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Preserving southwestern Utah’s 15-mile long, half-mile deep Zion Canyon, the area now known as Zion National Park has been inhabited by humans for about 8,000 years. Ranging from the relative lows of the Coal Pits Wash (elevation 3,666 feet) to the park’s highest peak at the summit of Horse Ranch Mountain (elevation 8,726 feet), Zion invites explorers to discover its canyons, crags, and cliffs. Along with a wide variety of traditional hiking experiences, Zion also offers the opportunity to take a unique, wading walk through its iconic Narrows. Additionally, the park bears the distinction of being the first designated national park in the state of Utah.

The weather at Zion National Park varies considerably amongst the seasons, and has been known to shift by as much as 30 degrees even within a single day. The high summer months frequently see daytime highs of over 100 F, and violent afternoon thunderstorms are frequent during the monsoon season (between mid-July and September). Fall brings cooler temperatures and dryer skies, making it the most ideal time to visit -- and also the most crowded. If you head to Zion during winter or spring, be sure to prepare yourself for cold, wet weather; check the park’s official weather page for full details before you head out.

The closest town to Zion National Park is the small village of Springdale, whose population was 529 at the 2010 census. Further west on Route 9, you’ll find the towns of Rockville and Grafton; the relatively large city of St. George is about an hour’s drive away.

Visitors are drawn to Zion for all kinds of outdoor recreational opportunities, from hiking and biking to climbing and canyoneering. The wading hike through The Narrows is considered an iconic Zion experience, and can be tailored to fit a wide range of skill and fitness levels. The National Park Service also hosts a variety of educational and interpretive programs, such as nature talks, guided walks, and more. Click here to see the park’s official events calendar for full and up-to-date details.

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Weather
  • Spring 50-60 F
  • Summer 100 F
  • Fall 70 F
  • Winter 50 F
Location & Hours
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Park Info
  • Zion National Park Private Vehicle: $35
  • Zion National Park Motorcycle: $30
  • Zion National Park Per Person: $20

Zion National Park Hiking Trails

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a technical challenge, you’ll find a trail that suits your needs at Zion. (And no matter which end of the spectrum you’re on or which hike you go for, you’re guaranteed some absolutely epic views.)

As in any hiking situation, it’s important to plan ahead to ensure your safety. Always carry ample water, high-energy snacks, and lots of sunscreen -- as well as a trail map and a compass.

For complete information about hiking in Zion National Park, check out the park’s official hiking page as well as the user-generated data at AllTrails.

Zion National Park Hiking Trails

Things to do Outside Zion National Park

Even the hardiest outdoor adventurer has to eat sometime -- or buy a new T-shirt or two.

Although Zion is in a fairly remote location, its popularity as a travel destination means the surrounding towns are bustling with tourist-oriented activities. Translation: delicious eats, fun boutiques, and a wealth of cultural opportunities, all in the heart of the Utah high desert.

Restaurants

Shopping

Sightseeing

RV Resorts & Campsites in Zion National Park

There are three campgrounds located inside Zion National Park, each of which can accommodate RVs (though length restrictions vary). Hookup sites exist, but are limited, and the campgrounds can fill up quickly even during the off season.

RVers can also choose from a range of privately-owned campgrounds and parks in the area, as well as a number of free or low cost dispersed camping, or boondocking, opportunities.

Campgrounds Near Zion National Park

Find the Best Dumpstations Near Zion National Park

An unglamorous but necessary aspect of RVing? Dump stations. Knowing where the best dump stations are near you will allow for more ease and less stress in your travels. Dump stations are an easy and convenient way to clear waste from your RV. Use our guides to find dump stations on your route, so you can get back to the good stuff – exploring, relaxing, and making memories on the road.

Dumpstations Near Zion National Park

How to get to Zion National Park

It probably comes as no surprise that RVing has a special place in our heart when it comes to deciding how best to travel to the most sacred sites in our country. RVing offers you the unique opportunity to combine the flexibility of road-tripping with all the comforts of home… and to get front-row seats to all the action by camping inside the park proper. (Psst: don’t have a rig of your own? No problem. Check out the RV rental listings available in your area.)

Nestled in the southwestern corner of Utah, Zion National Park is serviced by the state’s Route 9, otherwise known as Zion Park Boulevard. For full information on how to drive to the park from a variety of different orientations, check out the park’s official directions page, complete with an annotated map.

The closest major airports to Zion National Park are Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, both of which are several hours’ drive from the property. Saint George, Utah and Cedar City, Utah both have small, regional airports which are serviced by Salt Lake City and Denver.

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Frequently Asked Questions
    What is the best time of year to visit Zion National Park?

    Fall is the best time of year to visit Zion National Park. The park may still be crowded in fall - winter sees the fewest crowds. However, weather for hiking is cooler than in the sweltering summer months and spring runoff can make hiking in the canyon a challenge.

    How large is Zion National Park?

    Zion National Park is 229.1 square miles, or 146,597 acres. The park is comprised of beautiful red rock landscape that changes with the shadows and play of light throughout the day.

    What is the climate of Zion National Park?

    The climate of Zion National Park is hot and usually clear in summer and very cold and sometimes cloudy in winter. Temperatures in the park can go from 28°F in winter to 98°F in summer. The park is also very dry and arid, in spite of the river running through the canyon.

    Are there designated camping spots in Zion National Park?

    Yes, there are designated camping spots in Zion National Park. Zion has three campgrounds - Watchman Campground, the Lava Point Campground, and South Campground. Watchman is open all year, but the other two are closed in winter.

    What are the top things to do in Zion National Park?

    Top things to do at Zion National Park include hiking The Narrows, visiting Angels Landing, and spending a day at Kolob Canyons. Zion offers many opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities.