As 2 of those statistics we can attest to how crazily jam packed the park is and we visited in october. Visiting utah s five national parks is a commitment of both research and time.
Help out at zion national park volunteer opportunities.
National parks zion. She s visiting new parks as they open and closely adhering to best safety practices. Attend one of our ranger programs ranger programs. Phones are answered 9 am to 4 pm mountain time.
Ideally your family should spend two nights in this park to get a chance to fully explore it. Zion national park is the first stop on your utah national parks road trip. Limited shuttle operations and areas of zion national park open july 1 2020 shuttles will begin limited operatons on july 1 2020.
Zion national park 1 zion park blvd. State route 9 springdale ut 84767. 435 772 3256 recorded park information available 24 hours a day.
And technically replacing the shuttles does not count as deferred maintenance the npca said. Taking this approach you enter the park through the zion mount carmel tunnel emerging on the other end smack in the middle of a giant awe inspiring canyon a playground for campers sightseers hikers and. The closest major airport is in las vegas less than a three hour drive to zion.
This park is the most popular of the utah national parks because it is within a day s drive of several metropolitan areas. Being the fourth most visited national park is a recipe for almost constant crowds in central zion canyon. For those of us on the west coast and mountain region a road trip to zion national park bryce canyon is super easy and the sheer beauty and majesty of the parks will be worth the 95 degree temperatures.
Zion national park alone has around 70 million in deferred maintenance without the shuttle cost. Zion was the fourth most visited us national park in 2019 with 4 5 million recreational visits. As soon as you depart bryce and point yourself west you ll start to see signs for zion national park all of 90 minutes away.
Genuine shock at the sheer volume of cars inside zion quickly dissolved as we began to realize why the park is so popular. Zion national park is an american national park located in southwestern utah near the town of springdale a prominent feature of the 229 square mile 590 km 2 park is zion canyon which is 15 miles 24 km long and up to 2 640 ft 800 m deep the canyon walls are reddish and tan colored navajo sandstone eroded by the north fork of the virgin river.