Zion National Park in Southwest Utah
Cliffs, slot canyons, and dizzying views: This southwestern Utah park has them all. Two classic Zion experiences: hiking the 5.4-mile (round-trip) West Rim Trail to Angels Landing and exploring one of the country’s best slot canyons in the 16-mile (one-way) Virgin River Narrows.
FAQs About Zion Canyon
Can I drive my private vehicle into Zion Canyon?
From April to October, access into the canyon is by free shuttle bus only. Private vehicles are allowed to access the canyon from November to mid March.
Can I bicycle into Zion Canyon?
Bicycles are allowed on the 7-mile Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Due to safety concerns cyclists are required to pull over and stop when approached from behind by a shuttle bus, and NEVER PASS A SHUTTLE BUS.
What is a red permit? Do I need one?
Red permits are issued for overnight guests of the Zion Lodge. They are required to park in the lodge parking lot.
Can commercial buses enter Zion Canyon?
Commercial tour buses can only drive directly to the Lodge if they are using Lodge facilities. Commercial buses are not allowed to drive anywhere else in the canyon from April through October. Commerical buses are to park in designated areas only – NOT in the shuttle stops.
Are food services available in Zion Canyon?
Zion Lodge operates a restaurant year round and a snack bar from April through October.
Is there any camping in Zion Canyon?
No. Closest camping is available in Watchman and South campgrounds, located near the south entrance.
Where can I go swimming in the canyon?
Anywhere in the Virgin River. Tubing is not allowed within the park, but may be done in Springdale. Swimming is not allowed in the Emerald Pools.
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