Last Updated – Monday, July 13, 2020
Springdale Requires Face Coverings/Masks
If visiting Zion National Park, please be aware that the Town of Springdale, at Zion’s entrance, requires face coverings within the town, retail and commercial establishments, restaurants while waiting to be seated and served, and at community gatherings.
Zion National Park Scenic Drive Shuttle Information
- Ticket price is $1 per passenger (for those age 3 and above) and is NOT included in your entrance fees or passes.
- Tickets can ONLY be purchased online at recreation.gov, through the mobile app or by calling (877) 444-6777. There will be NO in-person ticket sales at the park.
- Tickets are nonrefundable.
- You must select a desired time to ride when purchasing shuttle tickets. Arriving early in the hour of your allotted board time will help to ensure your space on the shuttle. Do not get in line before your reserved board time.
- Tickets are only valid for the day/time that is printed on the ticket.
- If you wish to visit the park for multiple days, you must purchase separate tickets for each day in the park. Up to 8 tickets per recreation.gov account can be purchased per day.
- Tickets for the month of July will go on sale at 9 a.m. MDT on June 30. Tickets for August will be released on July 16. Tickets are also available one day in advance at 9 a.m. MDT on a rolling daily window. Example: On July 1, tickets will be available for July 2; on July 2 tickets will be available for July 3.
- Tickets must be printed or downloaded and presented to shuttle drivers to board shuttles.
- Shuttles will aim to depart the Zion Canyon Visitor Center every five minutes from 6 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily.
- Tickets must be presented to shuttle drivers every time you wish to board the shuttle so, hold onto your ticket during your entire visit in the park.
- When Zion Park Shuttles are operating, NO PRIVATE VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE SCENIC CANYON DRIVE.
- Tickets do not guarantee parking will be available at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, especially for the boarding times later in the day. Paid parking options are available in Springdale. Please plan accordingly and allow time to walk from your parking spot to the Visitor Center shuttle stop. Park only in designated spaces in Zion National Park and Springdale.
- If tickets are sold out, consider exploring other areas of the park, renting a bike or e-bike, or contacting one of the authorized private shuttle companies below.
Zion National Park will re-evaluate the need for the ticketed system, based on emerging conditions and public health guidance, after December 2020.
For more information on the Zion Canyon Shuttle Tickets, visit the Park’s F.A.Q. page.
Zion National Park will welcome visitors within these restrictions:
- Open daylight hours only, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Zion Canyon trails open, except those previously closed for safety or construction reasons, such as Weeping Rock.
- Backcountry trails (other than those in the closed Kolob Canyons) are open for day use only.
- Zion Forever Park Store is open
- Watchman campground opens (reservation required)
- Zion Lodge open with limited services.
- Canyon Trail (horse) Rides operational.
The following services and activities remain closed:
- Kolob Canyon Area
- Visitor Center and all campgrounds (Except Watchman)
- Angels Landing chain section (West Rim Trail past Scouts Lookout will be open for day hiking)
- Wilderness and recreation permits
- Climbing and canyoneering
- Overnight backpacking/backcountry camping
All visitors are asked to adhere to CDC and Utah State COVID-19 guidelines.
Please utilize this map and info sheet (previewed below) and for more information regarding Zion Park shuttles along with the most up-to-date info on the park, please check the Zion National Park website.
Water Health and Safety Alert
A harmful cyanobacteria has been found in the North Fork of the Virgin River, which runs through Zion National Park. The popular Narrows hike remains open, but visitors to Zion National Park are advised not to swim or submerge themselves in the river and to keep pets out. Visit the Park’s alerts page for more info and guidelines.
Find Your Space
Our travel businesses and recreation spaces are beginning to open up again. Time apart has taught us. We’ve learned new ways to help, we’ve acted with caution. Now that we are moving again, let’s move with a renewed sense of care and responsibility. Care for yourself. Care for others. And care for the beautiful spaces we cherish. In our rush to recover, let’s not forget what was discovered when we found our space.
COVID-19 Traveler Information
We are seeing that visitors want to continue to pursue their passions in Greater Zion. However, it’s personal decision whether or not to travel.
We continue to keep our eye on resources emerging from travel and health authorities, and encourage you to do the same:
Greater Zion seeks to support our visitors with their travel decisions and offer the following resources to provide the most timely and accurate information possible, including travel recommendations and events happening in the area.
State and local public health agencies, the Utah Office of Tourism and our office are closely monitoring the continuously developing situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our focus continues to be on the health and safety of our communities, visitors, staff and friends around the world.
- State of Utah’s Coronavirus Updates
- Utah Office of Tourism’s COVID-19 Traveler Information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease Information for Travel
- American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Facts About Coronavirus
- Latest travel advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. State Department.
Do Your Part
As we begin to reopen the economy, we encourage ALL businesses and customers to #DoYourPart to keep our Greater Zion communities safe. Take precautions to keep the spread of COVID-19 low. It will take EACH OF US to keep our communities healthy and our businesses open.
If a business asks to take your temperature before entering, to wear a face mask for take other precautionary measures, please know that they are doing what they feel is best to keep ALL customers safe. If you disagree with their requests, please be respectful and know that we are ALL just trying to survive and get through this. We ask that you be respectful of others. Be aware of vulnerable populations and continue to practice social distancing. Wear a mask while out in public. Please refrain from shaking hands and wash your hands regularly! Check for symptoms.
Outdoor recreation is important to the health and wellness of those who live here, as well as visitors. We all play a part in keeping one another safe. While outdoors, we cannot relax our efforts to practice safe social distancing and #ResponsibleRecreation. Visitors are encouraged to:
- Check park conditions online and individual state park social media accounts. Extensive wait times, closures, and other updates will be posted there.
- Choose to visit a state park during a weekday, or during non-peak hours whenever possible. Visit parks that are close to home.
- Practice safe social distancing. Give others at least six-feet of separation on trails, golf courses, fishing docks, overlooks, and other gathering areas.
- Avoid congregating at trailheads and other common areas, and maintain small group sizes.
- Stay home if you’re sick, or have symptoms of the coronavirus.
- Keep parks and recreation areas clean by packing out what you pack in, and respect facility closures like visitor centers, campgrounds, and restrooms.
- Visitors can also prepay for day use at select state parks.
All four State Parks within Greater Zion are now open. However, due to COVID-19 concerns and increases in visitation, some parks have implemented specific restrictions, including camping. Please visit each park’s website (Gunlock, Quail Creek, Sand Hollow and Snow Canyon) for the most up-to-date information.
Attractions and Businesses
Some businesses and attractions in Greater Zion have temporarily closed in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Stay up to date with this continuously updated list of area closures.
Some restaurants across Greater Zion are embarking on soft openings, while keeping with the Utah Department of Health Order. Curbside, drive-through, pick-up, and delivery options remain as options in the majority of establishments. We encourage visitors to Greater Zion to check with dining establishments via phone, their social media pages, or websites to learn of their offerings during this time.
BLM Temporarily Closes Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area Campground
The BLM Arizona Strip Field Office has temporarily closed the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area campground in order to complete necessary renovations of the restrooms and other infrastructure to ensure the health and safety of visitors.
Once renovations are complete, the BLM will notify the public of the reopening of the campground through its website and notice to media outlets. We anticipate the renovations will be complete by January 2020.
This temporary closure does not apply to contractors, law enforcement, or other agency personnel overseeing renovations or other activities. The site and facilities will continue to be patrolled by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office as well as BLM law enforcement and staff throughout the duration of the closure to ensure the health and safety of the public.
For additional information, please contact the Arizona Strip Field Office at 435-688-3200.