Zion means "promised land," which is the perfect way to describe Zion National Park's peaceful yet dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs.see more »
Zion National Park
The Promised Land
The soaring towers and massive monoliths of Zion offer a spectacular grandeur. Recently celebrating its 101st year as a national park, it is also Utah's most popular park, welcoming nearly 2.6 million visitors in 2010. A multi-passenger shuttle system is the only motorized transportation allowed in the main canyon during peak season. The open-air shuttles allow visitors to enjoy Zion's lofty formations such as the Great White Throne, Angels Landing, and Weeping Rock. It also includes a "town loop" that stops in the town of Springdale at the park's south entrance. Visitors can still use private vehicles to tour the park on Utah Hwy 9, but over-sized vehicles are subject to restrictions and a fee charged for escort through a mountain tunnel. There are numerous easy, self-guided trails in Zion, including Gateway to the Narrows, which is suitable for strollers and wheelchairs with assistance. More adventurous or strenuous hikes are also found in the park such as The Subway, Angels Landing, and The Narrows. Two entrances to Zion are 33 miles east of I-15 or 12 miles west of US 89, both on Utah Hwy 9. The northern Kolob Canyons section is accessible off I-15, 18 miles south of Cedar City. Visitor centers, campgrounds, and the historic Zion Lodge are open year-round.