A $30 entrance fee is required for all private vehicles entering the park that is good for seven days; the America the Beautiful pass may be purchased for $80 that waives entrance fees for all federal lands for one year. Motorcycles, individuals on foot, and bicyclists are charged a $15 entrance fee. Private vehicles which only visit Kolob Canyons still need to pay the $25 entrance fee (good for the whole park).
Located near the south entrance and the main access to the Zion Canyon Shuttle. There's some interesting exhibits to help further plan your visit, like topographical models of the park and video screens. Rangers are on hand to answer all your questions. There's also a nice bookstore.
* Exhibits about human activity in the park and an orientation film shown every half-hour. The Zion Canyon Shuttle stops here from April through October.
* Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The 6-mile road through Zion Canyon leads past some of the most fantastic rock formations in the world, with colorful sandstone cliffs rising 2,000 to 3,000 feet from the canyon floor. The seemingly mild Virgin River has almost single handedly created this canyon over a period of 13 million years, with much of the work happening during periods of intense flash flooding.
* The Narrows. This hike is accessible from Zion Canyon, but the full hike begins on the east side of Zion and ends in Zion Canyon. The Narrows is an extremely popular off-trail hike. The route follows the North Fork of the Virgin River, along the floor of a narrow canyon with impossibly high walls. This trek is one of the park's most amazing destinations. The full hike is a 16-mile one-way trip. The Narrows may close at times due to high waters or flash-flood danger. Wading will be required, so wear footwear and leg coverings that can get wet. The river flows right up to the canyon walls for much of the hike, so you can't avoid wading. Sturdy hiking poles will help navigate the river.
* Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. A 14-mile road connects the east and south entrances. One of the highlights of the drive is a 1.1-mile long tunnel, the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, that was completed in 1930. East of the tunnel is Checkerboard Mesa, a sandstone mountain that is etched with fantastic cross-bedding of lines and shapes, made through the forces of erosion. The surrounding slickrock area is full of similarly amazing rock formations.
* Kolob Canyons. Located in the parks northwestern corner, Kolob Canyons is a less-crowded area of the park that contains beautiful red-rock canyons, incredible overlooks, and lush scenery. The Kolob Canyons Visitor Center is located at the entrance to Kolob Canyons, just off of Interstate 15.
* Kolob Terrace. To get to this remote and beautiful area turn off SR-9 at at the small town Virgin at the signed road. Follow the Kolob Reservoir Road for 21-miles to the park boundary at Lava Point.
Offers a comprehensive gift shop with a variety of Zion related items.
* Offers a comprehensive bookstore stocking a large variety of Zion related things including books of local interest, postcards, prints, film, posters, video, clothing, maps and other souvenir items. Camping supplies, groceries, and other necessities must be purchased outside of the park.
* The museum also carries a few books, postcards, maps and other items of interests to park visitors.
Nearby [[Springdale (Utah)|Springdale[/url]] (outside the south entrance to the park) offers a large variety of gift shops, two small grocery stores, candy and specialty shops, most within walking distance of each other. On the east side of the park, [wiki=ba94e506429cf23bde1a882085f22c49]Mount Carmel Junction[/wiki] is more rustic, but there are some quality gift shops and a small gift and grocery store right outside the entrance to Zion.
The only food sold within the park is located at the beautiful Zion Lodge.
* Offers sit-down meals and gorgeous views while dining. The decor is charming and the wonderful rock waterfall is serene to listen to while eating. The food is American with a home-style flair. You will usually find fish, beef, burgers, sandwiches, salads and pasta on the menu. There is a salad bar at dinner and some nice desserts. The dining room is open for breakfast and lunch and reservations are required for dinner.
* This seasonal cafe has grab-and-go food such as coffee, rolls, burgers, fries, hot dogs and ice cream cones.
