Zion National Park in the spring is a fantastic time to visit the Park.
Zion is one place on many people’s bucket list and for good reason. Spring is the perfect time to visit and check it off the list.
Use this planning guide to help you plan an epic Zion National Park vacation this spring.
- What to pack for Zion National Park in Spring
- Spring Weather at Zion
- Things to do at Zion in the Spring
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What to Pack for a Spring National Park Vacation
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1. US National Parks Pass
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2. Hiking Gear
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- Walking stick or trekking poles
3. Clothing – Layers
- WATER: → We carry water bottles or hydration backpacks
- FOOD: → Check out our favorite healthy snacks
- Flashlight: → Check out the headlamps we like
- National Park maps
- Lip protection with sunscreen
- Polarized sunglasses
- Insect repellant
- Hand lotion
- Female urination device
- Toilet paper (carry out in a bag – do not bury)
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
- Bags to pack out trash
Spring Weather at Zion National Park
Spring weather at Zion National Park is quite pleasant. Most of the time, you’ll have perfect hiking weather during the day with cooler mornings and nights. Of course, you want to be prepared and bring some winter clothes for National Parks just in case the weather drastically changes, especially in the early spring months.
While visiting in March, highs in Zion hover around 66° Fahrenheit with the lows around 39° Fahrenheit. These temperatures during the day make it possible to explore just about everywhere without getting too hot.
As April hits the temperatures begin to rise a bit more. The highs hit 75° Fahrenheit and the lows are around the mid-40s. It is especially important while visiting, especially hiking to dress in layers so that you can easily adjust to the rising temperatures throughout the day.
May brings the heat at Zion. Highs jump to 86° Fahrenheit with lows in the mid-50s. You definitely want to pack plenty of water, especially on your hikes, wear sunscreen and think about starting some of your bigger hikes earlier in the morning to avoid the heat.
Things to Do at Zion National Park in the Spring
There are so many things to do and see while visiting Zion in the spring months! You can certainly find something for everyone this time of year.
Hiking at Zion is truly incredible. We love to plan to go a few times to this park in the spring. When we are able, we plan some of our bigger hikes in the early spring months before the weather warms up too much.
Often times the sun is up, but it is not too hot yet so you don’t have to be as concerned with heat exhaustion. Even though it is not hot outside, be sure you still pack plenty of water.
Photography at Zion throughout the year is incredible, but there is something about those spring months that really make the most picturesque scenery shots you are hopping for. You will love the colorful rocks as the sun shines off them.
CHECK OUT our 5 tips for taking better landscape photos!
One of the highlights of Zion is the stargazing so you definitely want to stay after the sunset to be able to see this truly incredible sight. You will see thousands of stars in the sky that will wow you.
If you are lucky you might just get to see the Milky Way while visiting. If you choose to stargaze be sure you don’t stop or stand on the road. It’s also good to have a flashlight or a headlamp for each person.
Ranger Led Programs
We love ranger programs at all the national parks. At Zion, they have Junior Ranger programs as well as Youth Programs to help explore the park.
The Youth program allows them to learn about Zion cliffs, the animals, and much more. It is a really interactive experience that your kids will love. This program is about 20 minutes long and children need to be with an adult.
Other Ranger Led programs include:
- Evening Programs
- Ride with a Ranger Shuttle Tours
- Nature Center Youth Program
- Youth Drop-In Programs
- Family Guided Walk
- Zion Lodge Lawn Programs.
If you would love to experience these programs just be sure to check the Zion National Park Ranger Led Programs website before visiting the park.
If you love to mountain bike, you’ll enjoy exploring the park this way. The best thing about biking in Zion is you can enter Zion Canyon and avoid using the shuttles!
You can rent bikes from various outfitters in Springdale.
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.
- 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.