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Land of Forever Principles

Wherever you travel in the world, you will find community members and individuals who are stewards of the place they call home. As you plan your travels, consider ways you can visit more thoughtfully. From treading lightly and leaving no trace to staying on the designated routes and not paving your own, we encourage you to recreate responsibly and keep Zion National Park the land of forever by following these eight simple guidelines.

Do your research

Check the weather and watch for storms. Look for experiences that are within your abilities. Learn about pet access, water availability, and trailhead services. Know the current fire restrictions, trail closures, and reservoir access. Request a Visitors Guide and explore the website. Take your turn at the popular spots, but consider doing so when it’s less busy.

Seeking these details eliminates surprises, helps you plan your adventures, exposes you to hidden gems, and allows you to pack accordingly.

Plan accordingly

Reserve a place to stay – whether it’s a hotel, glamping experience or campsite – three to four months ahead of time, especially if you’re visiting during the busy spring or fall months. Book a guided tour, or confirm the rental gear you need to go on your own. Obtain permits for popular hikes like Angels Landing in Zion National Park. 

Making reservations, where possible, guarantees your preferences, and doesn’t leave you settling or missing out. Additionally, planning ahead sometimes saves you money.

Prepare daily

Carry a daypack and fill it with just a bit more than you think you’ll need. Map out your route for the day. Take at least 16 ounces of water per person, per hour. Protect yourself from the sun. Pack enough food to fuel your adventure. Wear quick-dry layers and closed-toed shoes with good tread. Make a checklist of food, water, and gear each day and be prepared. Don’t count on cell service. When in doubt, take a guided experience or ask questions of park/land staff.

Preparing is protection from danger and frustration. Having extra supplies could tide you over if you get stuck, lost or stranded. Knowledge of the terrain and an idea of where you are going creates a sense of what is to be expected. 

Have fun, safely

Recreate within your limits and take care of yourself along the way. Wear protective gear. Check that your equipment is in good shape or rent from a local shop. Know what to expect from wherever you’re going. Learn the signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration, and take steps to prevent each. Be a positive example to others in your travel party – there’s no shame in opting out of something beyond your ability level. 

Getting home safely should be your first priority. The truth is, there won’t always be directions or safety rails. It’s up to you.

Act responsibly

Stay on designated trails. Where trails aren’t designated, stay off the soil’s dark (cryptobiotic) crust and vegetation. Pack out the waste you bring in – not just trash, but human and pet waste, too. Do not touch, move, or otherwise harm rocks, flowers and vegetation, or historical artifacts. Be sure to know the rules of each activity.

Responsibility in our precious lands preserves them for future visitors and generations, as well as for the animals and people that live here. Investing the extra effort to travel responsibly is the only way we can all combat the damaging effects we have on natural areas. Do what you can to keep Greater Zion the Land of ForeverTM.

Be courteous

Welcome everyone you see with a smile and a wave. Don’t be surprised if others do the same. Push yourself to go farther and climb higher, if you’d like – but understand that not everyone is here to do the same. Learn all aspects of trail etiquette, but start by granting the right of way to uphill traffic, move to the right to let oncoming traffic pass on your left, and adhere to other signs and directions from park/land staff. At all times, drive through the Park alertly and safely – whether in a vehicle or on a bike. 

Greeting everyone you encounter with kindness, patience, and understanding simply feels good. They could be visitors or locals – the places you vacation are places where others live.  Share the inspiration with everyone you meet.

Experience more

Visit Zion National Park, then spend time in St. George or Hurricane, Ivins, Springdale, Veyo and everywhere in between Eat, shop, and buy local. Stay out late and look up at the stars. Try something you’ve never done before. See our art and hear our musicians. Extend your trip beyond the weekend. Take pictures from perspectives you’ve never seen before. Wander.

Finding the Greater parts of Greater Zion and Zion National Park is the secret to really discovering this place. Visit our most popular destinations – they’re truly spectacular – but treat yourself to more adventure, inspiration, and exhilaration.

Get invested

Share your Greater Zion and Zion National Park story. Meet the people who own our shops, restaurants, galleries, and boutiques. Learn about our landmarks and history. Request a Greater Zion Visitors Guide. Join the conversation, and if you love this place, write a review, volunteer, or donate to the organizations that make Greater Zion such a magical place to visit.

Getting involved isn’t something that we all have the ability to do, but if you can, it’s one of the most rewarding things you can do and supports these lands, people and stories we all love.