There are dining options at both entrances of the park. Both sides of the park refrain from building any fast food chains, but they do offer unique and tasty dining option. [wiki=edc5aa558a0531a1dbe21b61e79c4262]Springdale[/wiki] offers a nice selection of restaurants including pizza, oriental, American and Mexican food. There are also some good options on the east side of the park in and near [wiki=ba94e506429cf23bde1a882085f22c49]Mount Carmel Junction[/wiki]. Buffalo seems to be a popular dish on the east side, and most of the food is American served with a western flair.
Offers full liquor service. Utah State law requires you to order food when drinking.
* This hotel in nearby [wiki=edc5aa558a0531a1dbe21b61e79c4262]Springdale[/wiki] maintains a Utah state liquor store.
All water in Zion National Park should be treated by filtering or purifying before use. The Giardia parasite, which can cause a nasty and persistent gastrointestinal disturbance, is common in the water here. There is potable water available at the visitor center, museum, Grotto, and the campgrounds in the park.
Weather conditions are posted at the visitor center, but flash floods can occur in the park without warning. The danger is not limited to just hiking in slot canyons. People have been washed off trails to their deaths during flash floods. Although it's gorgeous when the rain pours, it's not a safe time to be on the trails. Flood waters originate upstream, so a flood may occur when the weather does not seem bad overhead. If hiking in a narrow canyon and the water begins to rise even slightly or get muddy, begin looking for higher ground.
Remember to be careful of steep cliffs; people have died falling when they venture too close to the edge. Loose sand and pebbles on stone are extremely slippery. Be extra careful near the edge when using cameras or binoculars. Never throw or roll rocks; there may be hikers below. Stay on the trail, stay away from the edge, observe posted warnings, and if you have children with you, watch them carefully!
Towns outside of the park offering amenities include:
* [wiki=edc5aa558a0531a1dbe21b61e79c4262]Springdale[/wiki] - Outside of the park's south entrance.
* [wiki=ba94e506429cf23bde1a882085f22c49]Mount Carmel Junction[/wiki] - Outside of the park's east entrance.
* [wiki=f62f2c9f53228f6449ae9d0d964d6342]LaVerkin[/wiki] - 24 miles west of the park's south entrance.
* [wiki=66f798d0b58505fd3c498301932f45b6]Hurricane[/wiki] - 29 miles west of the park's south entrance.
* [wiki=8138c1ef550180bc5017f1ec0f1eeeaa]Kanab[/wiki] - 29 miles from Zion's east entrance.
* [wiki=01c186e7768550bb56442634b5328737]St. George[/wiki] - 45 miles west of Zion's south entrance.
Zion National Park lies near the [wiki=33f51d0e1f2c3d30006757a125f29fd7]Canyon Country[/wiki] region of Utah. Other nearby parks are:
* [wiki=89a4e0dd1cd891c418c02c54f2472be2]Bryce Canyon National Park[/wiki] - Bryce Canyon National Park is located 72-miles from the east entrance (60 miles from [Mount Carmel Junction]] and offers a colorful landscape of eroded orange and yellow pillars set amongst a natural amphitheater.
* [wiki=dfa995b83e7e0e2a8a9b05077fcb05c8]Cedar Breaks National Monument[/wiki] - A spectacular National Monument located off SR-14.
* [wiki=680c5980a74c56d20ae8127c525c452b]Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park[/wiki] - A fun state park on the east side of Zion, 11-miles from [wiki=ba94e506429cf23bde1a882085f22c49]Mount Carmel Junction[/wiki]. Views of Zion from the dunes are wonderful.
* [wiki=e34460f1473cd3eec9c065d6cd1117e2]Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument[/wiki] - Rustic and wild, the White Cliffs of the Grand Staircase loom in the distance from many of Zion's hiking routes.
In addition, other nearby destinations include:
* [wiki=05c27bf00932572de28bf65a0539ba97]Las Vegas[/wiki] - 150 miles west of the south entrance of the park along Interstate 15. Sin City generally needs no introduction, but for those not interested in gambling it can make a great meal stop, especially after a week or more of backpacking in the wilderness.
* Gooseberry Mountain Biking - Excellent slick rock trails located near Zion National Park to the southwest, east of Hurricane.
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