Zion National Park Seasons

Think winter weather rules out a hiking trip? Think again. The stunning beauty of Zion National Park will drop jaws and blow minds in any season.

Zion National Park is the first national park established in the state of Utah - and boy, does it ever deserve the honor. With plunging canyons and soaring red rocks, the incredible landscapes here will leave you reeling. And with hundreds of mammal, bird and fish species - from mountain lions to porcupines - calling the park home, you'll be sharing this sprawling space with some very charismatic companions indeed.

A warm weather visit might seem like a no-brainer, but in reality every season offers its own great reasons to visit Zion National Park. Read on to learn why this wonderful natural attraction guarantees huge smiles at any time of the year.


  • Zion National Park never takes a break. Its trails are open all year round, even in winter, and nearby hotels and restaurants will be cheaper then too. Win-win.
  • When it's too cold to camp, the on-site accommodations are there to help. The rustic Zion Lodge is perfect for unwinding after a day on the trails.
  • Snowfall doesn't mean canceling your hike; it means amazing photos. Specialist gear for snow is available to rent.

Spring and Fall

  • Serious about hiking? Spring and fall's moderate temperatures mean you can walk for longer, and camping is easy.
  • Arrive in late October for eye-popping fall colors. No one will ever believe you didn't Photoshop your pictures.
  • Spring sees the park's wildflowers emerge from their winter slumbers - and they usually put on quite a show.


  • There's no reason the soaring summer temperatures should spoil your visit. Just stay hydrated, protect yourself against the sun and avoid hiking in the middle of the day.
  • You're likely to find fewer people around than in spring or fall, making for a peaceful experience.
  • Spring's wildflowers will still be thriving in early summer, and rain is far less likely than in fall.

Created in partnership with Washington County Tourism Office