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Zion National Park Springdale

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Zion National Park
State Route 9
Springdale
UT
84737
Tel: 435-772-3256

Directions

The park is located on State Route 9 in Springdale. The Visitor Center is 307 miles from Salt Lake City, and 40 miles from Saint George.

Where are we going today?

Did you know that Zion National Park was Utah's FIRST National Park? Well, now you do! It's an amazing part of the state, and one filled with history and awe. There is so much for the family to do in this piece of natural wonder.

You can follow the paths of where the pioneers and ancient native tribes once walked. You can take in the massive and very impressive sandstone cliffs - can you see all the colors that appear in them? There is often red, pink and cream which blend together and look AMAZING against that bright blue backdrop (we're talking about the sky of course!)

The national park also has an incredible array of plants and animals that are just waiting to be encountered, and learnt from. It's a great way for kids to learn history, geology, and biology!

Are you ready to hear all about the amazing adventures you can have at Zion National Park? Here goes - we hope you're feeing active! There are great trails and campsites for those wanting to use their feet and backpack, and of course hiking trails for the beginners to those most advanced. If wheels are more your thing, there are cycling trails and scenic drives which are accessible to bikes. 

Love birds? Great! There are over 207 species of birds for you to cross off your checklist - how many do you think you'll spot! Because of the great rock formations, climbing is also a popular activity at the park - if you want to climb overnight you can get a permit for that.

From March to October, guided horseback riding tours are available, as well as ranger-led activities. Great for the kids for when they have lots of those questions! Canyoneering and river adventures are also options in this amazing park. 

We told you there were great adventures to be had - which one will you do first! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$25 weekly pass for private vehicle. $12 per person.
  • Free Under: 15 years and under (for per person pass)
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

24 hours a day, but the Visitor Center is open from 8am until between 5pm and 7:30pm.

Open all year round.

Teachers corner

What a great place to learn in this outdoor classroom! There are so many opportunities for students, with lesson plans and field trips available for teachers to help organize their excursion. .

I'm Hungry!

Open all year round, the Red Rock Grill Dining Room at the Zion Lodge is good for dinner reservations,a nd the Castle Dome Cafe is great too for grabbing food. You of course are more than welcome to bring your own food. .

Healthy Eating!

Make sure you bring plenty of water, especially if you are going on hikes and enjoying those active sports. .

Any Top Tips?

Kids can become a Junior Ranger! There are guided and self-guided programs where kids can complete their booklets, and get sworn in as a ranger - badge and all! .

Doing our bit

The park do their best to look after all the plants, wildlife, and formations within the park. Some of these are millions of years in the making, so they want to make sure they stay for a long time for come! Help them by clearing up after yourself, and not damaging/hurting any of the flora or fauna. .

Need a little extra help?

The visitor centers, restrooms, museum and picnic areas are all accessible. There are several campsites which are reserved for those with disabilities. Service dogs are also permitted on a leash. .

More information

Whilst the park is open 24 hours a day, certain facilities are reduced hours. The Museum is open from 9am or 10am depending on the month, and the Nature Center is only open noon to 5pm from May 24 to Sept 1. .

What people are saying?

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    A beautiful park, but some logistics problems on very busy days. We traveled here on the day after Thanksgiving 2014, and the park was extremely busy. All parking lots were full and we were required to park about 1/2 mile outside of the park in Springdale. There is a free shuttle to the pedestrian entrance that goes into town. The park had also shut down the scenic road to all traffic except their free shuttle. The shuttles came every 5-10 minutes but it still wasn't enough with large, disorganized crowds of people all trying to get in the shuttles....Read More

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    All true outdoorsmen must have Angels Landing and the Narrows hikes on your list. Spectacular. Nice scenic drives. Springdale is a neat town as well. I did this in January, so there were no crowds, and the dry suit made the Narrows hike even more special.

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    Nature at some of its most dramatic. If you like red rocks, you will love southern Utah. Don't miss Bryce Canyon, and the many other sites in the area.
    Unless things have changed, be sure to bring your own wine or beer, since sales facilities were very limited in southern Utah, due to Mormon influence.

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    Pros: The park is nice.
    Cons: The experience was TERRIBLE!!! The National Park Service appears to be more interested in making a buck than protecting one of America's treasures. On Thursday October 9, 2014 at 10:00a, the Visitor Center parking lot was full. Not a space to be found - on a Thursday in the off-season no less. (What do you think it would be like in the summertime?)

    The experience within the park was no better. Traffic was heavy and continuous and consisted of campers, RVs, huge motor coaches and too many enormous tour buses...Read More

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    dang it!!!! i cant give more than 5 stars. well this place is a lot of fun. There is so much to do here, i have hiked angels landing and the Zion narrows and recommend doing these hikes. hhhhmmmmm maybe next time i will take a parachute and try base jumping. :)

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by Matthew Adjemian

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A beautiful park, but some logistics problems on very busy days. We traveled here on the day after Thanksgiving 2014, and the park was extremely busy. All parking lots were full and we were required to park about 1/2 mile outside of the park in Springdale. There is a free shuttle to the pedestrian entrance that goes into town. The park had also shut down the scenic road to all traffic except their free shuttle. The shuttles came every 5-10 minutes but it still wasn't enough with large, disorganized crowds of people all trying to get in the shuttles. When we were done for the day and trying to get back to the visitor center, five completely full shuttles passed us by and we were forced to wait about 45 minutes for an empty shuttle to come directly to our stop. The park was stunningly beautiful and requires several days of exploration to see the sights, but I will do my best to return during a slower season so I can explore at my own speed.

by Todd Schneider

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Pros: The park is nice.
Cons: The experience was TERRIBLE!!! The National Park Service appears to be more interested in making a buck than protecting one of America's treasures. On Thursday October 9, 2014 at 10:00a, the Visitor Center parking lot was full. Not a space to be found - on a Thursday in the off-season no less. (What do you think it would be like in the summertime?)

The experience within the park was no better. Traffic was heavy and continuous and consisted of campers, RVs, huge motor coaches and too many enormous tour buses to count. If you park in a roadside pull-off, be prepared to be overwhelmed with tourists and diesel fumes. Why does the NPS allow these huge vehicles to navigate such a slow and winding road? It appears the campground and parking lot have been enlarged in recent years, which further clogs the park. Again, decisions seem to be made based on revenue, not for what's best for the park or its visitors. If you're looking to enjoy the peace and serenity of the great outdoors, you won't find it in Zion.

In the end, I cannot recommend Zion National Park to any of my friends or family.

The Weather

Thursday

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Humidity: 89 %
Wind: SSW - 4 MPH

Friday

Conditions: Snow
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Humidity: 88 %
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Saturday

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Humidity: 89 %
Wind: W - 16 MPH

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