ZION NATIONAL PARK

Virgin River Zion National Park
Utah's first national park, established in 1919, Zion National Park is a must see. The Virgin River has carved these sandstone cliffs into some of the most beautiful landscape in the southwest. Famous for its rock climbing & slot canyons, this is an adventures paradise. From easy hikes to canyoneering, Zion is a challenge for every skill level.

The park is divided into two sections, Zion Canyon and Kolob Canyon. Zion Canyon is on the valley floor and has most of the facilities. Here are the most popular views, from the top of Angels Landing to the world famous Narrows. Kolob Canyon is to the northwest, has a separate entrance and its own visitor center. Kolob is less visited, giving it a more tranquil feel. The scenic drive takes visitors to a viewpoint with great panoramic views.
Zion Canyon
Fun Park Facts - Open year round, Zion receives 2.5 million visitors a year. Peak season is from May through September. Total area is 146,592 acres. Lowest elevation is 3,666 ft at Coalpits Wash. Highest elevation is 8,726 ft on Horse Ranch Mountain. The canyon and most of the park's trails are only accessible by shuttle from approximately April through October each year.

Fees - 7 Day Pass $25 per vehicle, $12 per bicycle, motorcycle or pedestrian
America the Beautiful-National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass: $80

Backcountry Permit - All overnight trips, hikes through the entire length of the Zion Narrows, any trip into the Subway (Left Fork of North Creek) and all excursions into canyons requiring the use of ropes or descending gear require a backcountry permit. There are three different permits, backpacking permits, overnight climbing permits & canyoneering permits. There is also an advance lottery system for Subway & Mystery Canyons due to their popularity. Group size determines permit fees:
1-2 people: $10
3-7 people: $15
8-12 people: $20

Lodging - The Zion Lodge is the only lodge inside the park boundaries. It is open year round with 40 cabins & 75 motel rooms (book early, it fills up fast). Outside the park, Springdale is just before the south entrance with shuttle service to the visitor center. A little further is the city of Hurricane & Mount Carmel Junction area.
Court of the Patriarchs Zion National Park
Camping - South Campground is located just north of the visitor center. It has 127 first come, first served sites. Amenities include flush toilets, running water, fire grates & picnic tables. Walking distance to the visitor center & shuttle buses, the campground is open March through October.

Watchman Campground is located next to the visitor center. It has 145 sites that can be reserved online. Amenities include flush toilets, running water, fire grates & picnic tables & is open year round.

Lava Point Campground is located at the end of Lava Point Road. It has 6 first come, first served sites. Amenities include vault toilets, grills & picnic tables & is open June through October.