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Are you wondering what it’s like to visit Zion National Park in February?

Zion in the winter is one of our favorite times to go.

Many people have a trip to Zion National Park on their bucket list, but did you know that February might be the best time to go?!

Use this guide to help you decide if a February vacation to Zion is the right time for you to enjoy outdoor winter adventures at this park.

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WHAT TO PACK FOR A NATIONAL PARK TRIP IN THE WINTER

→ Winter Clothing Guide

→ Winter Packing List for US National Parks

1. US National Parks Pass

You can order passes online or get them at any of these Federal Recreation Areas. BUY THE PASS AT REI and they will donate 10% of sales to the National Park Foundation.

2.  Hiking Gear

3. Clothing – Layers

4. Daypack

5. Other

Where to Stay Near Zion

You definitely want to stay in Springdale which borders the entrance to Zion. Here are a few of our favorite places to stay close to Zion:

  • Holiday Inn Express – our favorite place to stay with an outdoor pool and amenities you’d find in a high end hotel
  • Zion Lodge – we haven’t had a chance to stay here yet, but you can’t go wrong staying right IN the park!
  • Under Canvas Zion – if you want to experience a less crowded part of Zion, this is the place! It’s in the Kolob section of the park.
  • VRBO Rentals in Springdale – you’ll want to stay in Springdale so you’re close to the park entrance and can walk to shopping and restaurants. 

TOP REASON TO VISIT ZION IN FEBRUARY

Zion is the most-visited national park in Utah and it gets crowded during the peak seasons of spring, summer and fall.

In the FIRST PART of February you have full access to drive into Zion Canyon and not worry about riding the shuttle! Be sure to check the shuttle schedule for exact dates when the shuttle resumes for the year.

Taking advantage of this short window of ‘down time’ for Zion National Park will be well worth it!

BIGGEST DRAWBACK

There aren’t many drawbacks to visiting Zion in February, but weather could play a factor.

All of the hiking trails at Zion National Park remain open year-round.

But if a storm rolls through, whether rain or snow, some trails may close due to bad conditions like the popular Angel’s Landing. If you want to hike The Narrows, the water will be COLD and you’ll need full-body drysuits that you can rent from local outfitters.

If you’re ok with the possibility of missing out on these two famous hikes, then you should definitely visit Zion in February!

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE GOING

Does the Shuttle Run in February?

The park shuttle buses resume in mid-February – check the NPS website for the most current shuttle dates and information.

Weather at Zion in February

The days and nights are definitely cooler this time of year at Zion. In February the highs are usually around 50 degrees and the lows hover around 25 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Be prepared with some winter clothing in case a storm rolls through so you can still enjoy the outdoor activities at the park.  

Does it Snow at Zion?

Yes, you may see snow at Zion. The park is located in Southern Utah, and this area usually doesn’t see a lot of snow, about 5 inches a year in the park.

When a storm does hit in February, it could bring rain and/or snow so be prepared for any type of weather. 

Does Zion National Park Close in February?

Zion National Park is open all year long. It is open every day of the year. 

Can you drive through Zion National Park in February?

The first part of February you’ll be able to drive your car through Zion Canyon. The shuttles resume for the season in mid-February.

You can always access the other Zion scenic drives. Keep in mind the upper Kolob Terrace Road, including Lava Point, closes in the winter due to its high elevation. And access to Kolob Canyons may close due to inclement weather.

SCENIC DRIVES IN FEBRUARY

The Zion Canyon road is only open to cars until mid-February. On the 6.5 mile drive, you will see the most incredible rock formations.

The Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and Tunnel is a must-drive! The tunnel is 1.1 miles long and the elevation gain is 800 feet. Driving along Highway 9 from Zion Canyon to the east entrance is breathtaking, especially if there’s snow! Take advantage of the pullouts to stop and take photos, or even take a hike.

We enjoy driving the Kolob Terrace road that’s accessed west of Springdale in the town of Virgin. You’ll see a different side of Zion there. Check road conditions in February because the road does access higher elevations.

HIKING IN FEBRUARY

Hiking at Zion in February is very enjoyable when the sun is out. It’s quite different from summer when you’re sweating and worrying about heat exhaustion.

Remember it’s still important to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen in the winter!

If a storm rolls through, you may encounter ice, snow and mud, especially in shady areas of the trails.

Some trails may close due to bad conditions so always check with the visitor’s center for the most current trail conditions.

PHOTOGRAPHY IN FEBRUARY

We often wish for rain or snow when we take our February trip to Zion. The landscape of colorful rocks with white snow is so pretty!

And if you can be in Zion when it rains, the pop-up waterfalls the flow down the rocks are amazing to see and photograph!

The best times to photograph the park are sunrise and sunset. The colors are vibrant and the light creates a spectacular glow on the red rocks that cannot be missed.

VIEW WILDLIFE IN FEBRUARY

February is a great time to see wildlife in the park like deer, elk, and Bighorn sheep.

We’ve always had good success seeing the Bighorn sheep when driving Highway 9, so keep your eyes open as you take that scenic drive!

What is the Best Time to Visit Zion?

ALWAYS remember to check the forecast and road conditions because things change from day to day.

From our experience, Zion in February is still cold. Wearing layers is key so you’ll enjoy your time outdoors exploring the park!

Zion does get HOT during the summer, so the best times to visit would be spring, fall and winter.

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