Zion Winters

Winter in Zion National Park

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Zion Winters

With the mild winters in Zion National Park it's a great time to visit. You can count on spring and fall to supply abundant days with good hiking weather as well. Some trails might be icy so check with the visitor center before hiking. All roads in and through the main section of the park are open year-round. The Zion Canyon Shuttle does not run in the winter, but you may drive your private vehicle into the canyon during these few months. The east side of the park lends itself to many year-round hiking adventures, but most places on the east side of the park are routes rather than beaten paths or paved trails. A few paths outside the popular boundary of the park, that are too hot to hike in the summer, become well-beaten in the winter. They include: Huber Wash, Chinle Trail, Scoggins Wash and Coalpits Wash. 

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Zion National Park Road Conditions
The Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway through Zion National Park is a main southern Utah highway and is kept open year-round. For more information call the Zion Canyon Visitor Center for road conditions: 1-435-772-3256. Many of the trails in Zion National Park are open in the winter. Check with the visitors center before hiking for trail closure information. In the winter, private vehicles are allowed to drive into Zion Canyon and are always allowed on the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway.

Winter Activities in Southern Utah
Winter activities are abundant on Highway 14 in Dixie National Forest. The area known as Cedar Mountain and Duck Creek caters to the snowmobile crowd. There are many trails and snowmobile rentals are also available on the mountain. Cross country skiing is popular. Duck Creek also offers ski rentals. If downhill skiing is what you want, then Brian Head Ski Resort is the ticket. Highway 148 is closed in the winter, but you may detour through Parowan on I15 or Panguitch on US- 89. If your trip is on December 8th you will get to see the annual Dog Sled Race.

Bryce Canyon in the Winter

Bryce Canyon National Park, like Zion, is open all year. Bryce is located at a much higher elevation and therefore it is much colder there. If you visit Bryce in the winter be prepared for the weather. Bryce Canyon offers both cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails. There are rentals available at the entrance to the park. Scenic driving through any of the Southern Utah National Parks in the winter is beautiful. If you hit a warm day after a snow you will be in for a special treat.

 

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Private vehicles can travel SR-9, from Zion's south entrance, out the east entrance (or visa versa) to the junction of SR-9 & US-89 year-round, 24 hours a day. See tunnel restrictions for Oversized Vehicles. In summer, the only access to the Scenic Zion Canyon Drive is via Zion's shuttle, but during the winter private vehicles can travel in the canyon. Exact dates the shuttle runs may vary

Zion National ParkNature Notes

Hiking in the winter can be treacherous due to many factors. Trails can be icy and temperatures can fluctuate dramatically. The human body requires more food in the cold to stay warm, so be sure to bring along snacks. Heavier clothes means you are packing more weight so be prepared. Do bring lots of water since you need to drink plenty when hiking even when it is cold. Make sure to stop in the visitor center for daily trail and weather information.

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