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Zion Maps and Guides
Fall Information Sheet for Zion National Park (NP) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Zion Information Guide National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Hiking Guide Hike Round Trip Location Average Time Elevation Description Gain SHUTTLE SCHEDULE September 19 to November 5 November 6 to November 27 First bus into the canyon from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center 7:00am 7:00am Last bus into the canyon from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center 5:00pm 4:00pm Last bus out of the canyon from Temple of Sinawava 7:15pm 6:15pm Town of Springdale shuttle hours 8:00am to 8:00pm 8:00am to 7:00pm Subject to change. Check website for current hours EASY 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 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. 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. Shuttles are out of service from November 28 to December 22 The Narrows MODERATE Tr a il Big Bend 6.6 Miles 10.6 km 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 Weeping Rock CLOSED Angels Landing 4.9 Miles 7.9 km Minor drop-offs. A sandy and rocky trail that climbs to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff. No swimming. Upper Emerald Pools Trail 3 hours 4.2 mi / 6.2 km The Narrows (via Riverside Walk) Temple of Sinawava 5 Jacob Peak 6831ft (2083m) 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. 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 Kolob Arch via La Verkin Creek Trail mileage 2.5 mi Trail Lee Pass Hiking Trail 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 Long drop-offs. Not for young children or anyone afraid of heights. 1000 ft/ 305 m 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 Lower Emerald Pools Trail Scout Lookout via West Rim Trail The Grotto For most of the year, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is open to shuttle buses ONLY. The Grotto No swimming 4.3 Miles 6.9 km Zion Canyon Scenic Drive 5990ft (1765m) l Kayenta Trail The Grotto Down-canyon shuttle ONLY 8 This is where the West Rim Trail splits from the Angels Landing Trail. 0.5 mi to Angels Landing from this point. River 9 im Scout Lookout Hike atop a massive landslide under The Sentinel. Minor drop-offs. Commercial horse trail from March to October. STRENUOUS 6 9 Trail 466 ft / 142 m tR Rim West 4 hours 7.6 mi / 12.2 km W es 7.7 Miles 12.4 km Tra i Sand Bench Trail Zion Lodge Minor drop-offs. Ends at viewpoint of the Towers of the Virgin, lower Zion Canyon, and Springdale. Temple of Sinawava (Accessible with assistance) Grotto Trail 5 368 ft / 112 m Riverside Walk Distance From Visitor Center nta 5 2 hours 3.3 mi / 5.3 km Map of Zion Canyon ye 6 Watchman Trail Zion Canyon Visitor Center Minor drop-offs and handrails. Ends at a viewpoint into lower Zion Canyon. Parking is limited. Ka 5 163 ft / 50 m n yon S c e ni c rt h Dr Fork iv e Vir gin 1 1 hour 1.0 mi / 1.6 km Zi No East Side Canyon Overlook East side of Zion Tunnel Ca Shuttle Stop Zion Canyon Shuttle 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 r C re ek T Midd rai le F ork Kolob Canyons Visitor Center Lee Pass Trailhead Fork Trai l Tr a Kolob Reservoir 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 Po 6.5 mi in 8 Point Lava HO 2.3 Miles 3.7 km P Y Sawmill To 15 Springs La Ca n Kolob Canyons, St George, and Las Vegas W i at ldc 4.8 mi RS E Wildcat Canyon Trailhead im West R il Tra 0.8 mi HO Connector yon Trail LLE Cr ee k VA Hop Valley Trailhead 9 Paved road open to private vehicles Tunnel Hiking trail Hiking Biking 9 Spring 2.8 Miles 4.5 km 0.1 mi Overlook 9 1 2 is located 3 Kilometers in Springdale near the 0 The Zion Canyon Medical Clinic 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. P Parking throughout a the town of Springdale t R West Rim Trailhead d Lava Point Park emergencies: call 435-772-3322 (daylight hours) SPRINGDALE 7 1.8 Miles av 2.9 Lkm 24-HOUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE: CALL 911 Ve rk in Other Visitor Information ey ki n La Ver Cr Ho p Cr ee k To La Verkin, Springdale and Zion Canyon Visitor Center Lion Blvd. 1.8 mi Kolob Arch 0.6 mi 1 3 Clinic 0.4 Miles 0.8 km 0.8 Miles 1.29 km 6.4 mi 1 2 0.2 Miles 0.3 km re ek e L a V r ki n C Timber Creek Overlook Trail Watch Zion Canyon Village Pets are prohibited on all trails. Group size illis is 12 people. limit on wilderness W trails Cre e k 15 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 T yl o Exit 40 il Kolob Canyons Campground Picnic area Wheelchair-accessible Amphitheater Ranger station Pets Drinking water Dining Restrooms Lodging Getting Around Contact Information Mailing Address 1 Zion Park Blvd. State Route 9 Springdale, UT 84767 Social Media Search @zionnps Wilderness Information (435) 772-0170 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. 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. 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. 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 • Clouds or thunder • Sudden changes in water clarity from clear to muddy 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. Visitors must comply with all rules regarding riding the shuttles. DRIVING Drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and wildlife all share park roads. 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. • 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 winter: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm PROHIBITED IN THE TUNNEL • Vehicles over 13 feet 1 inch (4m) tall • Semi-trucks and commercial vehicles (e.g. box trucks) • Bicyclists and pedestrians 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. 11’4” 3.4 m 7’10” 2.4 m • 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 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. • September 25 to November 5: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm • Vehicles carrying hazardous materials 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. • August 28 to September 24: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm 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 staffing and 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 handbook. The handbook is available for free at visitor centers within the park. Published 8/31/2022