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Zion Maps and Guides
Summer Information Sheet for Zion National Park (NP) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Zion Information Guide Hiking Guide Shuttle Stop National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Zion Canyon Shuttle Information Hike Round Trip Location Average Time Elevation Description Gain SHUTTLE SCHEDULE Subject to change. Check website for current hours EASY March 19 to May 21 May 22 to September 18 September 19 to November 5 1 Pa’rus Trail Visitor Center to Canyon Junction 2 hours 3.5 mi / 5.6 km 50 ft / 15 m Paved trail follows the Virgin River from the Visitor Center to Canyon Junction. First bus into the canyon from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center 7:00am 6:00am 7:00am 6 The Grotto Trail Zion Lodge The Grotto 0.5 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km 35 ft / 11 m This short trail parallels the roadway, connecting the Zion Lodge to the Grotto. It is located behind the shuttle stop. Last bus into the canyon from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center 5:00pm 6:00pm 5:00pm 5 Lower Emerald Pool Trail Zion Lodge 1 hour 1.2 mi / 1.9 km 69 ft / 21 m Leads to the pools below Middle Emerald Pools and the Upper Emerald Pools Trails. Last bus out of the canyon from Temple of Sinawava 7:15pm 8:15pm 7:15pm 9 Riverside Walk Temple of Sinawava 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / 3.5 km 57 ft / 17 m Paved trail follows the Virgin River in a deep canyon. First 0.4 miles is wheelchair accessible but may be sandy. Town of Springdale shuttle hours 8:00am to 8:00pm 7:00am to 9:00pm 8:00am to 8:00pm The Narrows MODERATE Hike atop a massive landslide under The Sentinel. Minor drop-offs. Commercial horse trail from March to October. Kayenta Trail The Grotto 1.5 hour 2 mi / 3.2 km 150 ft / 46 m Moderate drop-offs. An unpaved climb to the Emerald Pools. Connects the Grotto to the Emerald Pools Trails. Middle Emerald Pool Trail Zion Lodge 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / 3.5 km 150 ft/ 45 m An unpaved climb to a sandstone ledge that parallels the lower trail at a higher elevation. Upper Emerald Pool Trail Zion Lodge 1 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km 200 ft/ 61 m 9 il Big Bend 6.6 Miles 10.6 km Weeping Rock CLOSED 4.9 Miles 7.9 km Upper Emerald Pools Trail Angels Landing The Narrows (via Riverside Walk) Temple of Sinawava 334 ft / 102 m You are responsible for checking weather, water levels, and flash flood potential before attempting. This hike is in the river and subject to dangerous flash floods. Out and back hike. 5 Jacob Peak 6831ft (2083m) Isaac Peak 6825ft (2081m) 3.2 Miles 5.1 km Tra il ch Taylor Creek Trail Kolob Canyons Road 3.5 hours 5.0 mi / 8.0 km 450 ft/ 137 m 8 hours 14 mi / 22.5 km Camp Paved road Hiking Trail Kolob Arch via La Verkin Creek Trail mileage 2.5 mi Trail Lee Pass Follows a ridge to views of Timber Creek, Kolob Terrace, and the Pine Valley Mountains. Maximum 12 people per group. Follows the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek past two homestead cabins to Double Arch Alcove. 1037 Cft/ re e k 316 m n on 100 ft/ 30 m Sand Be 0.5 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km Court of the 4 Patriarchs Abraham Peak 6890ft (2101m) KOLOB CANYONS HIKING TRAILS Timber Creek Overlook Trail Kolob Canyons Road 6 No swimming Hikers need a permit to go to Angels Landing. Use QR code on back to apply. Up to 8 hrs 9.4 mi / 15.1km Private vehicles are not allowed on the Scenic Drive beyond Canyon Junction when shuttle buses are in service. Zion Lodge Middle Emerald Pools Trail No swimming Long drop-offs. Not for young children or anyone afraid of heights. 1000 ft/ 305 m For most of the year, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is open to shuttle buses ONLY. The Grotto Lower Emerald Pools Trail 3 hours 4.2 mi / 6.2 km Zion Canyon Scenic Drive 5990ft (1765m) No swimming 4.3 Miles 6.9 km Scout Lookout via West Rim Trail The Grotto Down-canyon shuttle ONLY 8 Scout Lookout River 6 Tr a This is where the West Rim Trail splits from the Angels Landing Trail. 