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Zion Maps and Guides

Winter 2022/2023

brochure Zion Maps and Guides - Winter 2022/2023

Winter Information Sheet for Zion National Park (NP) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

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Zion Information Guide Hiking Guide Zion Canyon Shuttle Hike Round Trip Location Average Time Elevation Description Change 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. 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. The Grotto Trail Zion Lodge The Grotto 0.5 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km 35 ft / 11 m Weeping Rock Trail Weeping Rock 0.5 hour 0.4 mi / 0.6 km 98 ft / 30 m 7 9 November 6 to November 27 November 28 to December 22 December 23 to January 1 First bus into the canyon from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center 7:00 a.m. Out of service 8:00 a.m. Last bus into the canyon from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center 4:00 p.m. Out of service 3:00 p.m. Last bus out of the canyon from Temple of Sinawava 6:15 p.m. Out of service 5:45 p.m. First bus from Majestic View Lodge 8:00 a.m. Out of service 8:10 a.m. Last bus leaves Zion Canyon Village 6:30 p.m. Out of service 6:00 p.m. Last bus leaves Majestic View Lodge 6:15 p.m. Out of service 5:45 p.m. Subject to change. Check website for current hours EASY 6 SHUTTLE SCHEDULE Riverside Walk Temple of Sinawava This short trail parallels the roadway, connecting the Zion Lodge to the Grotto. It is located behind the shuttle stop. Short, but steep. Minor drop-offs. Paved trail ends at a rock alcove with dripping springs. Sections may be icy in winter. 57 ft / 17 m 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / 3.5 km 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 The Narrows Distance From Visitor Center Riverside Walk W es 7.7 Miles 12.4 km tR 9 im MODERATE Minor drop-offs. Ends at viewpoint of the Towers of the Virgin, lower Zion Canyon, and Springdale. Sand Bench Trail Zion Lodge 4 hours 7.6 mi / 12.2 km 466 ft / 142 m Hike atop a massive landslide under The Sentinel. Minor drop-offs. Commercial horse trail from March to October. 4.9 Miles 7.9 km 1 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km An unpaved climb to a sandstone ledge that parallels the lower trail at a higher elevation. 200 ft/ 61 m Jacob Peak 6831ft (2083m) Isaac Peak 6825ft (2081m) 3 hours 4.2 mi / 6.2 km The Narrows (via Riverside Walk) Temple of Sinawava 1000 ft/ 305 m River Long drop-offs. Not for young children or anyone afraid of heights. 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 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. Museum 1.7 Miles 2.7 km Down-canyon 2 shuttle ONLY Follows a ridge to views of Timber Creek, Kolob Terrace, and the Pine Valley Mountains. Taylor Creek Trail Kolob Canyons Road 3.5 hours 5.0 mi / 8.0 km 450 ft/ 137 m Maximum 12 people per group. Follows the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek past two homestead cabins to Double Arch Alcove. 8 hours 14 mi / 22.5 km Camp Kolob Arch via La Verkin Creek Trail mileage 2.5 mi Trail Lee Pass Hiking Trail 1037 Cft/ re e k 316 m Maximum 12 people per group. Follows Timber and La Verkin Creek. A side trail leads to Kolob Arch. Kolob Canyons N rth Taylor Creek 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 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 0 e L a V r ki n C re ek eek 1 3 Clinic 0.4 Miles 0.8 km 0.8 Miles 1.29 km 4 Watchman Campground 5 1.0 Miles 1.6 km 6 1.4 Miles 2.25 km Kolob Reservoir k Cr ee Cr 1 2 0.2 Miles 0.3 km 7 SPRINGDALE throughout P Parking the town of Springdale rmel High w a y ey il Tra 2.8 Miles 4.5 km Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel Large Vehicle Escort Tunnel times and size restrictions on other side. No bikes/pedestrians allowed in the tunnel. a Zion Canyon Visitor Center 9 Lava Point North 0 0.5 Kilometer 0 0.5 Mile Shuttle Information Park shuttle stop Zion Canyon shuttle route Springdale shuttle stop Springdale shuttle route Paved road open to private vehicles Tunnel Hiking trail Biking To 15 Kolob Canyons, St George, and Las Vegas La Po va in t R West Rim Trailhead d Lava Point m Hiking 9 6.5 mi nt Ca Other Visitor Information 8 ll Va ki n La Ver Beatty Spring n -Mou Watch Zion Canyon Village 2.3 Miles 3.7 km 0.3 mi 89 Zio South Entrance 1.8 mi Kolob Arch 0.6 mi To: Kanab Grand Canyon Bryce Canyon South Campground 1.8 Miles 2.9 km 6.4 mi Canyon Overlook Trail No private vehicles beyond the gate when shuttles are in service