The Busiest Times of the Year at Zion National Park

The Busiest Times of the Year at Zion National Park

Let’s face it. Zion National Park is no secret. With world-renown hikes like The Narrows, Angels Landing, and many others, a lot of people come here on a yearly basis at Zion National Park hotels; a lot more than say 20 years ago. Back then you really could come any time of the year, even on many holidays, and you wouldn’t have to be concerned about crowded shuttles, people walking by you on the trails and pushing past you on narrow sections, wait times at local restaurants, and the like. Nowadays, the fact of the matter is that if you come during certain times of the year – like say summer – it’s likely that you’ll experience at least one of these things. The word got out or people got smart (or at least one of the two) and seeing the beauty of Zion is on bucket lists around the globe. But, do not let any of this discourage you. In fact, riding the shuttles and seeing tourist groups is, for many people, part of their Zion experience and is something that they look forward to when anticipating a trip to Springdale. Everyone has their vacation preference and style. That being said, we want to inform you, so you can at least put it in your back pocket, of the busiest times of the year at Zion National Park so you can plan accordingly to your liking.


Like most destination locations around the world, holidays are usually busier than other days because holidays mean no work which means it’s time to go on a vacation, of course. For Zion National Park, in particular, the busiest holidays tend to be President’s Day weekend, Easter weekend, Memorial Day weekend, the 4th of July, and Labor Day. During these times, it’s more than likely that you’ll experience full shuttles and the like. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s probable. You’ll want to make sure to reserve your Zion National Park hotel months in advance if you’re planning a holiday trip.


This one is probably obvious but needs to be mentioned regardless. When the weather is good and the kids are out of school for 3-4 months, this is the time to visit Zion National Park. Now, that being said, there is a false assumption regarding Zion National Park’s weather during all of the other seasons. I think that often times people forget that Zion National Park is located in Southern Utah, and Southern Utah’s weather is significantly different than Central and Northern Utah where snow abounds in the late fall and in the winter. Sure, it’s a little colder in December, for example, but there’s no snow. You might see some of the highest mountain peaks, but even then that’s a might. If it does snow in the Park – which is very rare it almost never sticks. And if it does, you’ll see it on the ground for less than a day. You’ll be lucky to see it remain for half of a day, to be completely honest. So basically what we’re trying to say is that don’t make the mistake in thinking that summer is the only time to visit Zion because that’s simply not true. Zion is stunning during the spring, fall, and winter. If you come during the winter months, just bring a coat. You’ll miss the crowds, sit right down for dinner at the restaurant of your choice without needing to make a reservation, and you’ll have your pick of the roads since shuttles are more than likely not operating, not to mention definite vacancies at Zion National Park hotels.


So assess what type of vacation you’d like to have in Zion National Park and use the information here to help you decide what time of the year to come. We’ll see you soon! Visit Zion National Park today!

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