There are a number of ways to visit Zion via the
commercial tour option. You should also familiarize
yourself with Park's
Large Vehicle Restrictions
If you choose to drive your RV, be aware of large
vehicle restrictions, due to Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel between the East
Entrance and Zion Canyon.
Vehicles sized 7'10'' in width or 11'4'' in height, or larger, are
required to have an ''escort'' (traffic control) through the Zion-Mt.
Carmel Tunnel. Vehicles this size are too large to stay in their lane
while traveling through the tunnel. Nearly all RV's, buses, trailers, 5th
wheels, and some camper shells will require an escort.
Visitors requiring an escort must pay a $15
fee per vehicle in addition to the entrance fee. Pay this fee at either
park entrance before proceeding to the tunnel. The fee is good for two
trips through the tunnel for the same vehicle during a 7-day period.
Please note that you will
not be following an escort vehicle through the tunnel. Rangers will stop
oncoming traffic, allowing you enough time to drive down the middle of the
tunnel. We apologize for the delays that many visitors will encounter as a
result of this safety precaution.
During the winter season,
escorts must be arranged at the entrance stations, Zion Canyon Visitor
Center, Zion Lodge, or by phoning (435) 772-3256. From April 1 through
late October, Rangers are stationed at the tunnel from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Certain vehicles are prohibited:
vehicles over 13'1'' tall,
semi-trucks, vehicles weighing more than 50,000 lbs, single vehicles over
40' long. Combined vehicles over 50' long, bicycles and pedestrians.
Zion Canyon Visitor Center --
South Entrance. Open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, with longer hours in
summer. Closed December 25. Exhibits explain the natural and cultural
history of the area. Rangers are available to answer questions and issue
backcountry permits. Books, maps, and film are available.
History Museum --
Located one half mile north of South
Entrance. Open 9:00 to 5:00 daily, with longer hours in summer. Closed
December 25. Exhibits detail human history of Zion. Free 23 minute video,
shown every half hour, provides excellent Park overview . Rangers are
available to answer questions. Books, maps, posters and film are available
Kolob Canyons Visitor Center --
Interstate 15 at Exit 40, 45 miles north of Springdale and 17 miles south
of Cedar City. Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily with longer hours in
summer. Closed November 26 and December 25. Exhibits explain the geology
of the area. Rangers are available to answer questions and issue
back-country permits. Books, maps, and film available.