0.5 mi to Angels Landing from this point. Minor drop-offs. A sandy and rocky trail that climbs to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff. No swimming. STRENUOUS im Trail 466 ft / 142 m 9 Rim West 4 hours 7.6 mi / 12.2 km tR l Sand Bench Trail Zion Lodge Minor drop-offs. Ends at viewpoint of the Towers of the Virgin, lower Zion Canyon, and Springdale. W es 7.7 Miles 12.4 km Tra i 368 ft / 112 m Temple of Sinawava (Accessible with assistance) Grotto Trail 5 2 hours 3.3 mi / 5.3 km Riverside Walk Distance From Visitor Center nta 5 Watchman Trail Zion Canyon Visitor Center Minor drop-offs and handrails. Ends at a viewpoint into lower Zion Canyon. Parking is limited. ye 6 163 ft / 50 m Ka 5 1 hour 1.0 mi / 1.6 km Ca n yon S c e ni c rt h Dr Fork iv e Vir gin 1 Canyon Overlook East side of Zion Tunnel Zi No East Side Map of Zion Canyon Museum 1.7 Miles 2.7 km Down-canyon 2 shuttle ONLY East Entrance Canyon Junction Down-canyon shuttle ONLY 3 To: Kanab Grand Canyon Bryce Canyon No private vehicles beyond the gate when shuttles are in service 89 Zio n -Mou nt Ca rmel High w a y Pa’rus Trail Maximum 12 people per group. Follows Timber and La Verkin Creek. A side trail leads to Kolob Arch. Canyon Overlook Trail Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel Large Vehicle Escort Tunnel times and size restrictions on other side. No bikes/pedestrians allowed in the tunnel. South Campground To Cedar City, Cedar Breaks NM, and Salt Lake City N rth Taylor Creek T yl o r C re ek T Midd rai le F ork Exit 40 Kolob Canyons Visitor Center Lee Pass Trailhead Fork Pets are prohibited on all trails. Group size illis is 12 people. limit on wilderness W trails Cre e k Trai l 15 Tr a 3 Clinic 0.4 Miles 0.8 km Kolob Reservoir 1 Lion Blvd. Watchman Campground 4 5 1.0 Miles 1.6 km 0.3 mi m Zion Canyon Visitor Center North 0 0.5 Kilometer 0 0.5 Mile Shuttle Information Park shuttle stop Zion Canyon shuttle route Springdale shuttle stop Springdale shuttle route Tim be r eek Beatty Spring 6 1.4 Miles 2.25 km ll Va il Tra 24-HOUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE: CALL 911 6.5 mi HO Park emergencies: call 435-772-3322 (daylight hours) Po in 8 Lava Point Overlook 2.3 Miles 3.7 km 9 Tunnel Hiking trail Biking 0.8 mi Sawmill To 15 Springs Kolob Canyons, St George, and Las Vegas Ca n yon Trail Paved road open to private vehicles Hiking R W HO at ldc 4.8 mi W i Y 2.8 Miles 4.5 km 9 Parking throughout the town of Springdale 0.1 mi 9 Spring LLE Cr ee k P a t R West Rim Trailhead d Lava Point VA Ve rk in SPRINGDALE 7 1.8 Miles av 2.9 Lkm P 1 2 3 Kilometers 0 The Zion Canyon Medical Clinic is located in Springdale near the 2 0 1 3 Miles south entrance to the park. For hours, please call 435-772-3226. North Additional medical clinics are located in Hurricane. The nearest hospitals are in St. George, Cedar City, and Kanab. La Other Visitor Information ey ki n La Ver Cr Ho p Cr ee k To La Verkin, Springdale and Zion Canyon Visitor Center Kolob Arch 0.6 mi 1 2 0.2 Miles 0.3 km 1.8 mi 6.4 mi Watch Zion Canyon Village 0.8 Miles 1.29 km re ek e L a V r ki n C Timber Creek Overlook Trail South Entrance 0 a n Located in the northwest corner of the park off of Interstate 15 via exit 40, the five-mile scenic drive climbs past the spectacular canyons and red rocks of the Kolob Canyons area and ends at the Kolob Canyons Viewpoint. Fo k il Kolob Canyons Campground Picnic area Wheelchair-accessible Amphitheater Ranger station Pets Drinking water Dining Restrooms Lodging Contact Information Mailing Address 1 Zion Park Blvd. State Route 9 Springdale, UT 84767 Social Media Search @zionnps Wilderness Information (435) 772-0170 Zion Tunnel: (Oversize Vehicles, RVs, Large Trailers) The Zion - Mt. Carmel Tunnel connects Zion Canyon to the east side of the park. It was built in the 1920s when large vehicles were less common. Vehicles 11’4” tall or taller, and/or 7’10” wide or wider, including mirrors, awnings, and jacks, require one-way traffic control through the tunnel. Nearly all RVs, buses, trailers, fifthwheels, dual-wheel trucks, campers, and boats require traffic control. Park Information (435) 772-3256 Website www.nps.gov/zion E-mail email@example.com Traffic and Parking Updates