Where Is Zion National Park and Best Ways to Get There

Zion National Park is one of Utah’s state treasures. It features steep cliffs and beautiful canyons that work together to form an outdoor adventurer’s paradise.

Angels Landing at Utah Zion National Park

Zion National Park is a national park located near  Springdale, UT, and Kanab, UT, which is in the southwest corner of the state. It encompasses parts of Washington, Iron, and Kane counties. Moreover, this gorgeous park is only a few hours away from the city of Las Vegas, NV, and offers many activities for visitors to enjoy. Zion Park has stunning scenery that provides opportunities for hiking, camping, biking, and more. There are also waterfalls throughout the area which provide an excellent opportunity for photography.

Map of how to get to Zions National Park and Zion National Park Entrances

Zion National Park Entrances

There are several entrances to Zion National Park, which makes it convenient for visitors to find the right entrance for them. For example, Zion National Park is just 2.5 hours from Las Vegas, 4 hours from Salt Lake City, and 6 to 7 hours from Los Angeles. Remember that you can drive to the park, but during the park’s busy season (from April to November), the main canyon is accessible only by shuttle.

Closest airport to Zion National Park also showing Las Vegas to Zion National Park

 

Closest Airport to Zion National Park

The park is open year-round and offers a variety of activities no matter what time of year you visit. There is something for everyone at Zion National Park, making it one of the most popular parks in the United States. 

If you plan on flying to Zion National Park, the closest airport to Zion National Park is McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, which is 170 miles from the park. Salt Lake City International Airport is the next closest, and it’s 311 miles from the park.

If you fly into Salt Lake City, you can take a connecting flight into Saint George, Utah, or Cedar City, Utah. Saint George is just 49 miles from the park, and Cedar City to Zion National Park is 60 miles from the park.

Las Vegas to Zion National Park

If you plan to travel by car from Las Vegas to Zion National Park, here are some easy and quick directions to follow. 

From Las Vegas (163 miles from Zion) or Saint George (40 miles from Zion):

  • Jump on Interstate 15 north
  • Take exit 16 and stay right on State Route 9 East for 33 miles
  • Stay right to continue on State Route 9 East in La Verkin, Utah for 20 miles
  • Stay on State Route 9 East into Zion National Park

Salt Lake to Zion National Park

From Salt Lake City (307 miles from Zion) or Cedar City to Zion National Park (57 miles from Zion):

  • Jump on Interstate 15 south
  • Take exit 27 and stay left on State Route 17 South for 26 miles
  • Stay left on State Route 9 East in La Verkin for 20 miles
  • Continue on State Route 9 East into Zion National Park

If you’re wondering how far is Park City from Zion National Park? It is about 309.5 miles away and offers a beautiful scenic view. 

For additional directions to Zion National Park, please visit our maps page.

Utah Zion National Park Visitor Centers

Once you arrive at Utah Zion National Park, you can stop at one of the two visitor centers to obtain all of your necessary permits, learn about park activities, receive restaurant recommendations, and view transportation schedules. 

  • The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is located at the south entrance of the park near Springdale.
  • The Kolob Canyon Visitor Center is located off of Interstate 15 at the west entrance of the park.

Both Visitor Centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the spring and summer, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the fall and winter. The centers are closed on December 25th.

If you would like to talk to someone who can help you plan the best way to get to Zion National Park, we’d love to help. Please contact our concierge.

 

 

Comments 14

  1. Hello I am traveling to Vegas July 3 to July 5, are you guys open for sight seeing and hiking on July 4th?

  2. Yes, we are open on July 4th. Please call 435-648-2700 to make your reservations. Enjoy!

  3. Hey! I was planning to visit Zion national park (stay in Springdale) from March 1st to 5th. The plan is to fly into LAS and get to Springdale on a rented car. I wanted to return the car upon arrival but found no place near Springdale for rented-car-returns. Can you give me any recommendations?

  4. Marianne, Your best bet would be to check with the rental company you are using for their closest return option.

  5. Hello,

    I would like to hike the Angel’s Trail in Zion. Do you offer accommodations and a guide for this?

  6. Hello, I’m traveling to salt lake for work at the end of September and was hoping to spend a few days hiking through Zion. Will is be open ? Are the shuttles accessible ? Can you drive yourself?

  7. We want to visit as much of the area as possible when we visit ,I have trouble walking long,even mediums distances due to some leg problems, any suggestions,I can walk ,but nerv damage limits me

  8. Hi! I am trying to get to Zion National Park (from Denver)this January. I was wondering if there were any recommendations as to which highway/route I should take. I have looked into I-70, however it seems a little treacherous in the winter.

  9. Yes! We actually have a shuttle into the main canyon from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, as provided by our sister company East Zion Adventures. Please note that shuttle drop-off and pick-up services must be scheduled in advance >> http://www.zionponderosa.com/hiking/
    There are also a couple of hiking trails on our property that you can hike down into the park.

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