Zion National Park

Accessibility
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Zion's canyon
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The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is the main visitor center located one mile (1.6 km) from the South Entrance of the park. A ramp leads from two designated parking spaces to the building. There is an accessible, unisex restroom with a 32-inch (80 cm) door width. The museum, sales displays, water fountain, and telephones are all accessible. A written script of the park orientation video is available upon request.

The Kolob Canyons Visitor Center is reached via Interstate 15, exit 40. There are two designated parking spaces and a ramp leads from the parking lot to the building. There are accessible restrooms, sales displays, and a telephone.

Zion Lodge, located on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, has a concrete ramp leading to the building. The snack bar, gift shop, restrooms, and dining room are all accessible. Two lodge rooms and two Western Cabins are accessible.

The Grotto Picnic Area is located 3.5 miles (5 km) up the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. There are two designated parking spaces. The picnic grounds are level but unpaved. Some of the tables are extended. There is an accessible, unisex restroom.

The Kolob Canyons Picnic Area is located at the end of the 5-mile (8 km) Kolob Canyons Scenic Drive. The restrooms are accessible; however, the tables are located up a steep, unpaved path.

Campgrounds

The South Campground is located .25 mile (0.4 km) south of the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. Sites 103, 114, and 115 are reserved for handicapped use. The sites are located near the restrooms. The gravel-covered sites may make the use of wheelchairs difficult. Water spigots are raised; however, the firepits are at ground level. The picnic tables have extensions. An asphalt trail leads from this loop to the South Campground Amphitheater (though wheelchair users may need assistance).

The Watchman Campground is located at the South Entrance. Sites B-27, C-24, and C-29 are reserved for handicapped use. The pavement at the sites is slightly broken. There is a gravel pathway to the restrooms. The fire grills are elevated and the picnic tables have extensions. An asphalt trail leads from Loop C to the Watchman Campground Amphitheater.

Trails

The Pa'rus Trail is a wheelchair-accessible paved bike path. While there are no dropoffs along the trail and the elevation gain is only 50 feet (15 m), individuals using the trail should be aware of its main use as a bike path. In addition there is a ten percent grade at the north end of the trail. The trail can be accessed by parking at the South Campground Amphitheater and following the paved pathway that leads from the right of the amphitheater and down to the trail, or by parking at the junction of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway.

The Riverside Walk is accessible to wheelchair users with assistance or to users of motorized wheelchairs. It is paved for its entire one-mile (1.6 km) length. However, there are irregularities in the pavement in several places. The trail climbs 57 feet (17 m) with maximum grades between five and seven percent. No grade exceeds 1:12. A few places along the trail are bordered by drop-offs with no intervening rims or railings. There is an accessible, unisex restroom located at the trailhead at the Temple of Sinawava.

The Lower Emerald Pools is accessible to wheelchair users with assistance or to users of motorized wheelchairs. It is paved for the first 0.5 mile (0.8 km). Maximum grades run between 5 and 7 percent. No grade exceeds 1:12. Some stretches of this trail are bordered by steep drop-offs with no intervening rims or railings. The trailhead is located on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, across the street from the Zion Lodge.

Additional Information

Interpretive Programs: During the summer season, rangers offer a variety of interpretive programs. Interpretive walks are offered on the accessible trails. Programs are also offered at the Zion Lodge, the campground amphitheaters, and at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. These sites have designated parking and concrete paths leading to the seating areas. Programs are offered less frequently in spring, fall, and winter. A current listing of interpretive programs is posted at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and on bulletin boards throughout the park.

Guide dogs are permitted on a leash anywhere in the park including on the trails, in the buildings, and in the backcountry.

Elevations along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway range from 4,000 feet (1,201 m) at the South Entrance to 5,700 feet (1,712 m) at the East Entrance. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is at 4,000 feet (1,201 m). At 4,400 feet (1,321 m), the Temple of Sinawava is the highest point along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The Kolob Canyons Visitor Center is at 5,050 feet (1,517 m). The overlook at the end of the Kolob Canyons Scenic Drive is the highest point on the drive at 6,300 feet (1,892 m).


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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