Museum closed Dec. 1 until spring Ho p To La Verkin, Springdale and Zion Canyon Visitor Center Tim be r Timber Creek Overlook Trail Down-canyon shuttle ONLY 3 Pa’rus Trail Lion Blvd. To Cedar City, Cedar Breaks NM, and Salt Lake City Canyon Junction il 100 ft/ 30 m East Entrance Tr a 0.5 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km Paved road n Zi KOLOB CANYONS HIKING TRAILS Timber Creek Overlook Trail Kolob Canyons Road Court of the 4 Patriarchs Abraham Peak 6890ft (2101m) 3.2 Miles 5.1 km Scout Lookout via West Rim Trail The Grotto Ka No swimming n 9 Lower Emerald Pools Trail Tra il 6 5 No swimming Minor drop-offs. A sandy and rocky trail that climbs to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff. No swimming. STRENUOUS 6 Zion Lodge Middle Emerald Pools Trail 4.3 Miles 6.9 km n yon S c e ni c rt h Dr Fork iv e Vir gin Upper Emerald Pool Trail Zion Lodge 150 ft/ 45 m No shuttle before December 23. May close due to winter weather. The Grotto No swimming No 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / 3.5 km Moderate drop-offs. An unpaved climb to the Emerald Pools. Connects the Grotto to the Emerald Pools Trails. Ca Middle Emerald Pool Trail Zion Lodge 150 ft / 46 m on 5 1.5 hour 2 mi / 3.2 km ch 5 Kayenta Trail The Grotto Upper Emerald Pools Trail Sand Be 6 7 5990ft (1765m) Rim West 368 ft / 112 m Private vehicles are not allowed on the Scenic Drive beyond Canyon Junction when shuttle buses are in service. Weeping Rock Angels Landing l 2 hours 3.3 mi / 5.3 km 6.6 Miles 10.6 km Weeping Rock Grotto Trail Watchman Trail Zion Canyon Visitor Center 8 Scout Lookout This is where the West Rim Trail splits from the Angels Landing Trail. 0.5 mi to Angels Landing from this point. ye 5 Minor drop-offs and handrails. Ends at a viewpoint into lower Zion Canyon. Parking is limited. Down-canyon shuttle ONLY Tra i 1 163 ft / 50 m 1 hour 1.0 mi / 1.6 km For most of the year, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is open to shuttle buses ONLY. Big Bend il nta East Side Canyon Overlook East side of Zion Tunnel Tr a Zion Canyon Scenic Drive Temple of Sinawava (Accessible with assistance) Trail   Shuttle   Stop National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior 0.1 mi Campground Picnic area Wheelchair-accessible Amphitheater Ranger station Pets Drinking water Dining Restrooms Lodging 24-HOUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE: CALL 911 Contact Information Mailing Address Zion National Park 1 Zion Park Blvd. Springdale, UT 84767 Social Media Search @zionnps Wilderness Information (435) 772-0170 Park emergencies: call 435-772-3322 (daylight hours) The Zion Canyon Medical Clinic is located in Springdale near the south entrance to the park. For hours, please call 435-772-3226. Additional medical clinics are located in Hurricane. The nearest hospitals are in St. George, Cedar City, and Kanab. Park Information (435) 772-3256 Website E-mail Traffic and Parking Updates 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 The signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, stumbling and poor coordination, fatigue and weakness, and confusion or slurred speech. If you recognize any of these signs, stop hiking and immediately replace wet clothing with dry clothing. Warm the victim with your own body and a warm drink, and shelter the individual from breezes. A pre-warmed sleeping bag will also prevent additional heat loss. ELEVATION Elevation in Zion ranges from 4,0008,000 feet (1,220 - 2,440 meters) above sea level. If you live near sea level, take it easy on your hike until you know how the elevation is going to affect you. SNOW & ICE Nearly half of the annual precipitation in Zion Canyon falls between the months of December and March. Roads are plowed, but trails may be closed due to unsafe conditions. Snow and ice accumulates on trails, cliffs, and buildings, so be sure to pay attention to your surroundings. Watch for falling ice. Snow spikes winter gear are recommended. Your safety is your responsibility. PREVENT DEHYDRATION As you hike you lose water and salt through sweating. Carry water, at least one gallon per person per day. Water is available in the park’s 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. STEEP CLIFFS Falls from cliffs on trails have resulted in death. Loose sand or pebbles on stone are very slippery. Be careful of edges when using cameras or binoculars. Never throw or roll rocks because there may be hikers below you. Stay on the trail and away from cliff edges. Observe posted warnings and please watch children. A flash