Where Is Zion National Park?
Located in Washington, Iron and Kane Counties in Southwestern Utah. I-15 passes west of the Park and connects with UT-9 , exit 16, and UT-17, exit 27. US-89 passes east of the park and connects with UT-9, at the Mt. Carmel Junction. The Kolob Canyon Visitor Center is accessible from I-15, exit 40.
The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is accessible from UT-9, and is located a short distance from the Park's South Entrance near Springdale, UT. The closest major airport is Las Vegas International, in Las Vegas, NV, 158 miles (254 km), 3-hours southwest of the park. A smaller airport is located in St. George, UT, 46 miles (74.1 km), 1-hour southwest of the park.
When Should I Go & What’s The Weather Like?
Be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions. Temperatures vary with changes in elevation, day and evening temperatures may vary by over 30-degrees Fahrenheit.
Spring (March - May) Spring can hold unpredictable weather, with stormy, wet days being common, mixed with occasional warm, sunny weather. Precipitation is heaviest in March. Wildflowers bloom from April through June, peaking in May.
Summer (June-August) Afternoon thunderstorms are common from mid-July through mid-September. Storms may produce flash foods.
Fall (Sept-Nov) Fall days are usually clear and mild; nights are often cool. Autumn tree-color displays begin in September in the high country; inside Zion Canyon, autumn colors usually peak in late October.
Winter (December-February) Winter in Zion Canyon is fairly mild. Winter storms bring rain or light snow to the canyon and heavier snow up higher. Clear days may become quite warm, reaching 60 °F (16 °C); nights are often 20 °F to 40 °F (?7 °C to 4 °C). Winter storms can last several days and make roads icy. Zion roads are plowed, except the Kolob Terrace Road and the Kolob Canyons Road, which are closed when covered with snow. Winter driving conditions persist from November through March.
What’s There To Do at Zion National Park?
Zion offers many hiking trails ranging from the amateur to advanced, with wildflower walks in spring and beautiful fall colors in autumn. Mountain Biking and horseback riding are available in the warmer months. The Pa'rus Trail offers a paved, car-free alternative for bicyclists to connect with the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Photo opportunities abound here, with dynamic light, shadows and textures. Birdwatching is popular, as 271 species of birds call Zion home. There are some excellent guided tours
of Zion and the Southwest
to show you all the places you may miss on your own.