Prepare for the best visit to Zion’s National Park in sunny St. George, UT

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How to prepare for the best visit to Zion’s National Park in sunny St. George, UT

Zions National Park is home to some of the most breath taking scenery and hikes in the nation. With last year resulting in record breaking attendance, the popularity of Zion’s has no plan to slow down. The numbers were staggering and consequently you are missing out if you have not already been. A trip to Zion’s should seriously make it to your bucket list and quick! According to http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/17/travel/national-park-service-record-visits-2015-feat/, Zion’s National Park was one of the top 10 visited parks in the nation! The results are staggering with the numbers rolling in at a whopping 3.6 million! To put it into perspective, those numbers come in shy 1.9 million to Grand Canyon National park which is one of the most popular parks in the world. While Zion’s is in fact open 365 and 24 hours, they do have specific on and off seasons, permits, shuttle dates, and hours. The shuttles will soon be reopening for spring season! Shuttles run daily from March 15th –Oct. Find out below what essential planning and reservations you should do to best experience Zion’s National Park on your next trip to St. George, UT.

  • Lodging accommodations can fill up quickly especially in peak seasons. For the availability and best pricing call our travel experts today for booking your Zion’s vacation rental reservation.
  • Shuttle services

Shuttle services are free to paying park patrons. You do not need a ticket, buss pass, or reservation to utilize the free shuttle services. The shuttles are guided with trained tour guides giving insightful details and information about the scenic rides, trails and hikes. The shuttles typically start at 7:15 am and run until 8:45 for the last stop. See specific site for exact hours and details. Visit http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/upload/ShuttleSchedule2015.pdf

 

  • Permits for hiking

While most hikes you are able to plan on a last minutes notice, there are still some other hikes specifically in the narrows or subway that do require pre planning and or permits. Be sure to get a good head start on the planning process. Permits help the park gauge how many people will be attending the hike on a given day and also provide the means for the park to track the number of hikers that are anticipated on the extra rigorous hikes in the event of a flash flood. By requiring guests to obtain permits, this also helps ensure that proper expectations and safety protocols have been relayed to the park guests. http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/narrowspermits.htm visit this link today to make sure that your upcoming trip to Zion’s is already reserved and ready to enjoy!

 

  • Camping permits at Zion’s

With a vast variety of campground options available for hikers to enjoy, there are several steps one should take note of before planning to camp out at Zion’s.

There are three campgrounds available at Zion’s National Park. They are, Lava Point, South Campground and Watchman Campground. The latter two are conveniently located at the Main South entrance to the Park near Springdale. Campsites are all drive up with a two vehicle maximum per site. Check out is 11 am similar to our policy here at Red Rock Vacation Rentals. Campsites accommodate up to 6 people each and will permit 2 large tents or 3 small tents. All campsites come equipped with 1 picnic table and 1 bbq grill. No all night partying is allowed, as hikers like to get rested for the next day’s adventures! Quiet hours start at 10pm. Early reservations are advised to ensure a spot. To make your campground reservations contact the park directly or visit their site. 877-444-6777 or at www.recreation.gov

 

  • If camping isn’t your scene, take note that lodging accommodations can fill up quickly especially in peak seasons. For the availability and best pricing call our travel experts today for booking your Zion’s vacation rental reservation. 435-703-9944 www.getawayredrock.com

 

We hope that you enjoy your trip and most importantly, don’t forget to pack sunscreen!

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