The desert is home to many National Parks due to the interesting and beautiful rock structures that are formed, as well as weather is typically very permitting any time of the year. Utah is a major contributor to these parks, as well as many of the parks on the Grand Circle. Zion National Park is one of the highest rated parks in the nation, and for very good reason, it is an extremely well kept and informational park.
Zion National Park offers a very unique display of both plants and animals, along with huge cliffs to climb and hike with rewarding views that will leave you in awe of the earth’s natural beauty. Utah’s typically clear blue skies only add to the effect at Zion, and doesn’t leave a whole lot else to be desired.
Camping at Zion National Park
Camping and Hiking are the two main attraction for visitors of Zion. There are three different campgrounds offered at Zion National Park, Lava Point, Watchman, and South Campground. Lava Point is a primitive campground with only 6 campsites that are first-come, first-served. There is no fee for camping at Lava Point.
The South Campground offers 127 different campsites at $16 per night per site. Watchman Campground offers 162 regular campsites, 2 wheelchair accessible campsites, and 7 group campsites. Reservations are available at Watchman from March through early November, and highly recommended during the summer months as the campsites are often full every night. Campsites for tents only cost $16 per night, per site, sites with electric hookups are $18 per night. 69 of the campsites are tent only, and 95 have electric hookups available.
Zion National Park Visitor Centers and Museums
All of the visitor centers and activity buildings are open year round at Zion, with the exception of the Zion Nature Center and the Human History Museum
Zion Canyon Visitor Center: Open from 8 AM – 5 PM during October 13th – April 20th, hours extend to 6 PM during April 21st – May 24th and September 3rd – October 12th. Hour extended further until 7:30 PM during May 25th – September 2nd. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center offers several different exhibits and informational brochures about the park’s history and activities to take part in around the area. This center is closed on Christmas Day.
Zion Human History Museum: Open from 10 AM – 5 PM all year long except from December 2nd until March 1st it will be closed. Guests can get a firsthand look at some of Zion’s greatest historical artifacts, as well as learn quite a bit about the park itself.
Zion Nature Center: The Zion Nature Center is open from September 3rd until May 24th, and is closed the rest of the year. The hours of operation are from Noon – 5 PM.
What is the cost to enter Zion National Park?
Entrance to Zion National Park is granted by purchase of either an annual, lifetime, or a seven day pass. Guests travelling in a private non-commercial vehicle may purchase a pass for themselves and all passengers for $25. Individual guests on foot, bicycle, or motorcycle can purchase an individual pass for $12 that is valid for seven days.
Annual passes can be purchased for $50, and will grant access to the park for non-commercial vehicles up to a year. Lifetime passes are available for senior citizens age 62 and over for just $10, those with permanent disabilities can receive a free Interagency Access Lifetime pass. Please note that none of these passes waive any additional fees for camping or tours that may be required.