With the anticipation of Zion National Park opening back up to the public on Wednesday, May 13th, after having closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, park officials have released information on what will be opened and what facilities will remain closed.

Hours of Operation

Zion National Park will only open during daylight hours (approx. 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.).


Those who plan on visiting the park should plan for the possibility of severe traffic congestion. In the event of traffic congestion the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway (SR 9) may be temporarily closed to vehicles.

Shuttle operations will remain closed at this time. Visitors should only park in designated parking areas. Once all Zion Canyon Scenic Drive parking is full, vehicle access will be closed until spaces become available. Last entry onto the Scenic Drive is 6pm.

Open Trails in Zion Canyon

The following areas will be available for day hiking:

  • Pa’rus Trail
  • Archaeology Trail
  • The Grotto Trail
  • Riverside Walk
  • Watchman Trail
  • Sand Bench Trail
  • Kayenta Trail. Access to Emerald Pools from this trail is closed.
  • Scout’s Lookout and West Rim Trail. The chained section of Angels Landing is closed.

While these trails are available for groups to hike, park visitors should anticipate that any closures that were put into effect prior to the park being closed, remain in effect.

Current closures within the park include:

  • Kolob Canyons
  • Zion Lodge (some services resume May 21)
  • Campgrounds
  • Museum and Theater
  • Angels Landing Chains Section
  • Canyon Overlook Trail
  • Wilderness and Recreation Permits
  • Climbing and Canyoneering
  • Overnight Backpacking
  • The Narrows (due to high water flow)
  • Lower Emerald Pools Trail (due to trail construction)
  • Weeping Rock area, including Observation Point (via East Rim Trail from Weeping Rock), Hidden Canyon, and Weeping Rock Trails (due to rockfall)
Park officials have released a list of what will be allowed while hiking during limited operations:
  • In and out day hiking from all trailheads only.
  • Hikers must remain on established trails.
  • No cross-country travel.
  • Hop Valley trail can not be used to access Kolob Canyons area.

Zion Canyon guests will be asked to follow health guidelines while visiting the park.

Zion National Park COVID-19 Health Guidelines:
  • Maintain six-foot social distancing.
  • Do not exceed group size limits.
  • Wash hands with soap for 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • Hand sanitizer available near restrooms.

All of these guidelines and available areas and activities could change at any time.