Location: Springdale, Utah
The soaring towers and massive monoliths of Zion National Park offer spectacular grandeur. Designated in 1909, Zion is Utah's oldest national park and with nearly 3 million visitors per year, it is also Utah's most popular park. A multipassenger shuttle system is the only motorized transportation allowed in the main canyon during peak season. The shuttles let visitors sit back and enjoy Zion's lofty formations such as The Great White Throne, Angels Landing, and Weeping Rock. It also includes a "town loop" that stops in the town of Springdale at the park's south entrance. Visitor's can still use private vehicles to tour a portion of the park on Utah Highway 9 though a mountain tunnel. There are several easy, self-guided trails in Zion, including Gateway to the Narrows, which is suitable for strollers and wheelchairs with assistance. More adventurous or strenuous hikes are also found in the park. Zion has two park entrances, both on Utah Route 9. One is 33 miles east of Interstate 15 and the other is 12 miles west of U.S. 89. The northern Kolob Canyons section is accessible off I-15, 18 miles south of Cedar City. Visitor center's campgrounds and historic Zion Lodge are open year round.