General Zion National Park questions and answers

What are the operating hours and seasons Zion National Park is open and what's
the best way of getting there?

During summer months, the visitor centers are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Spring, fall and winter hours are shortened. Visitor centers are closed on December 25.
You can call for  updates at 435-772-3256.
As far as getting there:
By Plane:
The closest major airport is Las Vegas International, 150 miles from the park. There is a
smaller airport in St. George, UT, 46 miles (74.1 km) from the park.
By Car:
The Visitor Center at the Kolob Canyons entrance is accessible from I-15, exit 40. I-15
passes west of the Park and connects with UT-9 and 17 to the Park. US-89 passes east
and connects with UT-9 to the Park. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is a short distance
from the Park's South Entrance adjacent to Springdale.

What activities are there to do in Zion?

Hiking - Zion offers many trails ranging from short "leg-stretcher" walks to strenuous
Wildflowers & Fall Colors - A variety of life zones and habitats makes Zion an excellent
location for wildflower walks in spring and brilliant leaf color in autumn.
Photography - Zion offers the photographer many opportunities to explore color, texture,
and light.
Birdwatching - Zion is home to 271 species of birds. Bird checklists are available at the
visitor centers.
Bicycling - The Pa'rus Trail offers a paved, car-free alternative for bicyclists to connect
with the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Shuttle buses are equiped with bike racks.

I'm coming with my kids, what kind of thing would be fun for them to do?

The Zion Junior Ranger Explorer program is offered for kids ages 6 to 12 during the
summer months. The activities are created and presented with a young person's level of
learning and interest in mind.

How does Zion compare to other National Parks?

Zion is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring  places on the face of the earth (but
then again I'm a bit partial).  Unlike the Grand Canyon, where visitors enter at the rim and
look down, in Zion you enter at the base and look up at incredible colorful stone look
look down, in Zion you enter at the base and look up at incredible colorful stone

Where should I stay overnight when I come to Zion?
For an unforgettable vacation, stay at the lodge inside the Park, although there are also
some nice places to stay in nearby Glendale.  If you're looking for popular chain hotels, I
suggest St George Utah which is around an hour away.