Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
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Aerial photo of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
This is one of the most beautiful bikes rides in the US. What it lacks in challenge (it is 1.1% for 6.2 miles, but we had to include it!) it MORE than makes up for in nearly unparalleled beauty.
You can take the shuttle . . . but . . .
. . . there is a MUCH better option! 👍👍
Zion Canyon and Scenic Drive
View south towards junction Scenic Drive and Highway 9.
Scenic Drive and Zion Canyon as seen from Angels Landing.
At only 149,597 acres, Zion National Park is smallish in comparison to many other National Parks. While small in size, this is one of the most beautiful National Parks in the United States, as well as one of the most popular, ranking third in number of visitors per year (after Great Smoky Mountains NP and Grand Canyon NP).
Weather Report: The best times of year to visit and cycle Zion NP are in May (when the average high temperature is 85°F and there are only six rainy days on average), and September and October (when the average temperatures are 91°F and 78°F respectively, and the average rainy days are 4.7 and 5.1). The average high temperatures in June through August range from 96°F to 101°F.
Below we will list some Frequently Asked Questions, along with our answers to those questions, about cycling Zion.
How to get around in Zion National Park: You can drive your car from Springdale, through the park entrance, and up Highway 9 to the tunnel, and on all the way to the Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon. OR . . . you can RIDE YOUR BIKE all over the park which is certainly the best way to see Zion! We are so blessed to have the opportunity to ride our bikes in amazing places, and we love taking advantage of these chances. Riding through parks and scenic areas on bike gives us the opportunity to view our surroundings better than by any other means. We get around on bike quickly and can stop nearly anywhere we want to view and record the beauty of our surroundings -- it doesn’t get any better than that.
Cyclists must yield to the shuttle on Scenic Drive.
There’s also a great and free shuttle system that has nine stops and picks up/drops off about every 7-10 minutes during the day, beginning at 6 a.m. from the Visitor Center, and ending at 8:30 pm (into the canyon) and 10 pm (into Springdale). The shuttle generally runs from March through November. There is room for several bikes on the front of each shuttle. However, we recommend riding through the park and not using the shuttle. You can ride your bikes to the many awesome trailheads (e.g. Angels Landing Stop 6, or the end of the line Stop 9, which is the trailhead for Zion Narrows day hike).
How much does it cost to cycle in Zion NP?: As of 2019, the entrance fee is $15. More information about riding your bike within the park can be found on the National Parks Service’s website, here.
Can I cycle to a trailhead and leave my bike while I hike?: Yes. Each shuttle stop has an outside unmonitored bike area where you can lock your bike, so bring a cable and lock.
Where do I stay when visiting Zion National Park?: There are many hotels in Springdale, about two miles from Scenic Drive. We stayed at the Majestic View Lodge (about $150 per night in 2019).
View from our room at Majestic View Lodge.
The most convenient, and most expensive, option is Zion Lodge (about $250 total per night). This hotel is about halfway into the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ride and stop #5 on the shuttle route.