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Zion Maps and Guides
Spring Information Sheet for Zion National Park (NP) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Zion Information Guide Hiking Guide Shuttle Stop Zion Canyon Shuttle Hike Round Trip Location Average Time Elevation Description Change EASY 1 Pa’rus Trail Visitor Center to Canyon Junction 2 hours 3.5 mi / 5.6 km 50 ft / 15 m 5 Lower Emerald Pool Trail Zion Lodge 1 hour 1.2 mi / 1.9 km 69 ft / 21 m The Grotto Trail Zion Lodge The Grotto 0.5 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km Weeping Rock Trail Weeping Rock 0.5 hour 0.4 mi / 0.6 km 6 7 9 Riverside Walk Temple of Sinawava National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Paved trail follows the Virgin River from the Visitor Center to Canyon Junction. Leads to the pools below Middle Emerald Pools and the Upper Emerald Pools Trails. 35 ft / 11 m 98 ft / 30 m 57 ft / 17 m 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / 3.5 km SHUTTLE SCHEDULE Subject to change. Check website for current hours March 11 to May 20 May 21 to September 17 September 18 to November 4 First bus into the canyon from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center 7:00 a.m. 6:00 a.m. 7:00 a.m. Last bus into the canyon from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Last bus out of the canyon from Temple of Sinawava 7:15 p.m. 8:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. First bus from Majestic View Lodge 8:00 a.m. 7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. Last bus leaves Zion Canyon Village 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. This short trail parallels the roadway, connecting the Zion Lodge to the Grotto. It is located behind the shuttle stop. Town of Springdale shuttle hours Short, but steep. Minor drop-offs. Paved trail ends at a rock alcove with dripping springs. Sections may be icy in winter. The Narrows Paved trail follows the Virgin River in a deep canyon. First 0.4 miles is wheelchair accessible but may be sandy. Distance From Visitor Center Riverside Walk W es tR 9 im Tr a Kayenta Trail The Grotto 1.5 hour 2 mi / 3.2 km 150 ft / 46 m Middle Emerald Pool Trail Zion Lodge 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / 3.5 km 150 ft/ 45 m Upper Emerald Pool Trail Zion Lodge 1 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km 200 ft/ 61 m Moderate drop-offs. An unpaved climb to the Emerald Pools. Connects the Grotto to the Emerald Pools Trails. 9 3 hours 4.2 mi / 6.2 km The Narrows (via Riverside Walk) Temple of Sinawava 334 ft / 102 m Lower Emerald Pools Trail No swimming Jacob Peak 6831ft (2083m) Isaac Peak 6825ft (2081m) Out and back hike. River n Zi Museum 1.7 Miles 2.7 km Down-canyon 2 shuttle ONLY KOLOB CANYONS HIKING TRAILS Timber Creek Overlook Trail Kolob Canyons Road 0.5 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km 100 ft/ 30 m 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 Court of the 4 Patriarchs Abraham Peak 6890ft (2101m) Long drop-offs. Not for young children or anyone afraid of heights. 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. 5 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 6 Zion Lodge Middle Emerald Pools Trail 4.3 Miles 6.9 km Minor drop-offs. A sandy and rocky trail that climbs to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff. No swimming. 1000 ft/ 305 m Trail Rim West l Tra i No swimming 3.2 Miles 5.1 km Scout Lookout via West Rim Trail The Grotto The Grotto nta Upper Emerald Pools Trail An unpaved climb to a sandstone ledge that parallels the lower trail at a higher elevation. STRENUOUS 6 4.9 Miles 7.9 km ye Hike atop a massive landslide under The Sentinel. Minor drop-offs. Commercial horse trail from March to October. Ka 466 ft / 142 m 7 5990ft (1765m) Ca n yon S c e ni c rt h Dr Fork iv e Vir gin 4 hours 7.6 mi / 12.2 km Private vehicles are not allowed on the Scenic Drive beyond Canyon Junction when shuttle buses are in service. Weeping Rock Angels Landing No 5 Sand Bench Trail Zion Lodge Tra il 5 Minor drop-offs. Ends at viewpoint of the Towers of the Virgin, lower Zion Canyon, and Springdale. Weeping Rock Grotto Trail 6 368 ft / 112 m 6.6 Miles 10.6 km on 5 2 hours 3.3 mi / 5.3 km This is where the West Rim Trail splits from the Angels Landing Trail. 