Zion National Park’s beauty draws in visitors from all over the world - it’s breathtaking mesas, mountains, cliffs and canyons are truly a sight to behold. With Shaka Guide, we’ll take you on an epic adventure from La Verkin up through famous Zion Canyon and East Zion with optional side trips to Kolob Canyons and Kolob Terrace. Along the way, we’ll stop at inspiring overlooks, abandoned ghost-towns, slot canyons, ancient pictographs, hikes and more!
Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!
• Walk through the most visited ghost town in the west - Grafton Ghost Town
• Hike Emerald Pools and Angel’s Landing
• Take a picturesque ride along Zion’s Scenic Drive
• Discover unique geologic wonders like Checkerboard Mesa and Great Arch
• Drive through Mt. Carmel Tunnel to East Zion
• Visit Kolob Canyons and Kolob Terrace too!
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Recommended Start Time: Before 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Hurricane or Kanarraville for westbound travelers or Mt. Carmel Junction for eastbound travelers
Time to complete: Approximately 1-2 days
*You’ll need a permit to hike Angel’s Landing - check out our tour FAQ’s below for more information.*
ZION NATIONAL PARK SHUTTLE SERVICE
Between the months of March through May, personal vehicles are not authorized in the Zion Canyon region of Zion National Park (they are allowed in East Zion, Kolob Canyons and Kolob Terrace). During this time visitors must use the free shuttle service to this area. If you’re taking the Shaka Guide tour - which visits Zion Canyon - the audio will still work in the shuttle! Just put on your headphones and listen to the stories along the way.
You can find more information about Zion Canyon’s shuttle in our tour FAQ’s below!
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Bring plenty of water. The dry heat of the desert can be misleading for those who aren’t used to it. Dehydration in Zion is common and deadly. People die every year from heatstroke and heat-related illnesses, so be sure to bring as much water as you think you’ll need, and then double it.
Flash floods are common in Zion and extremely dangerous. Do not go hiking if there is a chance of inclement weather.
Don’t drink the water in the park. The water contains cyanotoxins which can make people and pets ill. Do not submerge your head underwater, as these toxins may be absorbed through the nose or mouth. While side effects in humans are generally mild, pet-related fatalities can occur in as little as 15 minutes after exposure.
Stick to the trail. Be sure there’s no need for an embarrassing rescue by sticking to the park trails. Wandering not only places you in danger of getting lost but also damages the natural environment.
Entrance to Zion National Park costs $35 per car for a one-week pass. You can purchase your park pass in advance here or on-site in the Kolob Canyons, Zion Canyon, and East Zion sections of the park.
We recommend you start the tour before 7am. To get to the Zion Visitor Center before the parking lot fills up, arrive before 8am. The early bird gets the worm, or er, parking space in this park.
This tour has 28 stops. Check out the itinerary here for a complete list of stops and if you’re looking for more information to help plan your trip, here’s what you need to know before you go!
*This tour has optional side trips to Kolob Canyons and Kolob Terrace - you can find those in the itinerary as well.*
The park is open 24 hours a day, but the visitor center, shuttle and other services have varying hours of operation.
Learn more here: https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/basicinfo.htm
You must get a permit to hike Angel’s Landing.
Learn more here: https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/angels-landing-hiking-permits.htm
From March through November and again during the holidays, Zion Canyon implements a mandatory shuttle system. Visitors to Zion Canyon must embark on the Zion Shuttle in order to traverse Zion Scenic Drive. No personal vehicles are permitted during shuttle season. These shuttles are free to all visitors. To learn more about the shuttle system,
visit the park’s website here: https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/zion-canyon-shuttle-system.htm
This shuttle is only required for Zion Canyon and not East Zion, Kolob Canyons and Kolob Terrace.
If you are taking the tour, the audio will work on the shuttle! Just put on some headphones and listen to interesting stories as you go.
Yes! The tour is available from east to west or west to east. If you’re traveling east to west you’ll start the tour in Mt. Carmel Junction and for those traveling west to east the tour begins in either Hurricane or Kanarraville. When you go to start the tour select the starting point and direction that works best for you!
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