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More than 2 million people visit Zion Canyon each year. To eliminate traffic and parking problems, and to restore tranquility to the park, the shuttle system was established. Riding the shuttle is free and fun, it's a great way of moving between the sights of Zion Canyon. (No pets are allowed in the bus).

Shuttles operate from late March till late October, and private cars are not allowed to drive through Zion Canyon during the season (other roads of the park remain open to private vehicles). Shuttles operate daily begining at about 6:30 a.m. until approximately 9:30 p.m. The intervals between the buses vary between 30 min to every 6-8 minutes during the busy times of the day.

A complete round trip along Zion Canyon will take a minimum of 90, but you can get on and off as often as you like, to take pictures and enjoy the views. For a day trip on the shuttle, take with you water, snacks, sunscreen and/or sunglasses, wear good walking shoes, and don't forget your camera!

Shuttle bus stops:

  • Zion Canyon Visitor Center
  • Zion Museum
  • Canyon Junction
  • Court of the Patriarchs
  • Zion Lodge
  • The Grotto
  • Weeping Rock
  • Big Bend
  • Temple of Sinawava
Entrance Fees
All passes can be obtained at the entrance stations:
  • Entrance $20 per vehicle, good for 7 days at Zion National Park only.
  • Individual $10 per person, not to exceed $20 per family, good for 7 days at Zion National Park only.
  • Annual Pass $40, good for one year at Zion National Park only.
  • National Parks $50, good for entrance for one year to all units of the National Park System.
  • Golden Eagle $65, good for entrance for one year in all federal fee areas.
  • Golden Age $10 lifetime pass for US citizens 62 or older.
  • Golden Access Free lifetime pass for US citizens who are permanently disabled.
Tunnel limitations
The Zion - Mt. Carmel tunnel is between the East Entrance to the park and Zion Canyon. Vehicles 7'10" (2.4m) wide or 11'4" (3.4m) high, or larger, are required to have escort through the tunnel. (Nearly all RV's, buses, trailers, 5th wheels, boats, and some camper shells will require an escort.) The escort fee is $10 per vehicle, in addition to the entrance fee. You will not actually follow an escort: instead, the oncoming traffic will be stopped, allowing you to drive in the middle of the tunnel.

Vehicles over 13'1" tall, semitrucks, vehicles weighting more than 50,000 lbs (approximately 25 ton), long vehicles (over 40 feet), bicycles and pedestrians are prohibited in the tunnel.

There are picinic areas at The Grotto, near Zion Nature Center, at Lava Point, and at Kolob Canyons viewpoint. All picnic areas have tables. Drinking water and fire grates are available at The Grotto.
Pets must be under physical control on a leash no longer than six feet (2 m) at all times. They are not allowed on thrails, in the backcountry, in public buildings, or on the shuttle. Pets may be walked on the Pa'rus trail, but please be courteous to walkers and bicycle riders. Boarding kennels are available in Rockville, Kanab, St. George, and Cedar City.
Fires are permitted only in the fire pits provided at campgrounds and some picnic areas. Bring or purchase your own wood; collecting wood is not permitted in the park. Where permitted, keep fires small and under control, never leave a fire unattended. When leaving, make sure fires are dead out. Fires are not permitted in the backcountry at any time; use a stove to cook.
Bicycles are permitted only on the established roads and on the Pa'rus trail. They are not allowed on hiking trails or off-road. Riding through the Zion-Mt.Carmel tunnel is prohibited.
Climbing on Zion's sandstone requires appropriate hardware and techniques. Climbing and rapelling are prohibited on the cliffs above Middle and Lower Emerald pools and Weeping Rock. A $5 permit is required for overnight climbs.
Horseback riding
Guided trips are available Canyon Trail Rides, March through October. Reservations are advised.
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