Basecamp for Zion National Park
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Zion Canyon is the main destination for most visitors to Zion National Park. Private vehicles are not allowed to drive into Zion Canyon during the busy season (April - October). A convenient shuttle bus loops through the canyon, stopping at all popular attractions. Read more...
Begin your Zion Canyon experience here. Get maps and permits for exploring the canyon. Rangers are here to assist you and answer questions. Two main campgrounds are here along with restaurants, gift shops and other attractions. The Watchman trailhead is located here. The Watchman towers, stand some 2500 ft/1995m above the canyon floor keeping watch over and protecting the canyon.
Stop at the Zion Museum where you can learn of the creation of Zion Canyon. Millions of years of erosion left these magnificent Navajo sandstone towers and cliffs. Zion Canyon is one of the steps in the Grand Staircase that begins at the Grand Canyon and ends at Bryce Canyon.
A short hike takes you to the base of three sandstone monoliths named after the ancient old testament patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You can access the Sand Bench Trail which takes you along the Virgin River to Zion Lodge.
Stay at Zion Lodge which is right in the heart of Zion Canyon. Food services and gift shops are also available. The trailhead to the three Emerald Pools begins here. See the reflection of surrounding cliffs as you look across these crystal clear pools.