Zion National Park in Southwest Utah

Emerald Pools next to the "subway"

The “Subway” slot canyon

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

Park visitors waiting for the shuttle at the Zion Canyon Visitors Center. Photo by Ken Lund via Flickr

Park visitors waiting for the shuttle at the Zion Canyon Visitors Center. Photo by Ken Lund via Flickr

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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Can I Bring My Pet to Zion National Park?

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FAQs about Kolob Canyon in Zion

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FAQs About Zion Hiking Trails

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Fish Species of Zion National Park

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Fishing inside Zion Park

The Virgin River through Zion is considered a wild river and has six species native to the Virgin River basin, four of which reach into the Zion headwaters. Read More...

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Getting Around Zion Park

How to get around Zion National Park by specific modes of transportation, including what is permitted and what is prohibited. Read More...

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Hiking Angels Landing in Zion National Park

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Hiking the Zion Narrows along the Virgin River

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Horseback Riding in Zion

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Kolob Arch in Zion's backcountry may be the second longest in the world. NPS Photo/Rendall Seely

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Official Zion National Park Map PDF

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Shuttle Buses in Zion National Park

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The Virgin River canyon called The Narrows in Zion National Park

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The Upper Emerald Pools Trail in Zion National Park

The Emerald Pools of Zion National Park

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