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94 mi 151 km of trail 12 Featured Hikes

Gems 13 Gems Easy Trails 20 Trails Intermediate Trails 18 Trails Hard Trails 2 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.
  • Purchase an annual pass for all national parks sites, $80
  • 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: 127 campsites available on first come, first served basis.
    • Watchman Campground: There are 176 regular sites and 6 group sites. Open year round.
    • Lavapoint Campground: 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.

    Gems in Zion National Park - 13

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    Featured Hikes in Zion National Park - 12

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    Trails in Zion National Park - 28

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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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    Fallen Trees - Only one tree blocking the path, but it’s easy to duck under. Cabin springs and several seeps are running.
    60 days ago
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    Springdale, UT
    2.1 mi 3.4 km Springdale, UT
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    11 
    Springdale, UT
    3.9 mi 6.4 km Springdale, UT
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    Mostly Dry - Stream isn't very full. Makes keeping feet dry until the end pretty easy. Leaves are changing and absolutely incredible!
    46 days ago
    14 
    0.2 mi 0.3 km
    #4 Weeping Rock Trail
    Springdale, UT
    0.2 mi 0.3 km Springdale, UT
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    Dry
    35 days ago
    33 
    Springdale, UT
    0.5 mi 0.8 km Springdale, UT
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    Dry
    35 days ago
    17 
    1.8 mi 2.9 km
    #6 Watchman Trail
    Springdale, UT
    1.8 mi 2.9 km Springdale, UT
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    28 
    Springdale, UT
    0.8 mi 1.3 km Springdale, UT
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    Dry
    80 days ago
    30 
    Springdale, UT
    0.4 mi 0.7 km Springdale, UT
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    Springdale, UT
    0.4 mi 0.6 km Springdale, UT
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    0.5 mi 0.9 km
    #10 Kolob Arch Trail
    Toquerville, UT
    0.5 mi 0.9 km Toquerville, UT
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    0.6 mi 1.0 km
    #11 Kayenta Trail
    Springdale, UT
    0.6 mi 1.0 km Springdale, UT
    Bad / Closed
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    Closed due to rock fall
    70 days ago
    23 
    10.3 mi 16.6 km
    #12 East Rim Trail
    Springdale, UT
    10.3 mi 16.6 km Springdale, UT
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    16 
    Springdale, UT
    0.4 mi 0.6 km Springdale, UT
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    Dry
    35 days ago
    Springdale, UT
    3.0 mi 4.8 km Springdale, UT
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    Dry
    35 days ago
    Springdale, UT
    2.7 mi 4.4 km Springdale, UT
    All Clear
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    Dry
    60 days ago
    Springdale, UT
    1.1 mi 1.8 km Springdale, UT
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    6.6 mi 10.7 km
    #17 Hop Valley Trail
    Toquerville, UT
    6.6 mi 10.7 km Toquerville, UT
    Unknown
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    Toquerville, UT
    10.9 mi 17.6 km Toquerville, UT
    Unknown
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    Springdale, UT
    1.1 mi 1.7 km Springdale, UT
    Bad / Closed
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    Trail is completely closed due to rock slides.
    20 days ago
    4.4 mi 7.1 km
    #20 East Mesa Trail
    Springdale, UT
    4.4 mi 7.1 km Springdale, UT
    All Clear
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    Dry
    35 days ago
    1.7 mi 2.7 km
    #21 Parus Trail
    Springdale, UT
    1.7 mi 2.7 km Springdale, UT
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    8.1 mi 13.0 km
    #22 Chinle Trail
    Springdale, UT
    8.1 mi 13.0 km Springdale, UT
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    Springdale, UT
    5.9 mi 9.5 km Springdale, UT
    All Clear
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    Mostly Dry - Only water source is at Spring about half way through. Lots of ascent. Beautiful trail ‘
    50 days ago
    Springdale, UT
    1.9 mi 3.0 km Springdale, UT
    Unknown
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    4.1 mi 6.5 km
    #25 Sand Bench Trail
    Springdale, UT
    4.1 mi 6.5 km Springdale, UT
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    0.8 mi 1.3 km
    #26 Grotto Trail
    Springdale, UT
    0.8 mi 1.3 km Springdale, UT
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    4.0 mi 6.5 km
    #27 Connector Trail
    Springdale, UT
    4.0 mi 6.5 km Springdale, UT
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    1.0 mi 1.6 km
    #28 Wrangler Trail
    Springdale, UT
    1.0 mi 1.6 km Springdale, UT
    Unknown
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