Are you wondering what it’s like to visit Zion National Park in March?
Zion in the spring is a terrific time to go.
Many people have a trip to Zion National Park on their bucket list, but did you know that March might one of the best times to go?!
Use this guide to help you decide if a March vacation to Zion is the right time for you to enjoy outdoor spring adventures at this park.
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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!
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
- Spring hiking at some national parks may mean wet trails, and even some patches of snow! You’ll want waterproof hiking boots or shoes: → Check out our favorite Merrell Moab hiking shoes!
- Hiking socks that breath… and if they prevent blisters, that’s even better: → Check out the BEST SOCKS by Darn Tough!
- Walking stick or trekking poles
3. Clothing – Layers
- Wicking and quick-drying base layers
- Fleece or insulated jacket: → Columbia fleece jackets are our favorite!
- Waterproof rain jacket
- WATER: → Use refillable water bottles or a hydration backpack
- FOOD: → Check out our list of healthy snacks
- Flashlight or headlamp
- National Park maps
- Lip protection with sunscreen
- Polarized sunglasses
- Hand lotion
- Toilet paper (carry out in a bag – do not bury)
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
- Bags to pack out trash
- Cell phone
- Portable charger
- Guide books
- Camera Gear – DOWNLOAD the free camera gear checklist!
- Photography gear for hiking
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 MARCH
Waterfalls! The weather at Zion in March is unpredictable, which is good and bad. Let’s talk about the good first.
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!
Weather is a big drawback for a March trip to Zion.
Due to wet weather during the spring, many hiking trails at Zion National Park 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?
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 50s and the lows are around 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
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 March, it could bring rain and/or snow so be prepared for any type of weather.
Does Zion National Park Close in March?
Zion National Park is open all year long. It is open every day of the year.
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 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 MARCH
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 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 March because the road does access higher elevations.
HIKING IN MARCH
Hiking at Zion in March is one of the best times when it’s good weather and 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 even if it’s not a hot day!
If a storm rolls through, you may encounter falling rocks, rockslides and closed trails due to unsafe conditions. The Narrows trail will close when the water is running at a certain rate.
You’ll want to check with the visitor’s center for the most current trail conditions before setting out on any hike in March.
PHOTOGRAPHY IN MARCH
We often wish for rain when we take our March trip to Zion. The pop-up waterfalls are so 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.
Our two favorite places to capture the sunrise glow on the Zion canyon mountains are behind the museum and the view at the end of the Canyon Overlook trail.
We like to photograph the reflected glow of sunset you see on the Watchman along the Pa’rus Trail.
VIEW WILDLIFE IN MARCH
March is a great time to see wildlife in the park like deer, elk, and Bighorn sheep.
Deer like to hang out in the area near the Pa’rus trail in the big open area between the visitor center and the bridge.
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!