Zion National Park Scenic Drive

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Zion National Park Scenic Drive is a 12.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Virgin, Utah that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
12.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1397 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

scenic driving

river

views

Short drive along the canyon floor. Open year around but can have closings or hazardous conditions in the off season from November through March, when the route is open to all vehicles. During the peak season it is accessible only by the Zion Canyon Shuttle service and guests of Zion Lodge. The narrow and deep canyon with its sheer walls is the highlight of the drive. Be prepared for hazardous driving conditions during and immediately following storms. Icy spots remain through the winter. Route 9, which traverses the park from east to west, is open year-round to private vehicles.

mountain biking
25 days ago

To best experience Scenic Drive bring your bike (mountain or road) or rent one at the Lodge.

For an easy ride take the shuttle all the way up canyon to the Temple of Sinawava and bike down canyon (lots of down hill stretches.) Or (if you have the legs) you can bike both up canyon & down. And, of course, you can get on/off the shuttle at any designated stop.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Visited Zion in April of 89 and this drive should be on everyone's list of things to do. It is an incredible canyon and the views up and down are well worth the drive here. The tunnel coming in from the east is pretty cool too. It has a few windows cut thru the side, and you can see the canyon from the tunnel.

scenic driving
4 months ago

Both visits to Zion have been in May, so it has been the scenic shuttle for us...and a lot of wonderful walking and hiking. We did get to drive in and park at the Lodge on the first trip since we stayed there. Nothing like waking up and sitting on your cabin porch, staring up at the first light on the canyon walls before you start your amazing day!

5 months ago

Amazing beautiful drive going from Zion to Bryce Canyon. We saw sheep and tons of deer. You have to pay the $30 at both Zion and Bryce, but that is good for 7 days. Welll worth it!

scenic driving
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Canyoneering at Lambs Knoll

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

beautiful hike

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing scenery. The Narrows hike is a must!!

8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Easily one of my favorite parks, lots of people but not crowded

9 months ago

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

scenic driving
11 months ago

Return visit to the park. Hard to top anywhere. Just plan ahead. insanely busy so planning is necessary to maximize your visit.

hiking
11 months ago

Angels landing is amazing!

hiking
11 months ago

Even on the hottest day it was well worth it!!! Cannot wait to return and explore even more!