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Zion N.P.
Travel Planning
Zion N.P.

Zion National Park at a Glance

Every iconic land feature of the American Southwest can be seen and savored in Zion National Park. Canyons to buttes, mesas to mountains, natural arches and even imposing monoliths make a visit to the 229-square-mile park a trip to remember.

At 15 miles long and half a mile deep, the park’s namesake Zion Canyon is a highlight of any visit to this Utah landmark. The park’s singular location at the convergence of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert impart not only unique land features, but abundant and diverse flora and fauna as well.

Officially designated a national park in 1918, today Zion draws campers, horseback riders, rock climbers, hikers and picnickers who find adventure, excitement, relaxation and spiritual renewal among its red sandstone features.

What to Expect
High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Salt Lake City International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

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      7,470 miles
      Estimated Drive Time
      136 hour(s)
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Zion receives snow during the winter months and part of the park closes down. July and August are considered monsoon season and frequent rainstorms occur. Be careful of flash floods during heavy rains.

      Safety Hazards: Zion has limited crime problems. Protect yourself nonetheless by keeping valuables out of sight and well protected.

      Health Hazards Zion has marked potable water, but in the backcountry you will need to purify your own water. During the summer, temperatures can rise higher than 100 degrees. Travelers need to have adequate sunscreen, water and clothes to handle the heat and sun.