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 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 accessible year-round.

12.6 miles
961 feet
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

road biking

scenic driving



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.

8 days ago

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
18 days ago

Breath taking place. So many beautiful sights

scenic driving
23 days ago

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
1 month ago

nice drive

scenic driving
3 months ago

Great synopsis of Zion in one drive.

4 months ago

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

scenic driving
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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!

7 months ago

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

scenic driving
7 months ago

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

scenic driving
8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

Amazing drive!

9 months ago

Feels like you're in Jurrasic Park!

scenic driving
10 months ago

Well worth it!

11 months ago

Biked from the beginning of the Pa'rus trail to Temple of Sanawava and back totaling about 16 miles. A really beautiful ride especially in the early morning.

scenic driving
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

In the summer private vehicles are not allowed on this road. National Park shuttle bus only. But it's all good because the shuttles run constantly, very efficient, clean, well-marked route, no reservations needed. Easy on/off. The buses have huge windows and even sun roofs so you can take in the views. Highly recommended.

scenic driving
Sunday, July 02, 2017

It is impossible to tire of the view...

mountain biking
Monday, May 01, 2017

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
Thursday, April 13, 2017

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
Sunday, January 08, 2017

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!

Sunday, December 04, 2016

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!

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Canyoneering at Lambs Knoll

Saturday, September 17, 2016

beautiful hike

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Amazing scenery. The Narrows hike is a must!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

scenic driving
Friday, June 24, 2016

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

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Angels landing is amazing!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Angel's Landing is a life changing hiking experience! It was very challenging and exciting through to the end. I will definitely be back and cannot wait to brave this climb again.

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