available.


Confirm the walk is scheduled by checking at the park information desks and bulletin boards before attending. Ranger-led walks occur daily in summer in Zion Canyon.
Meet the ranger at the Zion Lodge flagpole for a 5 pm departure or at the Angels Landing Trailhead for a 6 pm departure. Be prepared to walk for one hour and 0.5 miles on the easy Grotto Trail with a 50 foot elevation gain (15 m). Wear appropriate footwear and bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and water.

Evening Programs

Discover what makes Zion such a special place. Forty-five minute programs addressing a myriad of topics are offered every evening May through September at Watchman Campground. Parking is available at Watchman Campground for non-campers. Please note that the Zion Lodge evening programs have been suspended due to COVID-19.

Ride with a Ranger Shuttle Tours

Suspended due to COVID-19. Conducted daily from Memorial Day until September 29 and starting at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. These tours last two hours. Seats are limited - make free reservations, in person, up to three days in advance at the information desk at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. No telephone reservations accepted. Note: Because large groups can impact the availability of seats for other visitors, group size is limited to 8. This includes people sharing the same affiliation (school, club, scout troop, family, friends) on any one tour.

Last updated: May 7, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9

Springdale, UT 84767


Recorded park information available 24 hours a day. Phones are answered 9 am to 4 pm Mountain Daylight Time. You can also send your questions to us at zion_park_information@nps.gov.

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