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5 Tips for Visiting Zion National Park (2021)

With nearly 4.5 million visitors each year, Zion National Park consistently ranks as one of the top 5 National Parks in the country, and once you’ve been, you understand why! As you drive into the Zion Canyon you feel as if you’ve entered another world! It is easily one of the most epic and scenic places we have ever visited, and if it’s not on your bucket list, go ahead and add it now! But be sure to check out these tips before your visit...

Be sure to check out our Zion National Park travel vlog for a closer look at our experience in the park!

1. Plan Ahead

With so many people visiting Zion each year, it is absolutely necessary to plan your trip AT LEAST one month in advance. All of the hotels, outdoor outfitters, transportation, literally everything starts to book up 3-4 weeks out. Even the shuttles in Zion are near impossible to get on. At the time of writing this (early April 2021) the shuttle is being operated on a shuttle pass system that requires planning ahead or a bit of luck… or both! If you’re planning to use the shuttle for transportation in the park here are a few key points you need to know...

  • Advanced tickets ($1.00 each) will be released twice a month, on the 16th and the last day of the month. Tickets must be purchased on-line at

  • Additional tickets ($1.00 each) will be released the day before your intended visit at 5:00 p.m. (for example, tickets for April 13, will be released at 5:00 p.m. on April 12). Tickets must be purchased on-line at

  • Afternoon walk-up tickets (no charge) will be available from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. These tickets are limited and are first come, first served.

  • Your pass is good for one boarding at the visitors center and must be used during the given 1 hr reserved time slot

  • Once your in the park you can ride within the park as much as needed

  • Shuttle are operating at limited capacity making it that much more difficult to obtain shuttle tickets

Even with the plethora of information that you find around the internet, the best thing to do to ensure that you are as up to date as possible on park rules and regulations is to either visit the park's website or call the park at 435-772-3256 to speak to a ranger.

2. Rent eBikes

With such a slim chance of getting on a shuttle these days, it’s easy to lose hope on visiting Zion, but don’ t give up! There are other ways to get into the park! And renting eBikes is the best way in our opinion! We got our bikes from Ride Zion eBike Rentals and it was AMAZING! We can not recommend them enough! Not only do you not have to rely on a shuttle, but you also get to take the park at your own pace! You are in control of your schedule! Plus, you are completely immersed in the park. All of your senses experiencing Zion to the fullest! Even if/when the shuttle system gets back to normal, we have no plans of using it. Ride Zion eBike Rentals is 100% the way to go!