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The Greater Zion Visitor Center is a must for anyone interested in exploring the natural wonders of southwest Utah.

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These are some of our most frequently asked questions.

If there is something you can’t find please email or call (435) 301-7400 and we would be happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

What is there for families with children to do in your area?

Please see “5 Fun Things to Do with Your Family” for some fun family ideas. Many adventure activities – including ATVing, mountain biking, hiking, and more – are all accessible or adaptable to various ages and skill levels.

Where can I go boating / fishing in the area?

Motorized boats and fishing are allowed on Quail Creek Reservoir, Sand Hollow State Park, and Gunlock Reservoir, Enterprise Reservoir and Kolob Reservoir. Fishing (but no motorized boats) is allowed in Pine Valley Reservoir and Ivins/Fire Lake Reservoir.

There are also several urban fishing ponds in the area.

Fish UTAH has an interactive map and information on fishing across the state.

Where are the ATV trails located in your area?

ATV trails in Greater Zion are located within Sand Hollow State Park (Sand Mountain) and on open Bureau of Land Management (BLM)land.  Contact the BLM office at (435) 688-3200 for more information on these areas.

Where are the best accommodations in the area?

Visit the Accommodations page of our website and book directly with the lodging properties across Greater Zion. Another comprehensive list, our visitors guide provides a full list of accommodations including campgrounds on pages 47-53.

I am visiting Zion, would it be better to stay in St. George or Zion?

Lodging options within Zion on limited, but Springdale is the small town leading into Zion National Park. The multitude of lodging properties here are surrounded by a walkable footprint filled with boutique-type stores, good restaurants and evening entertainment at the outdoor Tanner Amphitheater.

Further options abound in surrounding gateway towns like Hurricane, La Verkin, Rockville, and Virgin.

If you’re staying longer and want a bigger town experience, St. George (surrounded by Washington, Ivins and Santa Clara, provide an easy drive to the Park, but also easy access to to shoppingrecreational activitiestheater, and dining options.

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Can I visit Bryce and Zion together in one day?

You can visit both Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park, but it makes for a long day and is not really recommended. There is so much to see and do at both parks that you will be missing out if you decide to rush your trip.

Can I drive through Zion?

Yes, Utah State Route 9 (SR-9) , which is a very picturesque drive, goes all the way through Zion National Park and is open year-round. However, vehicles over 13’1”, semi-trucks and commercial vehicles, vehicles carrying hazardous material, vehicles weighing 50,000 lbs. or more, and any vehicle of a combined length of 50’ or more are all prohibited and may not drive through Zion National Park. The Zion section of SR-9 is also known at the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, and is essentially a toll road, as it requires park entry fees.

Access to Zion National Park Scenic Drive/Canyon is a turn-off of SR-9 and is generally only accessible by shuttle bus. Learn more about these schedules on our Zion National Park information page.

I understand that through the summer months the only way to visit parts of Zion is by shuttle, is that true? Is there a charge for the shuttle? Are shuttles handicapped accessible?

Yes, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive which accesses the walking/hiking trailheads in Zion, is only accessible via the Zion Shuttle from mid-March through the end of November. During the rest of the year, it is accessible via personal transportation.

There is NO charge for using the shuttle service; it is included in your entrance fees into the park. And no reservations are needed/accepted.

All of the shuttles, which run on a seven- to 15-minute schedule, are handicapped accessible and can accommodate most scooters. Please note, however, that the only trailheads that are handicapped accessible are: the Riverwalk Walk and the Pa’rus Trail.

Learn more about Zion shuttles on our Zion National Park information page.

If I catch the shuttle in Springdale and take it into Zion, will I have to pay an entrance fee?

The Springdale shuttle, which runs through the town of Springdale is free, and will drop you off at the Zion National Park visitor area where you will catch another shuttle into Zion. Before boarding the Zion shuttle, you will need to pay a fee. Entrance fees into Zion are $35 per vehicle, $30 per motorcycle, and $20 per person for bicyclists, pedestrians, and organized groups. All entrance fees are valid for seven consecutive days.

What is the weather like?

Please visit our weather page for current and average weather.

Where can we go tubing in your area?

The only place to go tubing in the area is in Springdale on the Virgin River, but tubing is subject to water levels. See Virgin River Tubing for further resources.

Where can we camp in the area?

Pine MountainRed Cliff Reserve, Zion National Park, Kolob Reservoir, Quail Creek State Park, Sand Hollow State ParkSnow Canyon State ParkEnterprise ReservoirGunlock State Park, and Baker Reservoir, and on open BLM lands.

