Zion Seasons

Planning your visit to Zion National Park? You may be wondering “when is the BEST time to visit?” Zion’s beauty can be enjoyed year-round with each month bringing its own unique experience for hikers. The following charts should help you better understand what to expect during your visit. Keep in mind that conditions can vary from year to year. These numbers reflect the averages and may be different during your visit! For your safety, always check the current conditions and weather forecast before heading out on an adventure!

January

Average Temperature: 50/25F

Water Temperature: 40-45F

Park Visitation: Low

Narrows Equipment: Dry Bib Package (plus Dry Top)

Narrows Conditions: Winter is a great time to find solitude in the Narrows.  Keep in mind that trails can become icy with possible closures of the Riverside Walk.  Hiking away from the canyon walls is recommended due to falling ice.

February

Average Temperature: 50/25F

Water Temperature: 40-45F

Park Visitation: Low

Narrows Equipment: Dry Bib Package (plus Dry Top)

Narrows Conditions: Winter is a great time to find solitude in the Narrows.  Keep in mind that trails can become icy with possible closures of the Riverside Walk.  Hiking away from the canyon walls is recommended due to falling ice.

March

Average Temperature: 56/30F

Water Temperature: 40-45F

Park Visitation: Medium

Narrows Equipment: Dry Bib Package (plus Dry Top)

Narrows Conditions:  Park visitation picks up in March as schools let out for Spring Break.  Spring runoff can cause high water levels. Narrows closures occur when the river is running above 150CFS (120CFS for top-down).   

April

Average Temperature: 59/36F

Water Temperature: 45-50F

Park Visitation: Medium

Narrows Equipment: Dry Bib Package

Narrows Conditions: Spring runoff can cause high water levels.  Narrows closures occur when the river is running above 150CFS (120CFS for top-down).

May

Average Temperature: 69/43F

Water Temperature: 50-55F

Park Visitation: High

Narrows Equipment: Warm Weather Package

Narrows Conditions: Spring runoff can cause high water levels.  Narrows closures occur when the river is running above 150CFS (120CFS for top-down).

June

Average Temperature: 82/49F

Water Temperature: 55-60F

Park Visitation: High

Narrows Equipment: Warm Weather Package

Narrows Conditions:  June is a popular time to hike the Narrows.  Conditions for the hike are generally ideal with warm temperatures and lower flood potential than late summer months.   

July

Average Temperature: 87/57F

Water Temperature: 60-65F

Park Visitation: High

Narrows Equipment: Warm Weather Package

Narrows Conditions:  Summers in Zion are hot and dry making a hike in the river very pleasant.  Mid July marks the beginning of “monsoon” season in Zion. Most late summer afternoons have a chance of rain in the forecast.  These storms have potential to drop large amounts of water, creating dangerous flash floods. Always check the weather before heading into the Narrows.    

August

Average Temperature: 85/55F

Water Temperature: 60-65F

Park Visitation: High

Narrows Equipment: Warm Weather Package

Narrows Conditions:  Summers in Zion are hot and dry making a hike in the river very pleasant.  Late summer is “monsoon” season in Zion. Most late summer afternoons have a chance of rain in the forecast.  These storms have potential to drop large amounts of water, creating dangerous flash floods. Always check the weather before heading into the Narrows.

September

Average Temperature: 78/48F

Water Temperature: 55-60F

Park Visitation: High

Narrows Equipment: Warm Weather Package

Narrows Conditions:  Summers in Zion are hot and dry making a hike in the river very pleasant.  Mid September marks the end of “monsoon” season in Zion. Most late summer afternoons have a chance of rain in the forecast.  These storms have potential to drop large amounts of water, creating dangerous flash floods. Always check the weather before heading into the Narrows.

October

Average Temperature: 66/39F

Water Temperature: 50-55F

Park Visitation: Medium

Narrows Equipment: Dry Pants Package or Warm Weather Package

Narrows Conditions:  Cooling temperatures and changing leaves make Fall a beautiful time to enjoy Zion.  Threats of summer flash floods decrease in the Fall and water levels remain relatively low.    

November

Average Temperature: 56/31F

Water Temperature: 45-50F

Park Visitation: Medium

Narrows Equipment: Dry Pants Package

Narrows Conditions:  Cooling temperatures and changing leaves make Fall a beautiful time to enjoy Zion.  Threats of summer flash floods decrease in the Fall and water levels remain relatively low.

December

Average Temperature: 48/23F

Water Temperature: 40-45F

Park Visitation: Low

Narrows Equipment: Bib Package

Narrows Conditions: Winter is a great time to find solitude in the Narrows.  Keep in mind that trails can become icy with possible closures of the Riverside Walk.  Hiking away from the canyon walls is recommended due to falling ice.