Utah National Parks

Zion National Park

Zion National Park



General Info & Web sites

Zion National ParkZion National Park, located in southwestern Utah, stretches over 229 square miles and provides visitors many colorful canyons, some of which are extremely narrow and steep. Zion Canyon is the main feature of the park. It is about 10 miles long and offers visitors a wide variety of hiking opportunities. Zion National Park receives over 2.7 million visitors a year, making it Utah's most popular tourist destinations. During the summer of 2009 the park marked the official centennial of its designation as a national monument.


Maps / Mileage Chart
  • NPS Printable Maps
    Printable maps of the different areas of Zion.
  • Google Map
    Browser based map of the park. Click and drag maps to view adjacent sections immediately. View satellite images of the park that you can zoom and pan.
  • Utah.com
    Map and driving directions for Zion National park.


    Photography in Zion
  • Utah Collections
    A collection of pictures, videos and documents related to the park.
  • Go-Utah.com
    Zion National Park, Utah Photo Gallery - Beautiful photos, pictures, images
  • nps.gov
    US National Park Service photo gallery of Zion.
  • OhRanger.com
    Photos of Zion National Park.


Sights to See
Average Temperatures
January 52°F 29°F
February 57°F 31°F
March 63°F 36°F
April 73°F 43°F
May 83°F 52°F
June 93°F 60°F
July 100°F 68°F
August 97°F 66°F
September 91°F 60°F
October 78°F 49°F
November 63°F 37°F
December 53°F 30°F
  • Angels Landing - from atop this feature, Zion is all around you. Angels Landing is a destination for those of strong body and nerve—some might even say faith. To get there, you must hike a trail with steep drop-offs on both sides which is definitely not for those with a fear of heights. For your safety, use the chain handrail.
  • Checkerboard Mesa - a prominent example of naturally sculpted rock art. Horizontal lines, the remnants of ancient sand beds, are etched into a checkerboard pattern by vertical fractures that have been enlarged over the years by runoff from rain and melting snow.
  • The Great White Throne - rises more than 2,400 feet above the canyon floor.
  • Kolob Arch - spans 310 feet making it one of the longest freestanding arches in the world. The arch can be reached by hiking seven miles from Lee Pass along the La Verkin Creek Trail. The 14-mile round-trip excursion is strenuous and is usually done as an overnight backpacking trip (permit required).
  • Kolob Canyon - offers vast areas for backcountry exploration. The Finger Canyons of the Kolob were carved from Navajo Sandstone by the action of the north, middle and south forks of Taylor Creek.
  • Observation Point - from this lofty perch, you can see the length of Zion Canyon and witness the erosional wonders achieved by the Virgin River.
  • Riverside Walk - takes you deeper into the canyon beyond the end of the road. This is an easy, paved path with 2,000-foot-high canyon walls towering on both sides. When conditions are favorable, visitors may walk beyond the end of the trail toward the Zion Narrows.
  • Weeping Rock - a grotto carved from stone and lavishly adorned with hanging gardens.
  • West Temple - is the highest peak in the southern part of Zion. In layer upon layer of rock, it ascends more than 3,800 feet from its base, revealing much geologic history.
  • Zion Narrows - soaring walls, sandstone grottos, natural springs, and hanging gardens. Hiking the Zion Narrows means hiking in the Virgin River. At least 60% of the hike is spent wading, walking, and sometimes swimming in the stream.


Park Activities

  • Go-Utah.com
    Complete mountain biking information for Zion National Park, Utah with maps, photos, trail descriptions, biking guides and outfitters, and more.
  • nps.gov
    Help us protect the park and ensure a safe and enjoyable bicycling experience by following the rules and regulations.
  • Utah.Com
    Zion National Park; where to ride in the Zion area.
  • Go-Utah.com
    RV Park and Campground Information for Zion National Park, Utah.
  • HipCamp
    Stay overnight at one of the park’s three campgrounds.
  • nps.gov
    US National Park Service information about camping in Zion.
  • Utah.com
    Campgrounds and camping fees in Zion National Park.
  • nps.gov
    US National Park Service information about climbing in Zion.
  • Rockclimbing.com
    Find climbing areas and routes in Zion National Park and discover photos, user reviews, and detailed route info like climbing type and grade.
  • Utah.com
    Rock climbing in Zion National Park, including routes, reglations and closures.
  • Zion National Park
    Zion National Park Canyoneering.
Hiking / Backpacking
  • Day Hikes
    Best day hikes in Zion National Park, Utah
  • Go-Utah.com
    Complete hiking information for Zion National Park, Utah with maps, photos, trail descriptions, guides and outfitters, and more.
  • nps.gov
    US National Park Service information about hiking in Zion.
  • Trails.com
    Zion National Park Hiking - Search for Trails by Map.
  • Utah.com
    Guide to hiking trails in Zion National Park.
Horseback Riding
  • Go-Utah.com
    Horseback riding is offered in the Zion National Park area.
  • My Utah Parks
    In-park trail rides follow the course of the Virgin River or expand out into Sand Beach Trail.
  • Utah.com
    Horseback trail rides in and around Zion National Park.
  • Zion Canyon
    If you are into horseback riding, our horseback riding excursion through beautiful Zion National Park will be the highlight of your vacation experience.
Scenic Drives
  • Go-Utah.com
    Complete scenic drive information for Zion National Park, Utah with maps, photos, route descriptions and more.
  • nps.gov Shuttle System
    Learn how to use the shuttle systems in Zion National Park and the town of Springdale.
  • Utah.com
    Auto touring Zion National Park to see major attractions.