What to See and Do in Zion National Park

Zion Canyon in Zion National Park is one of the prettiest places on the planet. Giant sandstone cliffs, beautiful canyons and the virgin river, all make for one of the most scenic wonders.

Zion Canyon Visitor Center

Located just inside the South Entrance of the park near Springdale, the Zion Canyon Visitor Center is open every day of the year, with longer hours from May through September. Fall hours are 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Zion Canyon Visitor Center Holiday Hours


New Year's Day

January 1, 2024

8:00 AM–7:00 PM

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 2024

8:00 AM–7:00 PM

Washington's Birthday

February 19, 2024

8:00 AM–7:00 PM

Memorial Day

May 27, 2024

8:00 AM–7:00 PM

Juneteenth National Independence Day

June 19, 2024

8:00 AM–7:00 PM

Independence Day

July 4, 2024

8:00 AM–7:00 PM

Labor Day

September 2, 2024

8:00 AM–7:00 PM

Columbus Day

October 14, 2024

8:00 AM–7:00 PM

Veterans Day

November 11, 2023

8:00 AM–7:00 PM

Thanksgiving Day

November 23, 2023

8:00 AM–7:00 PM

Christmas Day

December 25, 2023

8:00 AM–7:00 PM

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Kolob Canyon Visitor Center

Located at the West Entrance of the park, off exit 40 from I-15. To contact the visitor center, call (435)772-3256.

This visitor center is open daily during the following hours:

  • Spring: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Summer: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Fall: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Winter: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
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Photo credit: "Museum, Zion NP 5-14", by Don Graham, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Located one-half mile north of the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at the park's South Entrance, the museum is open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily with longer summer hours. It is closed November through February. Permanent and temporary exhibits display the history of Zion National Park. A 22-minute video plays every half hour to allow visitors to get a quick overview of the park.

2023 Hours for All Attractions

Updated September 18, 2023

Zion Canyon Visitor Center
Information Desk

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Zion Forever Park Store

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Zion Canyon Wilderness Desk

Allow at least 20 minutes to get a permit

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Zion Human History Museum

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Zion Nature Center
Junior Ranger Station

Closed for the season

Kolob Canyons Visitor Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kolob Canyons Wilderness Desk

Allow at least 20 minutes to get a permit

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel
Oversize vehicle hours. Learn more online

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Best Hikes in Zion National Park

If Mama Zion put out a greatest hikes album, there are a few trails that would definitely make Side A. Read on for the must-see hikes of the season (or any season, really).

Our favorites

  • Angels Landing: The concept for this hike was obviously born in a simpler, less litigious time, when scaling sheer cliffs with the aid of only a chain bolted into rock was considered top-form family fun. Your belly might drop to your toes on the ascent, but the view from the top (and the adrenaline shot) will make everything worth it. “Scared? Who, me?” you’ll lie, after you get back down.
  • Observation Point: Take those Angels Landing braggarts down a notch by hoofing it up the eight-mile trail to the iconic summit of Observation Point. Aptly named, the view takes in 270 degrees of the canyon, from the white cliffs and hideaways of Echo Canyon to Angels Landing, which is directly beneath you in every sense of the word.
  • Emerald Pools: See the park’s jewel collection with a trip to the Emerald Pools, a series of desert oases separated by lush vegetation, waterfalls and red rock monoliths. The trip to the first pool is quick and easy — great for kids, people in wheelchairs or the elderly.

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Tours & Guides in Zion

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