Zion National Park
Due to unusual amounts of precipitation in the area, Zion National Park is experiencing some limited closures. Stay tuned here and to their alerts page for the latest visitor information. The park is still accessible, but also consider activities beyond the park. See below for “Hidden Gems & Zion Alternatives.”
The Upper Emerald Pools Trail, Hidden Canyon, and Observation Point (from Weeping Rock) are closed due to rockfall and storm damage. The Kayenta trail is closed after 0.8 miles. Angels Landing will be closed for trail repairs on Aug. 20 and 21.
The St. George Regional Airport (SGU) will be closed for runway improvements May 29 to September 25, 2019.
St. George and the surrounding region are still easily accessible through other transportation options. Flying into McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas offers a scenic, easy, two-hour drive north on I-15. The Cedar City Municipal Airport, approximately 50 minutes to the north via I-15, will offer additional connections through Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) also provides an alternative four hours north of St. George.
Shuttle services, St. George Shuttle and St. George Express, offer service to/from the Las Vegas and Salt Lake City airports to St. George. Charter helicopter transportation is also available through Zion Helicopters to and from Las Vegas and Cedar City to the St. George and the Hurricane Airports.
The SGU airport will resume flights on September 26 with daily flights in and out via United Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines, and seasonal travel via Allegiant. The airport offers daily non-stop flights to and from key hubs such as Salt Lake City, Denver, Phoenix and Los Angeles.
BLM Temporarily Closes Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area Campground
The Bureau of Land Management Arizona Strip Field Office will close the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area Campground beginning Monday, April 8, 2019, in order to complete needed renovations of the restrooms and other infrastructure to ensure the health and safety of visitors.
While all restrooms within the campground are currently open, electricity to the restrooms on the upper loop has been disconnected, with solar lighting being used for nighttime use of the facilities until the closure takes effect.
The closure coincides with the warmer summer months when visitation to the site begins to decline. The area is expected to reopen August 31, 2019.