Things to Do in Zion National Park
Things to Do in Zion National Park
Help us protect the park and ensure you have a safe and enjoyable bicycling experience by follow the rules and regulations below.
- Bicycling is permitted on all park roadways and on the Pa’rus Trail. All other park trails, off-trail routes, and the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel are closed to bicycling.
- Bicyclists attempting to travel though the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel must obtain a ride through the tunnel, which is often possible by hitchhiking. Rangers are not allowed to arrange for, or transport cyclists through the tunnel.
- Bicycles must ride single file on park roads and stop to let shuttle buses pass. Do not pass a moving shuttle bus.
- Each shuttle bus has a rack for at least two bicycles.
- Bicycles are permitted only on established roads and the Pa’rus Trail.
- The Pa’rus Trail leads from the campgrounds to the Scenic Drive Junction. Riding on hiking trails or crosscountry is Prohibited!
- Bicyclists should always ride defensively; vehicle traffic is often heavy and drivers may be distracted by the scenery.
- Riding bicycles through the Zion – Mt Carmel tunnel is Prohibited!
- Bicycles must be transported through the tunnel by a motor vehicle. Contact the Zion Canyon visitor center or either entrance station for more information.
Camping and Fires
Camping is allowed only in campgrounds and designated back country sites with a fee permit. Building wood or ground fires are prohibited in the back country .
Watch out for falling ice and slippery conditions. Most trails have drop-offs where you must be extra careful to watch your footing. Always stay back away from the edges. People uncertain about heights should turn around if they come to drop-offs that bother them. See the Hiking Page for details.
Many of Zion’s sandstone cliffs are comprised of loose or “rotten” rock. Climbing hardware and techniques used for granite are often less effective on sandstone. Info on climbing is available at the Visitor Center. A permit is required for an overnight climb.
Water is available at both Visitor Centers, campgrounds, Zion Lodge, Grotto Picnic Area, and Temple of Sinawava. DO NOT drink untreated water from streams or springs.
Guided horseback rides are available from late March to early November. Reservations and information are available at the lodge or by writing:
Bryce Zion Trail Rides
PO Box 58
Tropic, UT 84776
or by calling: 435-772-3967 or 679-8665
A Utah fishing license is required in the park. Angling success is poor.
Canyoneering is an outdoor activity that combines route finding, rappelling, problem solving, swimming, and hiking. Zion National Park has become one of the premier places in the country to participate in this exciting activity.
A permit is required for all technical canyoneering trips. With dozens of different canyons to explore, some barely wide enough for a human to squeeze through, the park offers opportunities that range from trips for beginners to experiences requiring advanced technical skills.
Grotto Picnic Area – is located in Zion Canyon. It has fire grates, picnic tables, water and restrooms.
Kolob Picnic Area – is located at the end of Kolob Canyon Road. This site has fire grates, picnic tables and pit toilets.
Lava Point Picnic Area – has tables and pit toilets are one mile away.
All watercraft use in the park requires a wilderness permit. These permits are free and can be obtained at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center the day before or the day of your trip.
Permits are issued when the river is flowing in excess of 150 cubic feet per second. Watercraft must be specifically designed for whitewater use. Operators must be equipped with approved personal flotation devices.
Inner tubes are not permitted at any time on any watercourse within the park.
Sunset and Stargazing in Zion
Zion is a great place to re-connect with the night sky, or maybe even get your first view of the Milky Way. Zion protects this dark sky resource for future generations by not lighting up the night. But this means that after sunset, the park is dark! Be prepared!
Staying for sunset in the park? Interested in stargazing in Zion? Have a safe and enjoyable experience by following the tips below:
- Don’t stop or stand in the roadway. Oncoming cars can’t see you in the fading light (and they are looking at the scenery too!) Use pullouts and parking lots.
- Have a light. If you plan on walking away from your vehicle, every member of your group should have a personal light (headlamp or flashlight; don’t rely on your phone!) If you didn’t bring one with you, lights are available for purchase in many local stores and the park bookstore.
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