Enhance your understanding and enjoyment of Zion National Park by taking part in a ranger program. Programs are offered at Zion Canyon from mid-April to mid-October. Topics include geology, plants, animals, human history, and more. Check the schedules posted at the visitor center and bulletin boards throughout the park for times, places, and schedules.
Youth programs are designed specifically for families and children. Children must be accompanied by an adult while attending the programs. Youth programs are offered intermittently through March and April, from Memorial Day through mid-August, and during Labor Day Weekend. Programs take place throughout the park, at the Zion Nature Center, and at the Zion Lodge.
All ranger-led programs are free and for all ages. Check the current
Map and Guide, or at visitor centers and bulletin boards throughout the park for times, places, and subjects.
Types of Programs
There is a Ranger-led Hike daily on the Watchman Trail. Meet the ranger at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 8 am. Be prepared to walk two miles on a moderate trail with a 368 foot elevation gain (112 km). Wear sturdy footwear and bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and water.
20-30 minute talks at the Zion Human History Museum, a regular shuttle stop.
Stop by anytime between the times listed. Stay for a minute or stay for an hour. Held at the Big Bend Shuttle Stop, the Temple of Sinawava, Weeping Rock Trailhead, and the Emerald Pools Trailhead.
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 Zion Lodge and Watchman Campground. Parking is available at Watchman Campground for non-campers.
Ride with a Ranger Shuttle Tours
Conducted daily from Memorial Day to the end of September. starting at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. These tours last approximately 90 minutes. 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.
Nature Center Youth Programs
These programs are offered daily from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. The Zion Nature Center is located next to the South Campground. The shuttle does not stop here, but it can be accessed from the Pa'rus Trail. Limited Parking is available. Programs are designed specifically for children and families, and are 30-45 minutes long.