www.twitter.com/zionnps 1610 A.M. Radio Free WiFi is available at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and the Zion Lodge. Do not expect data or cell connection in most areas of Zion Canyon, on trails, or in Wilderness. Getting Around Park only in designated spaces to protect plants and animals. For your safety, park rangers enforce laws against alcohol and drug-related driving offenses, including open container violations. For Utah road conditions, please call 866-511-8824. DRIVING Drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and wildlife all share park roads. • 35mph is the speed limit unless otherwise posted. • Wear a seat belt and use a child safety seat if appropriate. • Turn off your vehicle if you are stopped (do not idle). • For most of the year, Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is only open to shuttle buses or with a driving permit. Your park entrance pass is not a permit. PARKING Park only in designated spaces. If you visit during a time of year when drivers can directly access Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, be aware that the road may close if there is no parking available. If you get to Zion early in the morning or later in the afternoon, it may be easier to find parking. E-BIKES AND BICYCLES Cycling is permitted on all public park roads and on the Pa’rus Trail. Cyclists must ride single file and stop to let shuttle buses pass. Do not pass a moving shuttle bus. Each shuttle bus has a rack for bicycles. All other park trails, off-trail routes, and the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel are closed to bicycles. Only class 1 pedalassist E-bikes are allowed and must follow all of the same rules as bicycles. SPRINGDALE SHUTTLE For much of the year, you can ride a free shuttle in the town of Springdale. Read the front of this sheet to see when the shuttle is running. If it is running during your visit, park at your hotel or an approved parking area and ride to the park entrance. ZION CANYON SHUTTLE During much of the year, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is only accessible by shuttle bus. Check the shuttle schedule on the front of this sheet to see when the shuttle is running. You can bring backpacks, climbing gear, and bicycles. While in Zion Canyon, you may get on and off the shuttle as often as you like. Only service dogs are permitted on the shuttles. If you have accessibility needs, please speak to a ranger at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. Check park visitor centers and bulletin boards for times and information about programs. Topics include geology, plants, animals, human history, and more. Visitors ages 4 and older can earn a badge by completing the Junior Ranger handbook. The handbook is available for free at visitor centers within the park. Permits & Reservations CAMPING You need a reservation to camp in any of the park's three campgrounds. Watchman Campground is open year round and can be booked up to 6 months in advance. South Campground and Lava Point Campground are open seasonally and can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance. PERMITS You need a permit for activities including but not limited to: hikes to Angels Landing, backpacking, canyoneering, climbing, bivvy camping, and hiking Wilderness routes. To make a reservation, visit www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777. Camping is not allowed in parking areas or pullouts in the park. CAMPFIRES Campfires are only allowed in metal, campground fire rings. Sometimes, especially during the summer, camp fires are not allowed. For an up-to-date restrictions, visit utahfireinfo.gov. If conditions permit building a fire, clear debris and only leave when it is out cold. Fires are never allowed in Wilderness. PROHIBITED IN THE TUNNEL It is $15 per oversize vehicle (includes two tunnel pass-throughs within 7 days). Rangers will stop oncoming traffic so that you can drive down the center of the road in the tunnel. If you arrive late, you must return at 8 am the following day to go through the tunnel. • Vehicles over 13 feet 1 inch tall • Combined vehicles over 50 feet long • Single vehicles over 40 feet • Semi-trucks and commercial