Zion National Park

Zion National Park

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VISIT Zion National Park:

Zion National Park is cut down the middle by the park’s scenic drive and the Virgin River. You enter the park at the canyon floor, and look up at the cream, red, and orange canyon walls, that tower above you over 2,000 feet.

From skinny slot canyons though which you can barely squeeze to the large monolith-flanked canyons of the Virgin River, this park is awe-inspiring from its small southwest corner of Utah.

Due to nearly 5,000 feet of elevation changes, four major vegetation zones are contained within Zion. It contains a huge and diverse biome, from lush grottos to aspen trees.

Places to Stay at Zion National Park

There are a number of towns nearby Zion that may have lodging options (either Airbnb/VRBO, hotels or resorts).

  • Springdale, UT (1 mile away)
  • Rockville, UT (5 miles)
  • Grafton, UT (8 miles)
  • Virgin, UT (15 miles)
  • La Verkin, UT (21 miles)
  • Hurricane, UT (23 miles)
  • Toquerville, UT (24 miles)
  • Anderson Junction, UT (34 miles)

Park Details

Zion National Park was established on July 31, 1909, and has a total area of 147,237 acres (230 square miles, or 596 square kilometers).

Address Zion National Park, Springdale, UT, 84767
Phone(435) 772-3256
HoursOpen 365 days a year, however shuttle service is only running during daylight hours.
Entrance Fee$35, Valid for 7 days
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Zion National Park is the 10th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Zion National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Zion National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Zion National Park are May, September, April & October.

Park Visits98,828102,269296,316372,349529,553594,896629,802535,322497,443429,604230,180171,706
Avg Temp424453627282878578665343
Max Temp535666758391959287786656
Avg Temp272934374452616051413327
Min Temp11152125303752513627179
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Zion National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Zion National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Visit Zion National Park from Las Vegas in One Day3381
Great Basin to Zion National Park6437
Grand Canyon to Zion National Park6869
South to North, Arizona to Montana & Saguaro to Glacier2,12014
Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase–Escalante to Capitol Reef5839
Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon to Zion75010

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Zion National Park.

Pipe Spring National Monument27 mi
Cedar Breaks National Monument31 mi
Bryce Canyon National Park54 mi
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area84 mi
Grand Canyon National Park93 mi
Rainbow Bridge National Monument112 mi
Capitol Reef National Park121 mi
Lake Mead National Recreation Area130 mi
Navajo National Monument140 mi
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument140 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Zion National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
South - Zion National ParkSpringdale, UT more 0 miles
Watchman - Zion National ParkSpringdale, UT more 0 miles
Lava Point - Zion National ParkSpringdale, UT more 13 miles
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State ParkKanab, UT more 18 miles
Meadows - Coral Pink Sand Dunes DispersedKanab, UT more 18 miles
Ponderosa Grove - Coral Pink Sand DunesKanab, UT more 19 miles
Quail Creek State ParkHurricane, UT more 22 miles
Sand Hollow State ParkHurricane, UT more 23 miles
Red CliffsSt. George, UT more 23 miles
Washington County Regional ParkHurricane, UT more 23 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Zion National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Brian Head ResortBrian Head, UT10,929 ft45%34 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Zion National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Zion National Park.

Harry Reid International AirportLASLas Vegas, NV143 mi
Lake Havasu City International AirportLHSLake Havasu City, AZ203 mi
Salt Lake City International AirportSLCSalt Lake City, UT253 mi
Phoenix Sky Harbor International AirportPHXPhoenix, AZ266 mi
Ontario International AirportONTOntario, CA338 mi
Los Angeles International AirportLAXLos Angeles, CA378 mi
San Diego International AirportSANSan Diego, CA389 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Zion National Park.

Saint George-Southwest Utah International AirportSGUSt George, UT31 mi
Cedar City Regional AirportCDCCedar City, UT35 mi
Grand Canyon National Park AirportGCNGrand Canyon - Tusayan, AZ98 mi
Flagstaff Pulliam International AirportFLGFlagstaff, AZ160 mi
Prescott International Airport - Ernest A. Love FieldPRCPrescott, AZ179 mi
Lake Havasu City International AirportHIILake Havasu City, AZ197 mi
Provo-Utah Lake International AirportPVUProvo, UT219 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.

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Chris Cagle

I love traveling the United States. I hunt down fantastic places to visit in the summer and great slopes to ski down in the winter. The first national park I ever visited was the Smokies, but since then, I've been to dozens. However, my favorite by far has been Zion.