Our jeep tours enter the back-country in the areas surrounding Zion National Park, offering views toward the park, and of the many nearby scenic formations. We also take tours onto large scenic plateaus within visible distance of Bryce Canyon National Park.
About Zion National Park:
Zion National Park has been rated as America’s #1 national park. The monoliths of Zion National Park tower thousands of feet above the canyon floor. The Virgin River flows through narrow sandstone slot canyons along the canyon floor, and walking / hiking trails lead to lush hanging gardens and magnificent canyon views. The Mormon pioneers who settled this region called this majestic area Zion. Zion National Park celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009. Zion is the oldest and most visited of Utah’s five national parks, and offers more than 70 miles of trails. There area also 37 miles of paved roads traversing 147,000 acres of canyon wilderness. In Zion National Park you’ll find some famous and frequently visited landmarks such as; Checkerboard Mesa, Court of the Patriarchs, Weeping Rock, Angels Landing, the Narrows, East and West Temples, and the Great White Throne which is one of the largest monoliths in the world. Visitors to the Fingers of Kolob, in the northwest section of the park, will experience extraordinary scenery and back-country hiking.
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While scenic highway 9 through the park, is open year-round, Zion National Park visitors are required to travel, in the main canyon, by shuttle bus during peak tourist season (April through October). Private vehicles are permitted in the main canyon during off-season. The free shuttle is accessed at many stops in Springdale, and runs along the six-mile Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, stopping at all major trail heads and landmarks. Guests that are staying at Zion Lodge, during peak season, may drive their private vehicles as far as the lodge.
A Zion Map & Guide (free) is available at park entrances and at the visitor centers. Bicycles are permitted on established roads and on the Pa’rus Trail.
In-Park Lodging / Campgrounds:
Lodging within Zion National Park includes the Zion Lodge and two campgrounds. Both campgrounds are open year-round and offer tent, trailer, and RV sites. The South Campground is first come, first served.Leashed pets are permitted at both campgrounds. Shower and laundry services, groceries, and gas are available in nearby Springdale. Zion Lodge offers six suites, 40 historic cabins, and 81 standard motel rooms. Zion Lodge is in high demand so reservations should be made well in advance. Other amenities include the Red Rock Grill dining room (open year-round), the seasonal Castle Dome Café, and a gift shop. There are no gas stations inside the park.
Lodging outside the park:
Additional lodging, shopping, fuel and other services are available in the nearby communities of Springdale, East Zion, Mount Carmel Junction, Kanab, and St. George.
Permits / Fees:
As of 2010 – these are the rates.
Single Person: $12 for seven days (by foot, bicycle, or motorcycle):
Single Vehicle: $25 for seven days
Annual Pass: $50, valid for one year from month of purchase
Annual Pass (All Parks): $80, valid for one year from month of purchase.
Back-country access: Permits are required for all overnight back-country camping and for back-country hiking. $5 for up to twelve people.
Tunnel Escort Fee: There is a $10 escort fee for over-size vehicles traveling through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel.