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Zion Maps and Guides
Fall 2021 Information Sheet for Zion National Park (NP) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Zion Information Guide Hiking Guide Zion Canyon Shuttle Information Hike Round Trip Location Average Time 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. 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. 5 Lower Emerald Pool Zion Lodge 1 hour 1.2 mi / 1.9 km 69 ft / 21 m 9 Riverside Walk Temple of Sinawava 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / 3.5 km 57 ft / 17 m Elevation Description Change EASY Leads to the pools below Middle Emerald Pools and the Upper Emerald Pools Trails. SHUTTLE SCHEDULE Sept. 20 to Nov. 7 Nov. 8 to Nov. 28 Nov. 29 to Dec 22 Dec. 23 to January 1 First bus into the canyon from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center 7:00am 7:00am Shuttle not in service 8:00am Last bus out of the canyon from Temple of Sinawava 7:15pm 6:15pm Shuttle not in service 5:45pm MASKS ARE REQUIRED ON THE SHUTTLE Paved trail follows the Virgin River in a deep canyon. First 0.4 miles is wheelchair accessible but may be sandy. North MODERATE Canyon Overlook East side of Zion Tunnel 1 hour 1.0 mi / 1.6 km 163 ft / 50 m Watchman Trail Zion Canyon Visitor Center 2 hours 3.3 mi / 5.3 km 368 ft / 112 m Minor drop-offs. Ends at viewpoint of the Towers of the Virgin, lower Zion Canyon, and Springdale. 5 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. 6 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 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 Zion Lodge 1 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km 200 ft/ 61 m 5 Minor drop-offs. A sandy and rocky trail that climbs to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff. No swimming. 6.6 Miles Zion Canyon Scenic Drive Big Bend 8 Walter’s Wiggles Weeping Rock Angels Landing CLOSED West Rim Trail Upper Emerald Pools Trail Private vehicles are not allowed on the Scenic Drive beyond Canyon Junction when shuttle buses are operating. 6 No Swimming 4.3 Miles For most of the year, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is open to shuttle buses ONLY. The Grotto Kayenta Trail 4.9 Miles Grotto Trail Zion Lodge Lower Emerald Pools Trail 5 No Swimming Middle Emerald Pools Trail No Swimming Angels Landing via West Rim Trail The Grotto 4 hours 5.4 mi / 8.7 km 1500 ft/ 457 m Long drop-offs. Not for young children or anyone fearful of heights. The Narrows (via Riverside Walk) Temple of Sinawava 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. Court of the 3.2 Miles HARMFUL ALGAE MAY BE PRESENT: Zion National Park is experiencing a harmful cyanobacteria bloom. The park is conducting regular water quality monitoring and will issue health advisories based off the latest data. Check the Visitor Center or park website for the current conditions and advisories. Do not drink water from the river. a il ch Tr nd Be n Out and back hike. Sa 9 9 Scout Lookout STRENUOUS 6 Temple of Sinawava 0.5 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km 100 ft/ 30 m Taylor Creek Trail Kolob Canyons Road 3.5 hours 5.0 mi / 8.0 km 450 ft/ 137 m 1.7 Miles 8 hours 14 mi / 22.5 km Mt. Ca rmel Hig hway Pa’rus Trail C re ek To: Kanab Grand Canyon Bryce Canyon CLOSED South Entrance 0 1 Maximum 12 people per group. Follows Timber and La Verkin Creek. A side trail leads to Kolob Arch, one of the world’s largest arches. No bikes/pedestrians allowed in the tunnel. South Campground Amphitheater South Campground Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel Large Vehicle Escort Tunnel times and size restrictions on other side. Museum Follows a ridge to views of Timber Creek, Kolob Terrace, and the Pine Valley Mountains. 1037 ft/ amp 316 mC Canyon Overlook Trail 89 Zion- Maximum 12 people per group. Follows the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek past two homestead cabins to Double Arch Alcove. East Entrance No private vehicles beyond the gate when shuttle buses are in operation Paved road Kolob Arch via La Hiking Trail Verkin Creek Trail mi Trail mileage Lee2.5Pass 4 Patriarchs Canyon Junction KOLOB CANYONS HIKING TRAILS Timber Creek Overlook Trail Kolob Canyons Road Virgin River 5 7.7 Miles rk 1 Minor drop-offs and handrails. Ends at a viewpoint into lower Zion Canyon. Parking is limited. Riverside Walk Fo East Side Map of Zion Canyon The Narrows N o rth Shuttle Stop National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Zion Canyon Visitor Center Clinic Watchman Campground Lion Blvd 0 0.5 Kilometer 0.5 Mile Kolob Canyons To Cedar City, Cedar Breaks NM, and Salt Lake City 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 Shuttle Information 9 SPRINGDALE Pets are prohibited on all trails. Group size illis is 12 people. limit on wilderness W trails Cre e k Kolob Reservoir 6.4 mi 0.3 mi Cr ee C Springdale shuttle stop Springdale shuttle route Other Visitor Information Paved road open to private vehicles Tunnel Hiking trail Biking Campground