0.5 mi to Angels Landing from this point. ch 1 Watchman Trail Zion Canyon Visitor Center Minor drop-offs and handrails. Ends at a viewpoint into lower Zion Canyon. Parking is limited. Sand Be East Side 163 ft / 50 m Down-canyon shuttle ONLY 8 Scout Lookout 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 MODERATE Canyon Overlook East side of Zion Tunnel Temple of Sinawava (Accessible with assistance) 7.7 Miles 12.4 km Zion Canyon Scenic Drive East Entrance Canyon Junction Down-canyon shuttle ONLY 3 Canyon Overlook Trail 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 Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel Large Vehicle Escort Tunnel times and size restrictions on other side. No bikes/pedestrians allowed in the tunnel. Paved road 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. Tr a il South Campground 0 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 re ek 6 1.4 Miles 2.25 km Kolob Reservoir 7 Kolob Arch 0.6 mi 2.3 Miles 3.7 km 0.3 mi Cr ee Cr eek SPRINGDALE P Parking throughout the town of Springdale 8 ey il Tra 6.5 mi 9 To 15 Kolob Canyons, St George, and Las Vegas La Po va in t R West Rim Trailhead d Lava Point 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 9 2.8 Miles 4.5 km Zion Canyon Visitor Center Hiking ll Va ki n La Ver Beatty Spring m Other Visitor Information 1.8 mi 6.4 mi 4 Watchman Campground 5 1.0 Miles 1.6 km k e L a V r ki n C 0.8 Miles 1.29 km Ho p To La Verkin, Springdale and Zion Canyon Visitor Center Tim be r Timber Creek Overlook Trail 1 3 Clinic 0.4 Miles 0.8 km 1.8 Miles 2.9 km 1 2 Lion Blvd. To Cedar City, Cedar Breaks NM, and Salt Lake City Watch Zion Canyon Village 0.2 Miles 0.3 km a n South Entrance 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 nearest medical clinics and pharmacies are located in the City of Hurricane about 30 minutes from Zion. The nearest hospitals are in St. George, Cedar City, and Kanab. Park Information (435) 772-3256 Website www.nps.gov/zion E-mail email@example.com Traffic and Parking Updates www.twitter.com/zionnps 1610 AM 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 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. STEEP CLIFFS Falls from cliffs on trails have resulted in death. Loose sand or pebbles on stone are very slippery. Watch for edges all the time - especially when using cameras or binoculars. Never throw or roll rocks. There may be hikers below you. Stay on the trail and away from cliff edges. Observe posted warnings and keep children away from edges. 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 easy on your hike until you know how the elevation is going to affect you. PUBLIC HEALTH The National Park Service encourages you to follow public health guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Isolate if you feel sick, wash your hands often, and avoid touching your face. To make a reservation, visit www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777. Camping is not allowed in parking areas or pullouts. 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 You need a permit for activities including but not limited to: hiking to Angels Landing, backpacking, canyoneering, climbing bivy camping, and hiking some Wilderness routes. Statewide updates at utahfireinfo.gov If conditions permit building a fire, clear debris and only leave when the fire is out cold. Fires are never allowed in Wilderness. 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. • 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 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 Available on a first-comefirst served basis. If you are driving an RV or other large vehicle, use the Oversize Vehicle Lot near Zion Canyon Visitor Center. If your vehicle will fit through our tunnel without a permit (see below) you cannot use this lot. There is paid parking in Springdale. Zion Tunnel: (Oversize Vehicles, RVs, Large Trailers) ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL 2023 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 25: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • March 26 through October 7: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. PROHIBITED IN THE TUNNEL • No vehicles over 13 feet 1 inch (4m) tall • No semi-trucks and commercial vehicles (e.g. box trucks) • No vehicles carrying hazardous materials • No bicyclists or pedestrians 11’4” 3.4 m 7’10” 2.4 m CAMPFIRES Campfires are only allowed in metal campground fire rings. Sometimes, especially during the summer, campfires are not allowed due to the risk of wildfire. 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. 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. Permits & Reservations CAMPING You need a reservation to camp in any of the park's campgrounds. Visitors must comply with all rules regarding riding the shuttles. • 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. 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. DRIVING Drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and wildlife all share park roads. 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. SPRINGDALE SHUTTLE 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 park visitor centers. Published 02/24/2023