National Park weather you will experience is dependant on the part of the park that you will be visiting . The weather in Zion Canyon,
at 4000 feet, is hotter than the weather on the east side of Zion or
in the Kolob sections. Use the information below for Mount Carmel Junction to
get accurate weather for the east side of Zion National Park.
Zion National Park Weather on the west side of the park can be read using the Saint George Weather Forecast.
Directions to Zion National Park
From the North: Travel I-15 south, past Beaver. Exit on Hwy 20. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to Zion's east entrance.
From Arizona: Travel US-89A through Fredonia, Arizona and Kanab Utah. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to the east park entrance.
From the South: Travel I-15 north. Take exit 16 and travel through Hurricane to LaVerkin. Continue on SR-9 to the south entrance of the park. SR-9 through Zion National Park is always open and is also called the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway.
Zion Photo: These two little kids are braving a flash flood day in Zion National Park. They are standing at the walkway leading to the end of the short Riverside Walk Trail. You can see the raging water behind them that is normally just a trickle.
Lodging and services are available in East Zion. The main road through Zion, the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway (SR-9) is open year-round, and is not a route the Zion Canyon Shuttle takes. Zion Canyon is deep inside the park. Towering 3000' walls form a slot canyon, forged by the violent rush of torrent water over millions of years. From late March to late October access through the six mile stretch of road is via the Zion Canyon Shuttle, the rest of the year the canyon is accessed in private vehicles.
reports are only indicators. If it looks like rain or begins to rain, get out
of any slot canyon. Use your judgment, you are responsible for your own safety.
Zion National Park posts the weather report at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center,
so check it before heading out to the slot canyons. Remember a storm far away
can cause a flash flood.
Utah Weather The weather in the National Parks and National Monuments of southern Utah are
often read from the nearest large city. This is the same for the smaller towns
in the area. However, Saint George and Cedar City, although only 45 miles apart
vary greatly in temperature and elevation. Cedar City weather is a good indicator for the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park. Mount Carmel weather is a good read for the east side of Zion. The weather in Hurricane will be close to that in the Kolob Terrace and Zion Canyon.