Picnic area Wheelchair-accessible Amphitheater Ranger station Pets Drinking water Dining Restrooms Lodging ey ki n Beatty Spring ll Va La Ver k ree Zion Canyon shuttle route Hiking 15 k Kolob Arch 0.6 mi Ho p To La Verkin, Springdale and Zion Canyon Visitor Center Pay Parking Available To: St. George Las Vegas 1.8 mi Tim be r Timber Creek Overlook Trail e L a V r ki n C re ek Trai l 15 Park shuttle stop il Tra 6.5 mi La Po va in t R West Rim Trailhead d Lava 0.1 mi Contact Information Mailing Address 1 Zion Park Blvd. State Route 9 Springdale, UT 84767 Social Media www.facebook.com/zionnps www.twitter.com/zionnps www.instagram.com/zionnps Wilderness Information (435) 772-0170 Zion Tunnel: (Oversize Vehicles, RVs, Large Trailers) Park Information (435) 772-3256 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 oneway traffic control through the tunnel. Large vehicles cannot travel in a single lane through the tunnel. Nearly all RVs, buses, trailers, fifth-wheels, dual-wheel trucks, campers, and boats require traffic control. Website www.nps.gov/zion E-mail email@example.com Traffic and Parking Updates www.twitter.com/zionnps 1610 A.M. Radio Getting Around To protect park resources, 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. DRIVING Park roads are used by vehicles, bicycles, walkers, and even wildlife. Obey posted speed limits. Unless otherwise posted, the maximum speed limit is 35 mph. Seat belts or child safety seats are required for all occupants of a vehicle. Zion Canyon Scenic drive access is by shuttle bus or with a permit only. The park entrance pass is not a permit. Please turn off your engine when your vehicle is stopped. ZION CANYON SHUTTLE During much of the year, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is only accessible by shuttle bus. See the shuttle schedule for times and dates of this free service. Masks are required on all shuttles. The buses are wheelchair accessible and 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. SPRINGDALE SHUTTLE The park operates a free shuttle in Springdale. Leave your vehicle at your hotel or park in one of the approved parking areas in Springdale and catch the shuttle in town. Enter the park at the pedestrian bridge at Zion Canyon Village. BICYCLING Bicycling is permitted on all park roads and on the Pa’rus Trail. Bicyclists 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. Class 1 pedalassist E-bikes are allowed in the same locations as regular bicycles, and must follow all of the same rules. Camping Zion National Park has two campgrounds open: South and Watchman Campgrounds, both of which are by reservation only. Watchman Campground can be booked up to 6 months ahead and South Campground two weeks ahead. To make a reservation, visit www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777. Camping is not permitted in parking areas or pullouts in the park. Campfires are currently allowed in established fire rings within campgrounds. Be sure any campfire area is clear of debris, and that your fire is out cold before you leave. Fire restrictions are subject to change. For an up-to-date list of restrictions, visit utahfireinfo.gov. Ranger-led Programs Enhance your understanding and enjoyment of Zion National Park by participating in a free ranger-led program. Program schedules are based on ranger staffing and availability. • Check park information centers and bulletin board for times, places, subjects, and information about programming. Topics include geology, plants, animals, human history, and more. • Junior Ranger handbook: 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. COVID-19 Safety Alert The National Park Service encourages you to practice safety guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. for unvaccinated individuals when in public indoor settings and outdoors when physical distancing is not feasible. • Isolate if you feel sick. Symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. • Practice social distancing. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and others. • Masks are required for everyone on shuttles. Masks are also required TUNNEL CONTROL It is $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. After hours you must return at 8 am the following day to go through the tunnel. TUNNEL HOURS • August 29 to September 25: 8am to 7pm • September 26 to November 6: 8am to 6pm • November 7 to February 26: 8am to 4:30pm 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. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. • 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 • 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 • Build up of clouds or thunder • Sudden changes in water clarity from clear to muddy EMERGENCY Call 911 • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. PROHIBITED IN THE TUNNEL For 24-hour emergency response, call 911 or 435-772-3322. 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. EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA™ Date Published 10/8/2021