Things to See, Do and Photograph at Zion National Park in March

Are you wondering what it’s like to visit Zion National Park in March? Zion in the spring is a terrific time to go.

If you’re looking for a fun spring vacation at a US national park, use our Zion National Park travel guide and the tips below to plan your trip.

We share what to pack, where to stay and things to do at Zion in March.

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WHAT TO PACK FOR A NATIONAL PARK TRIP IN THE SPRING

Packing for a trip in the spring means being prepared for any type of weather!

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TOP REASON TO VISIT ZION NATIONAL PARK IN MARCH

Waterfalls! The weather at Zion in March is unpredictable, which is good and bad. Let’s talk about the good first.

Due to melting snowpack in the area, the rivers and waterfalls in Zion in March are full. If you enjoy photographing waterfalls and rivers, then you’ll love visiting Zion National Park in the spring.

And… if you’re there during a rainstorm, there are amazing pop-up waterfalls that cascade over the mountains. It’s really amazing to see, and something most people don’t get to experience!

BIGGEST DRAWBACK

Weather is a big drawback for a March trip to Zion.

Due to wet weather during the spring, many Zion National Park hikes could close due to falling rocks, rockslides and fast-moving water. The Narrows trail will close whenever the river is moving too fast. And Angel’s Landing will close if the trail is wet and slippery.

If you’re ok with the possibility of missing out on these two famous hikes, and instead enjoy seeing the waterfalls if there’s bad weather, then you should definitely visit Zion in March!

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE GOING

Does the Shuttle Run in March?

Zion is the most-visited Utah National Park with the peak seasons being spring, summer and fall.

The first part of March, the shuttle only runs on the weekend so you have full access to drive into Zion Canyon with your car, unless it gets too full and they need to close it off! Beginning mid-March, the shuttle runs every day and that’s the only way to access Zion Canyon.

**Be sure to check the shuttle schedule for exact dates for the month of March.

Weather at Zion in March

March is a wet month at Zion National Park. Be prepared with rain gear in case a storm rolls through so you can still enjoy the outdoor activities at the park. There may be a random snow storm in March so always check the weather forecast so you have the right clothing for the conditions.

The days and nights are still cool this time of year at Zion. In March the highs are usually in the mid 60s and the lows are near 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Can you Drive Through Zion National Park in March?

The first part of March you’ll be able to drive your car through Zion Canyon on the week days. The shuttles will run every weekend and resume full schedule every day in mid-March.

You can always access the other Zion National Park 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.

What Services Are Available in March?

Zion National Park is open all year long. It is open every day of the year. Check the website for the most current facilities hours:

  • Zion Canyon Visitor Center
  • Park Store
  • Zion Canyon Wilderness Desk
  • Zion Human History Museum
  • Zion Nature Center
  • Kolob Canyons Visitor Center

Starting mid-March the Zion campgrounds are usually full every nights so plan ahead.

THINGS TO DO AT ZION IN MARCH

Scenic Drives

All four Zion National Park scenic drives are breathtaking! The Zion Canyon road is only open to cars until mid-March (note that the shuttle runs every weekend in March). On the 6.5 mile drive, you will see the most incredible rock formations.

The Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway is a must-drive that goes through an incredible 1.1 mile tunnel! In March you may encounter snow or rain. If it’s raining, look for waterfalls!! We like to stop at the pullouts to take photos, hike and look for bighorn sheep.

Another nice drive is along Kolob Terrace, west of Springdale in the town of Virgin. In March you may not be able to access the higher elevations due to snow, but you can enjoy the views before hitting that section.

And if you’re up for a drive, check out the Kolob Canyons area, about 40 miles north of Zion Canyon.

Hiking

The Zion National Park hikes in March are great when the weather isn’t scorching hot. But trails may close due to falling rocks, rockslides or other unsafe conditions.

Between mid-March and late May, The Narrows and The Subway trails close when the water levels are too high due to the spring runoff. Check with the visitor’s center for the most current trail conditions before setting out on any hike in March.

Here’s a handy list of Zion hikes without the shuttle if you want to avoid the crowds. We always recommend hitting the park and trails first thing in the morning!

Angels Landing Permit Information

Angels Landing pilot program begins April 1, 2022.

On and after April 1, 2022, hikers going to Angels Landing will need a permit. The National Park Service (NPS) will issue permits using online lotteries at Recreation.gov.

Visitors can get a permit by entering seasonal lotteries or a different lottery the day before their planned hikes. It will cost $6 to enter any of the lotteries and successful permit holders will pay a $3 per person fee. These funds will cover costs to manage the lotteries and for additional NPS rangers who will assist visitors and check permits on the trail. Learn when and how to enter the lotteries at go.nps.gov/AngelsLanding.

Waterfall at Zion during a rain storm

Photography

We often wish for rain when we take our March trip to Zion. The pop-up waterfalls are so amazing to see and photograph, especially along Highway 9!

Some of our favorite places to take photos are: behind the Zion museum, Court of the Patriarchs, along the Riverside Walk, at the end of the Canyon Overlook trail, and along the Pa’rus Trail.

Check out our Zion National Park Photography Guide with the best photo spots for sunrise, sunset and night photography!

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Wildlife

March is a great time to see wildlife in the park like deer, elk, and Bighorn sheep. Deer like to hang out in along Pa’rus trail and in Zion Canyon.

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 March is the best weather for hiking when it’s not raining. But when it does rain, we can still enjoy the park and the waterfalls! Wearing layers and being prepared for rain 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. Check out our list of best times to visit Zion National Park that detail each season and month to help you decide when to plan your vacation!

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Where to Stay Near Zion National Park

You definitely want to stay in Springdale which borders the entrance 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.
  • Vacation 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. 

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