vehicles • Vehicles carrying hazardous materials TUNNEL HOURS Ranger-led Programs Enhance your understanding and enjoyment of Zion by participating in a free ranger-led program. Program schedules are based on ranger staffing and availability. Advanced reservations may be required. TUNNEL CONTROL Scan this QR code to learn about permits. Use free WiFi at a visitor center or Zion Lodge. You can only apply for Angels Landing permits online, and using this link takes you to a webpage with more information. • April 24 to August 27: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm • Vehicles over 50,000 pounds Bicycles and pedestrians are not permitted in the tunnel and must obtain a ride. Hitchhiking is permitted in pullouts only. Rangers are not allowed to provide or arrange for transport through the tunnel. • August 28 to September 24: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm • September 25 to November 5: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Vehicles 11’4” (3.4 m) tall or higher and 7’10” (2.4 m) wide or more, including mirrors, awnings, and jacks, will require traffic control in the tunnel. Single-axle vehicles may not exceed 40’ in length. 11’4” 3.4 m 7’10” 2.4 m 40’ 15.2 m Your Safety Is Your Responsibility PREVENT DEHYDRATION As you hike you lose water and salt through sweat. Carry and drink at least one gallon of water per person per day. You can get water in developed areas. Do not drink untreated water from springs. Your body needs a healthy level of salt to function so eat a few salty snacks, like a handful of salted peanuts, when you drink water. HARMFUL ALGAE MAY BE PRESENT Do not drink from the Virgin River. The park is conducting regular water quality monitoring and will issue new health advisories as needed. Check park visitor centers and the park website for current conditions and advisories. EXTREME HEAT Heat illness is the cause of many medical emergencies in Zion every summer. It happens when the body gets too warm. Dehydration can make heat illness worse. This leads to heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Symptoms include high body temperature (over 100F, 38C), red, flushed skin, lack of sweat or extreme sweating, stumbling and poor coordination, fatigue, weakness, and confusion or slurred speech. If you recognize any of these signs, stop hiking and immediately find shade, drink water, and get help. ELEVATION Zion is 4,000- 8,000 feet (1,220 - 2,440 meters) above sea level. If you live somewhere closer to sea level, take it STEEP CLIFFS easy on your hike until you know how Falls from cliffs on trails have resulted in the elevation is going to affect you. death. Loose sand or pebbles on stone are very slippery. Watch for edges all the PUBLIC HEALTH time and especially when using cameras The National Park Service encourages or binoculars. Never throw or roll rocks you to follow public health guidance to because there may be hikers below you. reduce the spread of COVID-19. Isolate Stay on the trail and away from cliff if you feel sick, wash your hands often, edges. Observe posted warnings and and avoid touching your face. keep children away from edges. Flash Flood Danger All narrow canyons are potentially hazardous. Flash floods, sometimes caused by storms miles away, can be lifethreatening. You are taking a risk when you enter a narrow canyon. During a flash flood, the water level rises very quickly. A flash flood can send a wall of water over twelve feet high down a canyon. Watch for signs of a flash flood, and get to higher ground immediately if you see: • Deterioration in weather conditions. • Build up of clouds or thunder. • Sudden changes in water clarity from clear to muddy. Check an up-to-date forecast at a visitor center. Your safety is your responsibility. Other Information Remember to carry your permit and photo ID with you on your trip. Permits are non-transferable. EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA™ PETS Pets are not allowed on any trail except the Pa’rus Trail. Pets are not allowed on shuttle buses. DRONES Due to concerns about wildlife harassment and visitor safety, drones are not allowed anywhere in Zion National Park. Published 4/28/2022