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Distances to Zion

  Kanab, UT 41
  St. George, UT 45
  Page, AZ 125
  Las Vegas, NV
  Flagstaff, AZ
  Salt Lake City, UT
  Moab, Ut 333
  Albuquerque, NM 500


Commercial Tours

There are a number of ways to visit Zion via the commercial tour option.  You should also familiarize yourself with Park's shuttle system.

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. daily.

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.

Visitor Centers

Zion Canyon Visitor Center -- At the 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.

Zion Human 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 -- Off 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.


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