Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Zion National Park
Q:Where is Zion National Park located?
A:Zion National Park is located in the Southwestern corner of Utah, and northwest of the city of Saint George in Washington, Kane and Iron counties.
Q:What is the history surrounding Zion National Park?
A:Zion National park was established in 1909 as Mukuntuweap National Monument. It became Zion National Park in 1919. The name "Zion" meaning "place of refuge," was given to the canyon by Mormon pioneers.
Q:What is the climate like in Zion National Park?
A:The average temperature at Zion National Park is 75 degrees Fahrenheit, ranging from 52 degrees in January to a high of 100 degrees in July. The air is arid and dry making Zion a great winter park, though you should take the precaution of being prepared for winter driving conditions from November through March.
Q:When is the best time to visit Zion National Park?
A:The peak season at the park is from May thru September. If you choose to visit the park during the winter season you will enjoy shorter lines and lower rates at many of the surrounding hotels.
Q:What are Zion National Park fees?
Private Vehicle = $35.00 (valid for 7 days)
Motorcycle = $30.00 (valid for 7 days)
Per Person = $20.00 (valid for 7 days)
Q:What is the recommended stay duration at Zion National Park?
A:Minimalist (2 Days)
Driving/Sightseeing: ½ Day - 1 Day
Hiking/Exploring: ½ Day - 1 Day
Activities/Tours/Special Programs: ½ Day
Adventurist (4-5 Days)
Driving/Sightseeing: 1 Day
Hiking/Exploring: 2-3 Days
Activities/Tours/Special Programs: 1 Day
Notes: While it doesn't take long to drive the primary roads of the park, you will probably want to set aside a good half-day to a full day for taking your time to enjoy the scenic turnouts and points of interest along the way. The real beauty of Zion National Park needs to be experienced on a hike or backpacking trip however. It is from one of Zion National Parks hiking trails that you will be able to get an 'inside look' into the slot canyons and narrows to observe the stunning beauty of the colored canyon walls as they glow in the filtered light of the sun. The hiking trails in Zion vary quite a bit in length and complexity from short and simple to long and extreme. The passive visitor will be able to fill their appetite on a simple half-day hike, while the adventurists will crave the beauty and adventure of the more lengthy and complex hikes that will require multiple days to enjoy. Other activities in the park include canyoneering classes, ranger-led activities and evening programs, horseback trail rides, bicycling, climbing, cross-country skiing and more.
Q:What are the temperature variances at Zion National Park?
Q:Is there cellular and WiFi service?
Cellular service is not available inside the park. Service is generally available at the park entrances only. Public WiFi is available during open hours at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and the Human History Museum.
Q:Are pets allowed inside of the park?
Pets are not allowed on any trails other than the Pa'rus Trail, any wilderness areas, shuttle buses, or public buildings in Zion National Park. Pets are allowed in campgrounds, parking lots, roads, picnic areas, and other developed areas. Do not allow your pet to go in the water. An active presence of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins has been found in the Virgin River and it can be potentially toxic to your pet. You can not leave your pet unattended or tied up to an object. Pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet (1.8 meters) at all times. Owners must clean up after their pets.
Q:Where are groceries and gas available at?
The only gas and groceries available can be found at Springdale. No gas or grocery stores are located inside the park.