Zion National Park Scenic Drive

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park Scenic Drive is a 20.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for road biking and scenic driving and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 20.3 km Elevation Gain: 293 m Route Type: Out & Back

road biking

scenic driving

paved

river

views

wildlife

no dogs

Short drive along the canyon floor. The park operates shuttles that go up and down the canyon from March to October. During this time only shuttle buses and bicycles are allowed. 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.

hiking
9 days ago

My favorite drive in the world. Never gets dull. Always a stunner!

hiking
1 month ago

Is it even a question to do this drive or not? JUST DO IT! It’s beautiful. If you’re scared of heights this may be a challenging drive

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful drive. Make sure to stop and enjoy Zion. If you are passing through at least do the lower emerald pool and Zion overlook. For pictures of Zion’s trails and the best places to visit in the area, follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen

3 months ago

Phenomenal scenic drive. This is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Cannot be missed!

4 months ago

beautiful little drive with lots of turnouts to explore trails, and to sight see, was not crowded in January, would take the shuttle in summer

recorded Zion National Park Scenic Drive

scenic driving
4 months ago

I’ve been here before and took both routes and this place still takes my breath away

hiking
5 months ago

Walked up from canyon junction to river access on west rim trail past grotto to try for a sunrise shot on angels. Easy going, made good time. Number of deer staring back at me

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice drive. Make sure you get a window seat if taking the shuttle.

hiking
6 months ago

Scenic ride.

Hiked to Wallstreet. Very worthwhile. Hiking over large rocks and crotch-high wasn’t as difficult as imagined.

hiking
7 months ago

Heavy traffic! But great way to take some pictures!

scenic driving
rocky
11 months ago

AMAZING drive. There’s a tunnel at one point. Switchbacks, lots of places to stop. Heavy traffic in June. LOTS OF CONSTRUCTION!! Be prepared to stop a few times for one lane traffic areas

scenic driving
11 months ago

ride out of zion headed to 89

11 months ago

Nice drive and views are incredible. Many switchback on the road so use caution.

hiking
Thu May 23 2019

Un freaking real. DO IT!!!!!!

hiking
Thu Apr 04 2019

Had to take the shuttle as they do not allow you to use your own vehicle. Nice drive and short hikes along the route !!

scenic driving
Tue Oct 09 2018

The wait time to the shuttle was around 20mins and its awesome, the shuttle stops and many places and you can start your hikes, if you dont have time and just wanna see few viewing points this shuttle is the best way.

hiking
Mon Sep 17 2018

Great National Park.

hiking
Thu Aug 09 2018

I hiked only portions of this, rather than the entire trail because I was deviating to other trails on the same trip. The miles of this trail I hiked had me pass Emerald Pools, which was lovely. I also thought the view was incredible once you pass Emerald Pools, where I was looking down, through the valley.

scenic driving
Sun Jul 29 2018

Breath taking place. So many beautiful sights

scenic driving
Wed Jul 25 2018

We forgot to record the entire drive, but we started at the toll booths in Springdale and went all the way to the eastern edge of the park (one way). One worry I had was would our Volvo with bikes mounted on top be OK to go through the tunnels, and they were. Do keep in mind that the tunnels have a height restriction and bigger vehicles like buses or RVs may need an escort. The escort may cost extra, but otherwise there are no additional charges to go through the tunnel (without escorts). We did not do any hiking, but did stop at a few viewpoints to soak in the scenery, so we were in the park about 3 hours. It was a beautiful day and not too many people. As it had rained earlier in the week (with flash floods and rock slides), we think many may have avoided the park today (July 14). But as all of the roads were open, we had a pleasant drive through. Hope to come back again for some hikes!

scenic driving
Sat Jun 30 2018

nice drive

scenic driving
Thu Apr 19 2018

Great synopsis of Zion in one drive.

Sun Mar 25 2018

driving through this park is beautiful and keep your windows down best air in the world

scenic driving
Sun Jan 14 2018

Fantastic drive! As with everything in Zion, do this as early as possible to avoid congestion.

Fri Jan 12 2018

Take your time and enjoy it all there is so much to soak in and some places you can stop and learn a little about the wildlife from the rangers sometimes they have little props too!

Thu Jan 11 2018

amazing views, totally worth driving slow and relaxing....

scenic driving
Wed Jan 10 2018

Amazing views, lots of places to pull over and take it all in. No ice when we went in early January.

scenic driving
Sat Dec 02 2017

Such a relaxing time on the Zion tram after a day of hiking. Deer are as common as birds in a park. Will definately go back in 2018.

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