Visitor Centers (ZION)
Zion has two visitor centers that are open every day of the year except Christmas. Zion Canyon Visitor Center, located near the park's south entrance on UT-9, is the primary destination for park information as well as the main hub for the free shuttle service. Standard operating hours are from 8am to 5pm, but are extended to 7:30pm during the busy summer season. A Backcountry Desk is located inside, where you can obtain backcountry information and permits. It's open from 7am to 7:30pm during the summer and 8 am to 4:30pm during the winter.
Kolob Canyons Visitor Center, located on Kolob Terrace Road, is a small facility with books and souvenirs for sale. It's staffed by a park ranger from 8am to 6pm during the summer and 8am to 4:30pm during the winter.
Zion Human History Museum is located just north of Zion Canyon Visitor Center on Zion – Mount Carmel Highway. It features alternating art exhibits, a short introductory film, and book and gift stores. It's open daily, early March through late November, from 9am to 7pm.
Zion offers guided and self-guided Junior Ranger Programs for children (ages 6 – 12). To participate in the self-guided program, simply purchase a Junior Ranger activity booklet from either of the park's visitor centers or Zion Human History Museum Complete the activities and return to a visitor center to be made an official Zion National Park Junior Ranger and receive an award. Guided programs are offered daily from Memorial Day weekend through late August. These family-oriented programs are free of charge. Participants are advised to bring water and wear close-toed shoes (i.e. no flip-flops or sandals).