Things to do at Zion National Park in the Spring

Zion National Park in the spring is a fantastic time to visit the Park because the temperatures are “just right” for outdoor activities.

If a Zion National Park vacation is on your bucket list, spring might be a good time for you to visit.

The weather is amazing for outdoor activities, and you might even experience the pop-up waterfalls that happen when it rains!

This guide will help you plan the best Zion National Park vacation this 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

3. Clothing – Layers

4. Daypack

5. Other

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. 

Zion National Park in March

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. 

Check out what it’s like to visit Zion in March and April.

Zion National Park in March

Zion National Park in April

Hiking

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

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. 

The colors are truly incredible, especially at sunrise and sunset. This is when you want to take those pictures. You won’t be disappointed with the results! 

Stargazing

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:

  • Walks
  • Talks
  • 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. 

Biking

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!

There are regulations for biking in Zion:

  • Bicycling is permitted on all park roadways and on the Pa’rus Trail. All other park trails, off-trail routes, and the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel are closed to bikes.
    • Bicycles must ride single file on the right side of park roads and the Parus Trail.
    • Please wear your helmet!
    • Cyclists are limited to groups of 6 bikes or less. Larger groups prevent vehicles from passing them in a safe manner on the narrow park roads. Groups of more than 6 bikes can split into smaller groups but must be separated by one quarter mile or more.
    • Bicycles are allowed on the park shuttle buses, though you will need to be able to lift the bikes on and off the front racks yourself.

    You can rent bikes from various outfitters in Springdale.

    Scenic Drives

    The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is closed to private vehicles during the shuttle season, which usually runs March through November, weekends in February, and the week between major holidays in December. You can also ride bikes along the scenic drive when the shuttles are running.

    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. It’s a great drive with ample hiking where you can escape the crowds!

    The Kolob Canyons area of Zion is about 40 miles north of Zion Canyon. The five mile scenic drive winds through red-rock canyons with spectacular overlooks. There are fun Zion hikes in this part of the park as well.

    Check out all four scenic drives in Zion!

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