Visiting Zion National Park in November

Visiting Zion National Park in November is amazing because the temperatures are “just right” to enjoy all the outdoor activities!

Use our Zion National Park travel guide and the tips below plan your November vacation.

This guide will tell you the services available, what to pack, where to stay, and things to do at Zion in November.

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WHAT TO PACK FOR ZION NATIONAL PARK

To get the most out of visiting this park, we want to help you know what to pack for Zion National Park.

Hiking Shoes & Socks

Avoid injuries from improper footwear when hiking. Don’t wear smooth-soled shoes and opt instead for the sturdy shoes with ample tread.

Hydration and Food

Southern Utah is a desert climate at high altitude. You should drink at least one gallon of water per day, and always carry water with you during all hiking activities (water is available at the Zion National Park Visitor Center and shuttle stops 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9).

Remember it’s just as easy to become dehydrated in the cold as it is in the heat so carry plenty of water during the winter, and not just during the summer.

Lip Balm and Lotion

Utah’s high elevation and dry air can be hard on your skin so we always carry lip balm with sunscreen and hydrating lotion to apply as needed when we’re out exploring the trails.

Clothing

Summers in the park mean soaring temperatures, unrelenting sunlight, and low humidity. To keep cool, wear light colored, loose fitting clothing that does not absorb sunlight. Also avoid sun burn by wearing a wide brimmed hat and by generously applying sunscreen to any parts of your body that are exposed to the sun.

During the winter, be sure to wear the right winter clothing to stay dry and warm.

National Parks Pass

Before you visit Zion National Park be sure to pack your The America the Beautiful Annual Pass.

Yes, the National Park Pass is a good deal!

Other items we recommend for visiting Zion:

TOP REASON TO VISIT ZION IN NOVEMBER

The weather is the best reason to visit Zion National Park in November.

The mornings and evenings will get cold, but the daytime temperatures are perfect for enjoying outdoor activities like hiking, biking, canyoneering and landscape photography.

It’s a stark contrast to the heat of Zion National Park in the summer!

If you want to take advantage of spending all day outdoors, then November is a great time to visit Zion!

BIGGEST DRAWBACK

One word: crowds.

Zion is the most-visited Utah National Park and it’s pretty much crowded all year long!

You’ll need to use the shuttle to access Zion Canyon during the month of November. In the fall the shuttles start running a little less frequently and for less hours each day.

We recommend you take the first shuttle into Zion Canyon to access the hiking trails there early before the crowds start. Another tip is to plan late afternoon hikes, but be sure you time it right so you don’t miss the last shuttle leaving the canyon, or it’s a LONG walk back to your car!

Another tip is to explore the other areas of the park and enjoy all the Zion hikes without the shuttle.

VISITING ZION NATIONAL PARK IN NOVEMBER

Does the Shuttle Run in November?

The park shuttle buses are the only way to access Zion Canyon during the month of November. Check the NPS website for the most current shuttle dates and information.

Zion Canyon is closed to private vehicles during the shuttle season. 

Weather at Zion in November

The days are moderate and the mornings and evenings are cold this time of year at Zion. In November the highs are usually around 56 degrees and the lows around 31 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Be prepared with an insulted jacket, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves so you can get out early to enjoy the outdoor activities at the park to beat the crowds.  

Check the forecast for rain or snow before you go. If you’re there when it rains, you’ll enjoy pop-up waterfalls!!

What Services Are Available in November?

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

The shuttle system runs during the month of November, check the website for the hours of operation.

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

Zion campgrounds are usually full every night during November. Plan ahead to find the best places to stay in Zion National Park.

Can you drive through Zion National Park in November?

Vehicles are not allowed in Zion Canyon during the month of November. You’ll need to use the shuttle system.

You can drive the other three Zion National Park scenic drives in the park: Mt. Carmel Scenic Byway, Kolob Terrace and Kolob Canyons.

There are several roadside stops along the routes for you to explore Zion on foot or by bike.

Exploring the other areas of Zion is a great way to escape the crowds you’ll find in Zion Canyon.

Zion scenic drives

SCENIC DRIVES IN NOVEMBER

While visiting Zion National Park in the fall you are able to drive three of the four scenic drives. In November you may see pop-up waterfalls during a rainstorm which is so cool!

The Zion Canyon road is only accessible via the shuttle. It’s an amazing 6.5 miles of the most incredible rock formations and hiking trails.

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. 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.

And if you don’t mind driving 40 miles north of Zion Canyon, you can drive the Kolob Canyons section of the park.

HIKING IN NOVEMBER

Zion National Park hikes are perfect in November because you’re sweating and worrying about heat exhaustion like you do during the summer.

The temperatures are “just right” during the day, especially when you’re exerting energy. We recommend layers for those cold mornings and evenings.

Remember there are Zion hikes without the shuttle if you don’t want to battle the crowds!

Be sure to check whether permits are required for any of the hiking trails you want to explore.

golden landscape at Zion National Park

PHOTOGRAPHY IN NOVEMBER

The best times to photograph the park are sunrise and sunset when the light isn’t as bright as midday.

You won’t actually see the sun rising or setting due to the high stone walls in the park. You’ll be photographing the reflected glow onto the red rocks.

In November you may get lucky to see pop-up waterfalls when it rains, or even snow!

Our favorite photography spots at Zion are:

  • History Museum back patio: sunrise
  • Canyon Overlook: sunrise
  • Three Patriarchs (shuttle stop): early morning
  • Riverside Walk (shuttle stop): early morning
  • Highway 9 landscape and bighorn sheep: early morning and evening
  • Checkerboard Mesa: early morning and evening
  • Pa’rus Trail: sunset
  • Kolob Terrace: sunset
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VIEW WILDLIFE IN NOVEMBER

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

Deer can be found along the Pa’rus trail in the morning and evening.

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?

We like to avoid the crowds at national parks, so winter is one of our favorite times to travel. Check out our list of best times to visit Zion National Park to see which time of year or month works best for you!

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

From our experience, Zion in November is amazing because the weather can’t be beat to enjoy all the outdoor activities at the park.

BUT we recommend you avoid the holiday weekends in November!

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

Where to Stay Near Zion

Places to Stay at Zion National Park (lodges, campgrounds and more!)

If you’re not staying in Zion, you definitely want to stay in Springdale which borders the entrance to the park. 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. 
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