Your Summer 2024 Guide to Visiting Zion National Park

Jun 4, 2024 | Blog | 0 comments

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Planning a summer stay in one of the best resorts near Zion? Whether you’re a first-time visitor or an experienced veteran, planning a visit to Zion National Park takes a little work, especially during the summer months. From riding the shuttle buses to scoring a permit to hike Angels Landing, there are a lot of details you’ll need to know ahead of your visit.

If you’re planning a stay at Watchman Villas this summer, keep reading. We’re breaking down what you need to know to plan a successful stay.

Shuttles are Free (And You’ll Have to Use Them)

Starting in February of each year and lasting into fall, Zion launches its shuttle service. Not only is the shuttle service free to use, but it’s also the only way to get to many areas of the park during its busy season. That’s because when the shuttle is in operation, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is closed to private vehicles.

To utilize the shuttle, you have two options. One option is to park at the Visitor Center and hop directly on the park loop. The second is to park in Springdale and then hop on the Springdale shuttle loop. If you’re not staying in our Zion National Park vacation rentals or a hotel in town, this can be quite the challenge. Parking in Zion and public parking in Springdale is tough to come by, especially during the summer months. But booking a stay at one of the best resorts near Zion solves this problem. 

Instead of spending time looking for parking, you can leave your vehicle parked right at your private villas. A shuttle stop for the Springdale Shuttle line is located right on the property, allowing you to easily get to and from the park, as well as enjoy the many other things to do in Springdale.

It’s Likely to be a Hot One

July is the hottest month of the year for Zion. While the average daily maximum temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit, temps have soared as high as 115 degrees in the past. June and August follow close behind.

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t plan a summer visit to the best resorts near Zion this time of year — it just means that you’ll need to do a little preparation ahead of your visit and make smart decisions during your trip.

Whether you plan to hike, camp, or even just picnic in the park or go sightseeing, it’s important to plan ahead to stay safe in the heat. Plan difficult hikes early in the day when the temperatures will be cooler. Pack more water than you expect to need, and drink frequently to stay hydrated. Make sure that young children and older adults are drinking water and not overheating, though everyone, regardless of age, should be aware of the symptoms of heat stroke and dehydration.

But There’s Still a Chance of Rain

Perhaps because much of southern Utah is a desert landscape, many new visitors to the area don’t realize that rain is still fairly common during the summer months. Starting around mid-July and lasting into September, Zion experiences monsoons. While these usually occur just a few days a month, the dry conditions can lead to dangerous flash floods as water pools and run into washes and streams rather than soaking into the hardened ground.

On average July sees a maximum of 3.6 inches of rain during the month of July, while August sees 4.8 inches and September sees 6.7 inches. While that rain usually occurs later in the month, it is still possible for storms to pass through during the 4th of July weekend.

While you can certainly still hike and enjoy the park, it’s important to be aware of the increased threat of flash floods. Always check the weather conditions for that day before you start a hike, heed any warnings from park officials about trails that could be dangerous on any given day, and know what to do if a flash flood does occur.

If you do find yourself with a rainy day during your stay in our Zion National Park vacation rentals, don’t fret; there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy in nearby St. George, as well as right here in Springdale.

Getting an Angels Landing Permit Could Be Harder

For the past few years, anyone hoping to hike the park’s most popular trail, Angels Landing, has needed a permit to do so. The only way to get a permit is by entering one of the two lotteries. Permits can be tough to come by any time of year. But with summer being the most popular time to visit the park, more people are vying for permits, which could lower your chance of getting one.

If you didn’t get a permit in the Seasonal Lottery, you can enter the Day-Before Lottery each day of your stay at the best resorts near Zion. But if you still don’t get a permit, don’t fret; there are plenty of other incredible trails to enjoy during your visit!

If you’re dreaming of hiking Angels Landing and don’t get a permit, you can always plan a return visit later in the year when the park experiences its off-season.

Planning a Summer Stay in the Best Resorts Near Zion

From navigating the shuttles to scoring a permit for Angels Landing, these details can help you plan the perfect summer stay at resorts near Zion. Watchman Villas is the ultimate base camp for your summer adventure. Our spacious villas are located just a short distance from the entrance to the park, making it easy to maximize your time in Zion during your stay. Choose one of our two-bedroom villas to give your family and friends plenty of room to relax after a long day of hiking; and don’t forget to plan an evening-in to enjoy the incredible views from your outdoor living space.

Ready to start planning your own summer visit to Zion National Park? Book your stay at Watchman Villas today!

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