Zion National Park Travel Guide

Park Essentials


Both visitor centers, all shuttle buses, and Zion Lodge are fully accessible to people in wheelchairs. Several campsites (sites A24 and A25 at Watchman Campground and sites 103, 114, and 115 at South Campground) are reserved for people with disabilities, and two trails—Riverside Walk and Pa’rus Trail—are accessible with some assistance.

Park Fees and Permits

Entrance to Zion National Park is $25 per vehicle for a seven-day pass. People entering on foot or by bicycle or motorcycle pay $12 per person (not to exceed $25 per family) for a seven-day pass. Entrance to the Kolob Canyons section of the park costs only $10, and you receive credit for this entrance fee when you pay to enter Zion Canyon.

Permits are required for backcountry camping and overnight hikes. Depending on which parts of the trails you’re going to explore, you'll need a special permit for the Narrows and Kolob Creek or the Subway slot canyon. Climbing and canyoneering parties will also need a permit before using technical equipment.

Zion National Park limits the total number of overnight and canyoneering permits issued per day and has a reservation system with most of the permits now issued in an online lottery to apportion them fairly. Permits to the Subway, Mystery Canyon, the Narrows through-hikes, and West Rim are in short supply during high season. The maximum size of a group hiking into the backcountry is 12 people. The cost for a permit for 1 to 2 people is $10; 3 to 7 people, $15; and 8 to 12 people, $20. Permits and hiking information are available at either visitor center. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/zion prior to your trip to the park.

Park Hours

The park, open daily year-round, 24 hours a day, is in the Mountain time zone.

Automobile Service Stations

Just outside the park and in nearby Kanab and Springdale, you can fuel up, get your tires and oil changed, and have auto repairs done.

Little's Diesel Service (1600 S. Hwy. 89A, Kanab, UT, 84741. 435/644–8785. littleskanab.com.)

Springdale Chevron (1593 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT, 84767. 435/772–3965.)

Cell-Phone Reception

Cell-phone reception is good in Springdale but spotty in Zion Canyon itself. Public telephones may be found at South Campground, Watchman Campground, Zion Canyon Visitor Center, Zion Lodge, and Zion Human History Museum.


In the event of an emergency, dial 911, report to a visitor center, or contact a park ranger at 435/772–3322. The nearest hospitals are in St. George, Cedar City, and Kanab.

Zion Canyon Medical Clinic. The clinic is open in the summer with hours significantly cut back in the winter; walk-in patients accepted. 120 Lion Blvd., Springdale, UT, 84767. 435/772–3226. June–late Sept., open Tues.–Sat. 9–5; winter hrs can vary.

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