GETTING TO ZION NATIONAL PARK
A Practical Guide to Zion: Page 1 2 3 4 5 6
Zion National Park is located in southwestern Utah in the heart of slot canyon country. If you are planning on flying in from a different region or country to visit the Grand Circle or just Zion National Park, your best bet is to fly into Las Vegas, Nevada and rent a car from the Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) consolidated rental facility. A free shuttle bus service will take you to and from the airport. Las Vegas lives off of tourism so it is usually quite easy to find affordable flights and car rentals. It is roughly a three-hour drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. (Note: The Harry Reid International Airport was formerly known as McCarran International Airport until 2021.)
The map below shows the major highways and roads that connect Zion National Park with other attractions in the surrounding areas:
- Coming from Las Vegas:
Take Interstate 15 (I-15) north from Las Vegas for roughly 130 miles. Just past the bustling town of St. George, Utah, get off at Exit 16 and follow Route 9 east. Follow Route 9 for 20 miles as it winds through several towns including Hurricane, La Verkin, Virgin, and Rockville until you arrive in Springdale, the gateway to Zion National Park.
- Coming from the North:
Take Interstate 15 (I-15) south to Exit 27 (Toquerville) and follow Route 17 for 6 miles until it joins up with Route 9 in La Verkin. Take Route 9 east into the hills. After driving roughly 19 miles and passing through the towns of Virgin and Rockville, you will arrive in Springdale, the gateway to Zion National Park.
- Coming from the East:
If you are coming from Bryce, the Grand Canyon, or any other location to the east, take Route 89 to the small town of Mt. Carmel Junction, then head west on Route 9. After roughly 12 miles, you will reach the eastern border of Zion National Park. (Entrance fee required.) Once in the park, you will be treated to a stunning drive through amazing slickrock scenery, culminating with a drive through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel and arrival in the lower main canyon and Springdale to the south.
IMPORTANT: If you are planning on driving an oversized vehicle or large motorhome along Route 9 through Zion National Park, please see the NPS page on Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel escorts.
Note: Beyond the well-known national parks of Zion, Bryce, and the Grand Canyon, several less-popular attractions are also worthy of exploration, including Cedar Breaks National Monument to the north, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park on the east side, and Snow Canyon State Park northwest of St. George.
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