Please visit our campground page or our visitors guide pg. 52 for more detailed information.

Can you provide me with the Camping / RV Parks in St. George? Zion?

Please refer to page 52 of  our Visitors Guide for a comprehensive list of camping and RV locations in the area or visit our campground page

What are road and weather conditions at the North Rim and Lake Powell and going up to Bryce like?

Road conditions vary seasonably. For current road conditions within Utah, call (866) 511-8824 or go to  For Arizona road conditions, call (888)411-7623 or go to

For more information on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, contact the Kaibab Visitor Center at Jacobs Lake, AZ at (928) 6443-7298 or the Ranger Station in Fredonia, AZ at (928) 643-7395 or (800) 365-2267.

For more information on Lake Powell contact the Page, AZ Chamber of Commerce at (888) 261-7243 or (928) 645-2741 or go to their website.

Can I go to the North Rim/Lake Powell from St. George in one day and back?

Lake Powell is just under a six-hour drive; the North Rim is about three hours away from St. George. You can’t do BOTH in one day, but you can go to the North Rim and come back in one day. You can also go to Lake Powell and come back in one day, but it does make for a long day.u can also go to Lake Powell and come back in one day, but it does make for a long day.

We’re having a family reunion can you recommend a resort in your area to host it at?

The cabins at Zion National Park Lodge would be nice for a reunion event. There are also many nice hotels in the area that could accommodate reunions and smaller events.

We’d like some place with cabins, where can we stay that would have cabins?

Where can I river raft, canoe, or ride the rapids in your area?

While we have many other water activities in this area, our local rivers and waterways do not accommodate these types of water recreation. For other water activities try boating & jet skiingkayakingscuba divingtubing, wakeboarding, and water skiing.

Area outfitters (listed at the bottom of each of the linked pages) provide rentals and equipment for most of these activities.

What transportation service is available to Zion from St. George?

Please refer to our Getting around Greater Zion page.

I’m coming to St. George without a car, what transportation is available to get around town and see the sights?

What kind of night life is available in St. George?

Check our Events Calendar for a complete list of offerings while you’re visiting.

Local LIVE theaters offer a showcase of musicals, live music, plays, and concerts.

Downtown bars, a brewery, and restaurants serve up adult beverages often alongside live music.

Movie theaters, restaurants, and bowling alleys provide traditional fun.

Take in a nighttime activity like star gazing in the designated dark-sky areas or make your own fun with a night-time hike.

Is there horseback riding in your area?

Yes, please refer to our Horseback Riding page.

Where can I purchase alcohol?

Many local restaurants serve beer and wine, there are some restaurants with bars, and a handful of local pubs/breweries

All liquor, wine, and beers with an ABV above 5% must be purchased from a Utah state liquor store or a package agency. State liquor stores accept cash, check, and credit cards, and are closed on Sundays and holidays.

Beers, with a 4% ABV or lower, in bottles or cans, may be purchased at most grocery and convenience stores in Utah. Breweries, wineries, and distilleries may also offer their products in bottles or cans for onsite purchase.

Where can I purchase alcohol?

Liquor, wine, and beer are available by the glass at licensed restaurants and bars. Wine and beer may also be available by the bottle in these establishments. A few establishments may be licensed for only offer wine and beer. Beer may also be purchased at places that have a beer-only type license, such as breweries, beer bars, taverns, small restaurants, cafes, snack bars, etc.

At a restaurant, as defined by Utah state law, you are required to order food with your alcoholic drink, even if you are seated at the bar. Someone under the age of 21 may not be allowed into the bar area of a restaurant. Sales of liquor, wine, malt beverages, and heavy beer (over 3.2% by weight) are available between 11:30 a.m. and midnight; beer at 3.2% or lower is available until 1 a.m.

At a bar and beer-only establishment, only persons age 21 or older are allowed to enter. Frequently both bar and table service are available. You are not required to purchased food at a bar or tavern. Hours of service are 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Can I fly into St. George?

Yes, the St. George Regional Airport offers daily flights from Salt Lake, Denver, Dallas and Phoenix. These connections make getting to Greater Zion easy from almost anywhere on Delta, United or American

Is there an airport shuttle to St. George from either the Las Vegas airport or the Salt Lake City Airport?

Yes, the following shuttle services run to Greater Zion from LAS and SLC airports:

  • St. George Shuttle – (435) 628-8320 / (800) 933-8320
  • Salt Lake Express – (435) 652-1100

Advanced reservations are recommended.