For many people, the winter months are their favorite time to visit Zion National Park. Moderate temperatures, mostly sunny days and no crowds create the perfect conditions for awesome hiking and sightseeing. For some great recommendations on how to make the most of your winter visit, read Sarah’s article on making the most of Zion’s winter months.
Here is the latest 2011/12 winter update from the Park:
“December signals the beginning of a quieter time in the park with fewer visitors and increased opportunities for solitude. Due to decreased visitation, some services will be reduced or ended for the winter season, announced Superintendent Jock Whitworth.
The voluntary shuttle service that provides transportation to the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive on weekends in November has ended operations for the season. The Zion Canyon Shuttle and the Springdale Shuttle will resume regular service on April 1, 2012.
For visitors interested in spending the night in the park this winter, the Watchman Campground and Zion Lodge are open year-round. During a trip, the public is encouraged to visit the Zion Canyon Visitor Center for information on park activities and trail conditions. This facility is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The Kolob Canyons Visitor Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through December. Beginning January 1, operating hours will be reduced to 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.”
For additional information, please visit www.nps.gov/zion.
If you have any winter-specific things you just love to see or do in or around Zion, please tell us about them!