Getting Around Zion Park

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

I-15 passes west of the Park and connects with UT-9 and 17 to the Park. US-89 passes east and connects with UT-9 to the Park. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is a short distance from the Park's South Entrance adjacent to Springdale. The Visitor Center at the Kolob Canyons entrance is accessible from I-15, exit 40.

Drivers of large vehicles approaching Zion National Park from the east on UT-9 need to be aware of the large vehicle size restrictions.

Vehicles sized 7'10'' in width or 11'4'' in height, or larger, are required to have an ''escort'' (traffic control) through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. Vehicles this size are too large to stay in their lane while traveling through the tunnel. Nearly all RV's, buses, trailers, 5th wheels, and some camper shells will require an escort.

(Note: It is possible to visit Zion with a large vehicle without going through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. To do this enter and exit through the south entrance of the park, near Springdale).

Visitors requiring an escort must pay a $15 fee per vehicle in addition to the entrance fee. Pay this fee at a park entrance before proceeding to the tunnel. The fee is good for 2-trips through the tunnel for the same vehicle during a 7-day period.

Prohibited Vehicles
*Vehicles over 13 feet 1 inch tall.
*Commercial vehicles.
*Vehicles carrying hazardous materials. *Vehicles weighing more than 50,000 pounds. *Single vehicles over 40 feet long.
*Combined vehicles over 50 feet long.

Pam Doerr, Park Ranger

The park may be accessed at all entrances. Bicycles and pedestrians are prohibited through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel. Bicycle/pedestrian traffic entering through the east entrance, heading westbound, must arrange their own shuttle service through the one-mile Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel.

Public Transportation:
Public transportation to the park is not available.

Getting Around:
From April through October, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive (a park road off of Highway 9) is accessible by shuttle bus only. 

Highway 9, which traverses the park from east to west, is open year-round to private vehicles.



Where are Services near Zion National Park?

Where can I get my vehicle fixed? Where are the closest medical clinics/hospitals to Zion National Park? And other services surrounding Zion National Park.

A tunnel on the Mount Carmel Highway road in Zion National Park

Will You Fit Through the Mt. Carmel Tunnel in Zion National Park?

A 1.1 mile-long tunnel is credited with converting Zion from an isolated and rarely visited park, to one of the most popular national parks

Rock formation at Zion National Park

Do I Need to Worry About Falling Rock in Zion National Park?

Rockfalls are very common in Zion National Park but no visitor has ever been killed by one in the history of the park.


Shuttle Buses in Zion National Park

Information and tips on how to best utilize Zion's free shuttle system. Watch the video.

The Virgin River canyon called The Narrows in Zion National Park

Some Canyoneering Favorites in Zion National Park

Try the sport that includes hiking and technical rock climbing inside Zion National Park including the Narrows, the Subway, and North Creek.

Map of Zion National Park

Official Zion National Park Map PDF

A very specific and useful map of Zion National Park showing roads and entrances.

Ranger Victoria Allen greats visitors at the Arches Visitor Center. Photo by NPS Andrew Kuhn

Entrance Fees and Where to Get Your Park Pass

A trip to Utah isn’t complete without a visit to one of its many national park and wilderness areas, so pack a little extra money to cover entrance fees.


Biking Inside and Nearby Zion Nationl Park

Choose the family- and pet-friendly Pa'rus Trail inside Zion, the challenging Gooseberry Mesa Trail for experienced mountain bikers, or the cool Navajo Lake.

Emerald Pools Waterfall

Waterfalls in Zion National Park

Somehow, one doesn't expect desert terrain to be home of some of the world's most spectacular water features. But, Zion is full of waterfalls from snow melt.