flood can rush down a canyon in a wall of water over twelve feet high. If you observe any of these signs, seek higher ground immediately: • Deterioration in weather conditions • Clouds or thunder • Sudden changes in water clarity from clear to muddy 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. • Wear a seat belt and use a child safety seat if appropriate. The buses have room for 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 Visitor Center. • 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 special permit. Your park entrance pass is not a permit. Visitors must comply with all rules regarding riding the shuttles. CYCLING (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 cycles. Only class 1 pedal-assist E-bikes are allowed and must follow all of the same rules as bicycles. PARKING Park only in designated spaces. If you visit when drivers can directly access Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, be aware that the National Park Service may close the road if there is no parking available. If you get to Zion early in the morning or later in the afternoon, it can be easier to find parking. 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. Nearly all RVs, buses, trailers, fifth-wheels, dual-wheel trucks, campers, and large boats require one-way traffic control. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL TUNNEL HOURS Oversize vehicle drivers pay $15 per oversize vehicle (includes two tunnel pass-throughs within 7 days). Rangers will stop oncoming traffic so that you may drive down the center of the road in the tunnel. • Vehicles 11 feet 4 inches (3.4m) and taller up to 13 feet 1 inch (4m). • Vehicles 7 feet 10 inches (2.4m) and wider - including mirrors, awnings, and jacks. • November 6 through March 31: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • April 1 through September 30: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. PROHIBITED IN THE TUNNEL • Vehicles over 13 feet 1 inch (4m) tall • Semi-trucks and commercial vehicles (e.g. box trucks) • Vehicles carrying hazardous materials • Bicyclists and pedestrians 11’4” 3.4 m 7’10” 2.4 m To make a reservation, visit 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 If conditions permit building a fire, clear debris and only leave when it is out cold. Fires are never allowed in Wilderness. 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. • 35 mph is the speed limit unless otherwise posted. Flash Flood Danger All narrow canyons are potentially hazardous. Flash floods, often caused by storms miles away, are a real danger and can be lifethreatening. You are taking a risk when entering a narrow canyon. Your safety is your responsibility. Watch for indications of a possible flash flood. During a flash flood, the water level rises very quickly. Visitors must comply with all rules regarding riding the shuttles. DRIVING Drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and wildlife all share park roads. Your Safety Is Your Responsibility HYPOTHERMIA Hypothermia occurs when the body is cooled to dangerous levels. It is responsible for the greatest number of deaths among people engaging in outdoor activities. It is a hazard in narrow canyons because immersion in water is the quickest way to lose body heat. To prevent hypothermia, avoid cotton clothing (it provides no insulation when wet), and eat high energy food before you are chilled. SPRINGDALE SHUTTLE For part of the year, you can ride a free shuttle in the town of Springdale. If it is running during your visit, park at your hotel or an approved parking area and ride to the park entrance. To protect Zion landscapes, plants, animals, and history, park only in designated spaces. 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. • Bicyclists and pedestrians cannot get a ride at the tunnel. Hitchhiking is only permitted in pullouts. Rangers are not allowed to give or arrange for transport through the tunnel. Ranger-led Programs 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. Remember to carry your permit and photo ID with you on your trip. Permits are non-transferable. Enhance your understanding and enjoyment of Zion by participating in a free ranger-led program. Program schedules are based on ranger availability. Free, advanced reservations may be required and can be made at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA™ 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 book. The book is available for free at visitor centers within the park. Published 11/18/2022

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