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106 mi 171 km of trail 13 Featured Hikes

Gems 13 Gems Easy Trails 23 Trails Intermediate Trails 18 Trails Hard Trails 3 Trails

Within the 229-square miles of Zion National Park, you'll find high plateaus, a maze of narrow, deep, sandstone canyons, and the Virgin River and its tributaries. Zion also has 2,000-foot Navajo Sandstone cliffs, pine- and juniper-clad slopes, and seeps, springs, and waterfalls supporting colorful and lush hanging gardens. Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, red, and pink that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Zion's unique array of plants, animals, and geology will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.

To learn more about Zion National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Visitor Center hours vary by season, with longer hours during the summer and reduced hours in the winter. For current operating hours, visit the park's website.
  • Zion Canyon Visitor Center and Wilderness Desk
  • Zion Human History Museum
  • Kolob Canyons Visitor Center

Visiting Tips

Zion National is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Some services and facilities may close or reduce hours during parts of the year.

Fees & Passes:
To find more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Zion has three campgrounds of varying size. Watchman Campground takes reservations from March through late November and can be made six months in advance online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. For more information and for a list of other nearby campgrounds, click here.

  • South Campground: $16 per night. 127 campsites available on first come, first served basis.
  • Watchman Campground: $30 for electric sites and $20 for tent sites. There are 176 regular sites and 6 group sites. Open year round.
  • Lavapoint Campground: There is no charge for camping. Six primitive campsites available on a first come, first served basis. Open June through October, weather permitting.

Additionally, the Zion Lodge is located three miles north on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Open year-round, the lodge has motel rooms, cabins, and suites available. Reservations are recommended, and can be made online at www.zionlodge.com or by calling 1-888-297-2757.

Food & Drink

Zion National Park offers two dining options within the park. Both are located at the Zion Lodge.
  • The Red Rock Grill: Open year-round for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner reservations are advised spring through fall and can be made by calling 435-772-3213.
  • Castle Dome Cafe: A seasonal snack bar, offering patio seating for up to 100 people. Open seasonally.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Ranger-led programs are offered at Zion Canyon and Kolob Canyons from April to November. Topics include geology, plants, animals, human history, and more, and are designed to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of Zion National Park.

Free Shuttles:
During the busy season, two free shuttle buses run from early morning to late evening, as often as every seven minutes. Times and intervals change with the seasons. Current schedules are posted at each shuttle stop, at park visitor centers, and online at the park's website.
  • Zion Canyon Shuttle: From April through October access into Zion Canyon is by shuttle bus only. The shuttle stops at nine locations in the park.
  • Springdale Shuttle: Parking is limited inside Zion. Visitors can park in town and take the Springdale Shuttle which stops at nine locations in Springdale.

REI Adventures:
REI offers over 30 national park trips led by expert guides capable of taking you off the beaten path to discover hidden gems that many visitors never see.

Check out REI Adventures' national park offerings here.

Other Activities

The opportunities to explore Zion are endless, and planning a trip to the park can be as challenging as exploring the park itself. Other great activities to check out while visiting the park include bicycling, canyoneering, bouldering, rock climbing, birding, horseback riding, and kayaking.

Zion National Park's 2,000-foot sandstone cliffs are world-renowned for their big wall climbs. Due to their difficulty, most routes in the park are not recommended for inexperienced climbers, but there are few top roping and sport climbing areas. Or for those looking for another type of adventure, explore the wilderness and solitude of Kolob Canyons or hike the Narrows or the Subway to experience the beauty of Zion. Also, be sure to check out the park's website for a list of things to do.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a free park brochure or visitor guide, click here.

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Trails in Zion National Park - 31

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14.7 mi 23.6 km
#1 West Rim Trail
Springdale, UT
14.7 mi 23.6 km Springdale, UT
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Springdale, UT
0.5 mi 0.8 km Springdale, UT
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0.4 mi 0.7 km Springdale, UT
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Springdale, UT
3.9 mi 6.4 km Springdale, UT
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2.1 mi 3.4 km Springdale, UT
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0.5 mi 0.9 km
#6 Kolob Arch Trail
Toquerville, UT
0.5 mi 0.9 km Toquerville, UT
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0.6 mi 1.0 km
#7 Kayenta Trail
Springdale, UT
0.6 mi 1.0 km Springdale, UT
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Springdale, UT
0.8 mi 1.3 km Springdale, UT
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#9 Weeping Rock Trail
Springdale, UT
0.2 mi 0.3 km Springdale, UT
All Clear
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Springdale, UT
0.4 mi 0.6 km Springdale, UT
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Some Mud, Icy - Slush/Ice on trails between first 1.5- 2 miles. Use appropriate footwear.
31 days ago
1.8 mi 2.9 km
#11 Watchman Trail
Springdale, UT
1.8 mi 2.9 km Springdale, UT
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10.3 mi 16.6 km
#12 East Rim Trail
Springdale, UT
10.3 mi 16.6 km Springdale, UT
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Springdale, UT
1.1 mi 1.8 km Springdale, UT
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Toquerville, UT
10.9 mi 17.6 km Toquerville, UT
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Springdale, UT
1.1 mi 1.7 km Springdale, UT
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Icy - A few icy patches in the first mile. Otherwise clear and dry. However rain is forecast for Saturday night 3/10/2018.
40 days ago
Springdale, UT
2.7 mi 4.4 km Springdale, UT
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4.4 mi 7.1 km
#17 East Mesa Trail
Springdale, UT
4.4 mi 7.1 km Springdale, UT
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Icy - A few icy patches in the first mile. Otherwise clear and dry. However rain is forecast for Saturday night 3/10/2018.
40 days ago
4.1 mi 6.5 km
#18 Sand Bench Trail
Springdale, UT
4.1 mi 6.5 km Springdale, UT
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Springdale, UT
3.0 mi 4.8 km Springdale, UT
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Springdale, UT
1.9 mi 3.0 km Springdale, UT
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