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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 National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Shuttle Information Hike Round Trip Location Average Time Elevation Change Description SPRING SCHEDULE EASY Feb 13 to March 7 Weekends Only March 13 to May 8 Daily 5:45pm 7:15pm Last bus out of the canyon from Temple of Sinawava Pa’rus Trail Visitor Center to Canyon Junction 2 hours 3.5 mi / 5.6 km 50 ft / 15 m 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. Tickets are only available online at www.recreation.gov 69 ft / 21 m Leads to the pools below Middle Emerald Pools and the Upper Emerald Pools Trails. May be icy in winter. • Seating has been reduced and no standing is allowed. 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. Lower Emerald Pool 1 hour 1.2 mi / Zion Lodge Paved trail follows the Virgin River from the Visitor Center to Canyon Junction. 1.9 km Riverside Walk Temple of Sinawava 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / 3.5 km YOU MUST HAVE A SHUTTLE TICKET TO BOARD THE BUS • Masks are required on the shuttle. See COVID-19 Alert on back for details. • Do not return to the Visitor Center until you are done in the canyon for the day. Once you have returned to the Visitor Center your shuttle ticket is expired. • Shuttle tickets are non-transferable and photo ID may be required. • Children under 2 who sit on an adult’s lap do not need a ticket. • A ticket is valid only for the date purchased. • Shuttle tickets are not included in your park entrance fee. • Assigned boarding time for Stop 1/ Visitor Center is on the ticket. MODERATE Canyon Overlook East side of Zion Tunnel 1 hour 1.0 mi / 1.6 km 163 ft / 50 m Minor drop-offs and handrails. Ends at a viewpoint into lower Zion Canyon. Parking is limited. 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. 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. 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 1.5 hour 2.2 mi / Zion Lodge 150 ft/ 45 m An unpaved climb to a sandstone ledge that parallels the lower trail at a higher elevation. Upper Emerald Pool 1 hour 1 mi / Zion Lodge 200 ft/ 61 m Minor drop-offs. A sandy and rocky trail that climbs to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff. No swimming is allowed. 3.5 km 1.6 km The Narrows North Riverside Walk Temple of Sinawava 9 CIRCULATOR BUS STOPS Scout Lookout 8 Walter’s Wiggles 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 334 ft / 9.4 mi / 102 m 15.1km 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. 6 The Grotto Kayenta Trail Upper Emerald Pools Trail 6 5 Grotto Trail Zion Lodge Lower Emerald Pools Trail Shuttle Stops 2, 3, 4 and 7 are temporarily out of service 5 No Swimming No Swimming Zion Canyon Scenic Drive Court of the Patriarchs Virgin River East Entrance N o rth Fo rk ch Tr nd Be n No Private Vehicles a il SHUTTLES ONLY Sa HARMFUL ALGAE MAY BE PRESENT: Zion National Park recently experienced 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. CLOSED West Rim Trail Middle Emerald Pools Trail Out and back hike. 8 Weeping Rock Angels Landing STRENUOUS 4 hours 5.4 mi / 8.7 km 9 Big Bend No Swimming Angels Landing via West Rim Trail The Grotto • A shuttle ticket does not guarantee parking in the park. Canyon Overlook Trail Canyon Junction No private vehicles beyond the gate KOLOB CANYONS HIKING TRAILS Taylor Creek Trail Kolob Canyons Road Timber Creek Overlook Trail Kolob Canyons Road Paved road Kolob Arch via La Hiking Trail Verkin Creek Trail Kolob Canyons 2.5 mi Trail mileageRoad 3.5 hours 5.0 mi / 8.0 km 450 ft/ 137 m 0.5 hour 1 mi / 1.6 km 100 ft/ 30 m Maximum 12 people per group. Follows the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek past two homestead cabins to Double Arch Alcove. 89 Zion- Follows a ridge to views of Timber Creek, Kolob Terrace, and the Pine Valley Mountains. Museum 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 1 Watchman Campground Lion Blvd Paved road open to private vehicles Trai l re ek Kolob Reservoir Kolob Arch 0.6 mi Pay Parking Available 0.3 mi Cr ee Beatty Spring To: St. George Las Vegas ey ki n eek ll Va La Ver Cr 9 SPRINGDALE k e L a V r ki n C 6.4 mi il Tra 15 6.5 mi Tunnel Hiking Trails Main Shuttle Route Ho p To La Verkin, Springdale and Zion Canyon Visitor Center Visitor Center Clinic 1.8 mi Tim be r Timber Creek Overlook Trail No bikes/pedestrians allowed in the tunnel. Watchman Trail South Entrance Pets are prohibited on all trails. Group size illis is 12 people. limit on wilderness W trails Cre e k 15 Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel Large Vehicle Escort Tunnel times and size restrictions on other side. Pa’rus Trail South Campground 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 Highway Nature Center Kolob Canyons To Cedar City, Cedar Breaks NM, and Salt Lake City Mt. Ca rmel CLOSED 1037 ft/ Maximum 12 people per group. Follows Timber La Verkin Creek. A side trail leads to Kolob 316 mCamp and C re ek Arch, one of the world’s largest arches. 