Free with your admission to the park, this is the only way to get around Zion. Too many cars in the park were causing problems for visitors so with the introduction of the shuttle bus, all personal vehicles are restricted from driving on the roads inside the park. The bus will take you to the trailheads of most of the attractions the park has to offer and they run quite regularly. The bus ride leaves from the visitors center and takes approximately 90 mintues to complete the loop back to the beggining.
at Zion np u cant drive to most of the park with ur car - u will have to park ur car outside of the park or at the visitor center and use the shuttle service which is really good
u can drive to road 9 jct and then drive on hwy 9 and also if u r a guest at the zion lodge ull get a permit to drive there
Route 9 to the Grand Canyon North Rim
We drove up I-15 from Las Vegas en route to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. On the map, it looks like you can go either on Rt. 9 or Rts. 59&389 to continue on to GC, and Rt. 9 looks to be shorter.
We were happy that we ended up taking Rt. 9 for the tremendous scenery in Zion National Park, but be aware that it costs $20 to enter the park, it's a LONG way to backtrack and there are no other roads except Rt. 9 that way. So you have to pay to enter to keep going. We ended up buying a $50 National Parks Annual Pass, since we figured we'd have to pay again at Grand Canyon (also $20 entrance fee) but we ended up not having to use it because we got to the park so late.
On the way back, we took the 389 way and it was actually quicker.
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Zion Canyon Shuttle
The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is only accessible by shuttle bus and private vehicles are not allowed. Park at the visitor center located near the South entrance and take the Zion Shuttle Bus (runs every 6 minutes from 5:45am to 11pm on peak season - March-Oct).
Riding the shuttle is included in the park's entrance fee. You also have the option of biking or hiking along the canyon's scenic drive.
You may pass through the park on highway 9 and still see the beauty of Zion but you cannot drive up the main canyon to the major points of interest.
Getting to Zion National Park
Zion National Park is about a 3 hour drive from Las Vegas, Nevada. There are 2 parts of Zion. The most popular spots in Zion are located along Utah Route 9. Route 9 is accesible from I-15 near Saint George. The park is about 45 miles to the east of I-15. The second part of Zion is the Kolob Canyons, which is off I-15. I personally did not visit this part of the park. There were some bus tours there as well. They were probably based out of Las Vegas or Southern California.
Traveling through Zion in a convertible
Your drive through Zion National Park will be enhanced by driving a vehicle with drop- top or a sun roof.
- Hiking and Walking
- Road Trip
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