The best time of year to visit Zion and avoid the crowds is in the late fall, winter and early spring. While the weather may be chilly, and less facilities are open, the amount of visitors is exponentially less this time of year. Winters are typically cold and wet; and while it may reach 50-60°F during the day, it could easy dip below freezing at night. But, don’t let this frigid weather deter you from visiting in the winter, it is truly beautiful, and also your best chance for solitude in Zion.
If summer is the only time of year that you can visit the park, here are some tips to make your trip enjoyable and avoid the crowds:
- 1. Get to the park early: the earlier you get to Zion, the more likely you are to get a parking spot; and the more of the park you have to yourself before the crowds arrive.
- 2. Visit Kolob Canyons: The Zion Canyon is small and crowded—since most visitors spend the majority of their time there. Whereas, Kolob Canyons are in a more isolated area of the park, provide incredible and unique views, and is much less travelled.
- 3. Go on a picnic: avoid the eateries at busy eating times, and choose to go on a picnic instead. You can stop at the grocery in Springdale before heading into the park. There are wonderful places along the river and in the shadows of the cliffs above you for a picnic meal.