8 hours 14 mi / 22.5 km To: Kanab Grand Canyon Bryce Canyon La Po va in t R West Rim Trailhead d Lava 0.1 mi Circulator Shuttle Route Ranger station Shuttle Stop Drinking water Hiking Restrooms Biking Picnic area Zion Lodging Wheelchair accessible Cafe Pets (leashed) 0 0.5 Kilometer 0.5 Mile 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 Website www.nps.gov/zion E-mail email@example.com Traffic and Parking Updates www.twitter.com/zionnps 1610 A.M. Radio 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. 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. TUNNEL CONTROL What To Do if Tickets Are Sold Out Visitors who are not able to get a shuttle bus ticket can explore other areas of the park such as the East Side via Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, Kolob Canyons, or the Kolob Terrace road to Lava Point. Walking the Scenic Drive is long and not recommended. Consider renting a bike or contacting one of the authorized private shuttle companies below. Rent a Bicycle or E-Bike It is $15 per oversize vehicle (includes two tunnel passthroughs 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 Bikes are available to rent from outfitters in the communities around the park including several in Springdale. Bicycles are welcome on the mostly level Pa’rus trail, but not other trails. The Scenic Drive has 300 feet of gradual elevation change between Canyon Junction and Court of the Patriarchs but is relatively flat most of the way. Ride bicycles single file. Pull bicycle over and stop to allow shuttle buses to pass as soon as it is safe to do so. Hire a Commercial Shuttle The businesses listed below are authorized to provide shuttle service on the Scenic Drive. Some offer private trips for individuals or groups. They can drop you off at a trailhead and pick you up when you are done. Ridesharing services are not allowed to transport the public into the park. Demand for private shuttles is high so expect long waits. Payment for services cannot be collected inside the park. SAW Zion zionguidehub.com Zion Jeep Tours zionjeeptours.com Zion Guru zionguru.com East Zion Adventures eastzionadventures.com Zion Rock & Mountain Guides zionrockguides.com Zion Adventure Company zionadventures.com 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. Group sites are closed until further notice. Camping is not permitted in parking areas or pullouts in the park. • Stay home 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. • Masks are required by the public health directive when in public indoor settings and outdoors when physical distancing is not feasible. This includes throughout the shuttle bus system. • Practice social distancing. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and others. • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. EMERGENCY Call 911 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. • April 25 to August 28 from 8am to 8pm PROHIBITED IN 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 • Vehicles over 50,000 pounds Bicycles and pedestrians are not permitted in the tunnel and must obtain a ride. Hitchhiking is permitted. Rangers are not allowed to provide or arrange for transport through the tunnel. • Winter from 8am to 4:30pm • February 28 to March 13 from 8am to 6pm 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 Whether hiking, climbing, or driving, your safety depends on your good judgment, preparation, and constant awareness. Safety supplies are available at the Zion Forever Park Store in the Visitor Center, including water bottles, face masks, sunscreen, and hats. 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. 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. 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 and winter gear are recommended. Your safety is your responsibility. COVID-19 Safety Alert The National Park Service encourages you to follow CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. • March 14 to April 24 from 8am to 7pm 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 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 life-threatening. 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 EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA™ 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 Date Published 2/5/2021