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Accessibility
The Visitor Center & Zion Lodge are fully accessible to people with special needs. Several campsites are reserved for people with disabilities & three trails are accessible. More detailed information is available at the Visitor Center.
Backpacking
Free permits are required for all backcountry camping. Group size is limited to 12 persons for both day use and overnight use. Permits and hiking information are available at both Visitor Centers.
Bicycles
Bicycles are permitted only on established roads and the Pa'rus Trail. The Pa'rus Trail leads from the campgrounds to the Scenic Drive Junction. Riding on hiking trails or crosscountry is prohibited.
Bicyclists should always ride defensively; automobile traffic is often heavy and drivers may be distracted by the scenery.
Riding bicycles through the Zion-Mt. Carmel tunnel is prohibited. Bicycles must be transported through the tunnel by a motor vehicle. Contact the visitor center or either entrance station for information.
Camping
In the park: Watchman and South Campgrounds are located near the South Entrance of the park. (Note: Temporary closures may be experienced during the reconstruction of campsites.)
Individual campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrival before noon generally ensures a campsite. You may self-register at the campground. The fee is $8.00 a night or $4.00 for holders of Golden Age/Access cards.
Group campsites are available by reservation to organized groups of 9-40 people for $2.00 per person.
Campground facilities include: restrooms, drinking water, picnic tables, fire grates, RV dump stations, and utility sinks (no showers and hookups).
Outside the park: Private campgrounds (no showers & hookups) are available in Springdale and adjacent to the East Entrance of the park.
For more information on camping in areas surrounding Zion National Park, click here.
Cliffs: DANGER!
When hiking, stay on established trails and watch your footing at all times, especially at overlooks and near drop-offs. Watch children closely!
Loose sand or pebbles on stone are very slippery. Be careful of edges when using cameras or binoculars.
Never throw or roll rocks; there might be hikers below.
Be alert for rock falls and landslides. Although they rarely cause injury, they do occur frequently.
Climbing
Many of Zion's sandstone cliffs are comprised of loose or "rotten" rock. Climbing hardware and techniques which may be appropriate for granite are often less effective on sandstone. Information on climbing is available at the Visitor Center. A free permit is required for over-night climbs.
Drinking Water
Water is available at the Visitor Center, campgrounds, Zion Lodge, Grotto Picnic Area, and Temple of Sinawava. Do not drink untreated water from streams or springs.
Driving
If you are driving an Over sized vehicle,
click here for parking restrictions and tunnel information.
  • Observe posted speed limits: maximum speed is 35 m.p.h National park roads are not disigned for speed. Enjoy the scenery safely.
  • Watch carefully for animals, especially at dawn and dusk.
  • Buckle Up! Use of safety belts is required.
  • NEVER stop in the road. Use established pullouts when observing wildlife, reading maps, or taking photographs.
  • Bicyclists and pedestrians have the right-of-way. Wait for oncoming traffic to clear before passing bicyclists.
  • Drive only on established roads, and park only in designated areas.
  • Watch for rocks or other debris on the roadway.
  • Report all accidents to a park ranger.
Emergencies
For 24-hour emergency response, call 911 or 772-3322. The nearest hospitals are in St. George Cedar City, and Kanab.
Entrance Fees
Entrance fees are $5.00 per private vehicle; and $3.00 per motorcycle, bicyclist, or pedestrian. Annual passes and passes for U.S. senior citizens and disabled persons are also available. Ask at the entrance station. Commercial tour fees vary with passenger capacity.
Pets
Pets must be leashed (6-foot maximum) at all times. They are prohibited in the backcountry, in public buildings and on all trails except the Pa'rus Trail.
Boarding kennels are available in Rockville, Kanab, St. George, and Cedar City.
Food Service
Zion Lodge: Snack bar (open until November) and dining room. Dinner reservations are advised in season, call (801) 772-3213.
Other food service: Restaurants, cafes, deli, and pizza in Springdale and other nerby communities.
For more information on restaurants in areas surrounding Zion National Park, click here.
Information
Zion Canyon Visitor Center: Information, museum, introductory video, books, maps, and backcountry permits. Open daily except December 25th. Telephone (801) 772-3256.
Kolob Canyon Visitor Center: Information, books, maps, and permits. Telephone (801) 586-9548.
Lost & Found: Report lost items and turn in found items to the visitor Center. items not claimed in 60 days may be claimed by the finder.
Lodging
Zion Lodge: Open year-round, reservations advised, call (303) 297-2757 or (801) 772-3213. Motel rooms, cabins, adn suites available. Zion Lodge also has a gift shop and post office.
Other Lodging: Available in Springdale and other nearby communities. Reservations are recommended during the peak season. Grocery stores, gas stations, banks, showers, laundry gift shops, adn U.S. Post Offices are also found in surrounding towns.
For more information on lodging in areas surrounding Zion National Park, click here.
Fires
Fires are permitted only in fire grates/grills in the established campgrounds and at the Grotto Picnic Area. Bring or buy your own firewood. Wood collecting is prhibited in the park. Keep fires small and controlled.
Fires are not permitted in Zion backcountry at any time. Bring your own stoves during backcountry hiking.
Picnic Areas
Picnic areas are located in Zion Canyon (Grotto Picnic Area) and at the end of the Kolob Canyons Road. The Grotto has fire grates, picnic tables, water, and restrooms. The Kolob Canyons site has tables, fire grates, and pit toilets.
Restrooms
Restrooms are located at the Visitor Center, campgrounds, Zion Lodge, Grotto Picnic area, Weeping Rock, Temple of Sinawava, and Canyon Overlook Trailheads.
There are no restrooms along trails. Use restrooms before you hike.
Weather Concerns
Weather in fall, winter and spring varies greatly. Days can be sunny and warm or wet and cool. Monthly precipitation is greatest from December through March, with March averaging the highest. Storms commonly produce snow at higher elevations and rain below 5,000 feet. Although snowfall is slight in Zion Canyon, shaded trails and roads remain icy for much of the winter. Roads are potentially snowy or icy from November through April.
Be alert for lightning, especially in open areas and on the high rim trails. Unexpected storms can develop quickly.
Current weather forecasts are available at the Visitor Center.
Wildlife
Plants, animals, rocks, and all other natural features are protected and must not be disturbed. Feeding wildlife is like killing them with kindness, so please DO NOT FEED WILDLIFE and keep you distance when photographing them. Hunting, spotlighting, or the use of firearms is prohibited.