Zion Fast Facts
- Zion National Park covers a total area of 146,592 acres
- The number of people visiting Zion in 2016 was 4,295,127 *
- Zion was made a national park on November 19, 1919
- The lowest elevation found in Zion is 3,666 feet at Coalpits Wash
- The highest elevation found in Zion is 8,726 feet on Horse Ranch Mountain
- The entrance fee for Zion is $30 per vehicle per week
- Zion National Park lies in the Mountain time zone
- We last visited Zion National Park in February 2016
Random Facts About Zion
- The word “Zion” is Hebrew. It means “a place of peace and relaxation.” It was given to the area by the Mormons, along with most other place names in the park.
- The water that drips from Weeping Rock in Zion Canyon fell as rain over 1,000 years ago.
- The Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel, part of the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway in Zion, was the longest tunnel of its type when it was dedicated in 1930.
- The canyon walls of the famous Zion Narrows on the Virgin River are as little as 20 feet apart.
- Zion National Park’s wide variety of elevations and moisture levels gives it probably the most diverse plant life in southern Utah, with over 900 species identified.
Where is Zion National Park?
Zion National Park is the westernmost of the five national parks in southern Utah, and the closest to major cities, though they are still fairly distant. People often visit several national parks in the area. It takes about 90 minutes to drive to Bryce Canyon, to the east. A drive of about 2 hours south will take you into Arizona, and to the north rim of Grand Canyon. Note that road access to the north rim of the Grand Canyon is typically closed from mid October to mid May due to heavy winter snow. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Zion.
More About Zion
We have pages on all sorts of things about Zion National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails, Road Guides, HD Video Clips, and pages to buy Books, Trail Maps, and DVD & Blu-ray. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.