Zion National Park
|The view from Angel's Landing, Zion National Park (Nathan Borchelt)|
Distance from neighboring parks: About 90 miles southwest of Bryce Canyon; 120 miles northwest of Grand Canyon in northern Arizona; about 160 miles northeast of Las Vegas; about 200 miles southwest of Capitol Reef National Park.
There are two visitor centers: The main info hub (435-772-3256) has a museum and rangers available for questions and concerns. It is located by the south entrance. The other is Kolob Canyons Visitor Center, 435-586-9548, in the northwest corner.
The Visitor Center at Kolob Canyons is accessible via Exit 40 from I-15. 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. The closest airport is in St. George, UT, 46 miles (74.1 km).
Inside the park, Zion Lodge runs a shuttle service to take hikers to trailheads for a very reasonable fee. Call 801-772-3213 for information.
From May to October temperatures range from 70 to 105 degrees F in the day and from 45 to 75 degrees F at night. Brief afternoon thunderstorms are common in July and August. Winters are mild in Zion Canyon with temperatures often exceeding 40 degrees F. Little snow falls in Zion Canyon, but snow accumulates on the plateaus. Spring and fall are ideal times to visit the park. During these seasons temperatures range from 45 degrees at night to 80 degrees in the day.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication