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It’s one thing to open up your maps apps to see what towns are near Zion National Park, but since Ashley and I actually lived in one of those towns, I figured I would make it easier for you.

Whether you are looking for a place to stay or other things to do on your visit to Zion, these cities and towns will keep your travel time low and your adventure time to the max!

Looking at the The Watchman mountain in Zion National Park with clear blue skies
Right when you enter Zion National Park The Watchman stands guard

Check out the table below for the complete list of towns near Zion National Park with the distance and estimated drive time. But keep reading for more details about each location and a few suggestions for places to stay.

City/TownDistance to Zion National ParkDrive Time to Zion in Good Weather
Springdale, UT1 mile2 minutes
Virgin, UT14.5 miles24 minutes
La Verkin, UT21 miles31 minutes
Hurricane, UT23 miles34 minutes
Washington, UT36.5 miles50 minutes
St. George, UT41 miles57 minutes
Cedar City, UT58 miles1 hr 5 minutes
Orderville, UT17.5 miles25 minutes
Glendale, UT21.5 miles31 minutes
Kanab, UT30 miles37 minutes
Duck Creek Village, UT46.5 miles57 minutes
Hatch, UT48 miles56 minutes

Springdale, Utah

Springdale, UT is the closest town to Zion National Park since it is literally outside the main entrance gate.

  • Distance to Zion Main Entrance: 1 mile and just a few minutes drive
  • Distance to Kolob Canyons Visitor Center: 38 miles and around a 45 minute drive

Places to Stay in Springdale, UT

Virgin, Utah

There isn’t much to Virgin, Utah, but if you are looking for a glamping spot near Zion or want to explore Kolob Terrace Rd., this is the place for you.

  • Distance to Zion Main Entrance: 14.5 miles and 25 minute drive
  • Distance to Kolob Canyons Visitor Center: 26 miles and 30 minute drive

Places to Stay in Virgin, UT

La Verkin, Utah

La Verkin, UT pits you between Zion National Park and Snow Canyon State Park, near St. George, which is definitely worth visiting. Plus, it’s the home of River Rock Roasting Company if you need a good cup of coffee or to grab a tasty sandwich.

  • Distance to Zion Main Entrance: 21 miles and 30 minute drive
  • Distance to Kolob Canyons Visitor Center: 19 miles and 20 minute drive

Places to Stay in La Verkin, UT

Hurricane, Utah

If you don’t want to sound like a tourist when you are actually being a tourist around Zion, then learn how to pronounce Hurricane, Utah like a local. It goes a little something like this: Her-ah-kun.

  • Distance to Zion Main Entrance: 23 miles and 35 minute drive
  • Distance to Kolob Canyons Visitor Center: 22 miles and 25 minute drive

Places to Stay in Hurricane, UT

Washington, Utah

We called Washington, UT home for a year while we explored the amazing Southwest. If it wasn’t for the over-development of the entire area, we might have stayed longer. There’s a reason over 5 million people visit Zion National Park each year, and the views you get from even 36 miles away are second to none.

  • Distance to Zion Main Entrance: 36.5 miles and 50 mile drive
  • Distance to Kolob Canyons Visitor Center: 29 miles and 28 minute drive

Places to Stay in Washington, UT

View from Washington Utah looking towards Zion National Park with a golf course down below - HelloTrail.com
A view from our neighborhood in Washington, UT looking at Zion National Park – Not too shabby!

St. George, Utah

St. George, Utah is one of the fastest growing metro areas in America. The St. George Regional Airport is in the works to become an International airport which will only increase the amount of people moving to and visiting Southwest Utah.

With St. George’s proximity to Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park, and Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, it is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground.

  • Distance to Zion Main Entrance: 41 miles and 57 minute drive
  • Distance to Kolob Canyons Visitor Center: 33 miles and 33 minutes – all interstate (I-15N)

Places to Stay in St. George, UT

Cedar City, Utah

Cedar City, Utah is the farthest town from Zion’s main entrance in Springdale, but it is the closest to Zion National Park’s Kolob Canyons area. Kolob Canyons is where you will find Kolob Arch, which is the world’s sixth largest natural arch.

  • Distance to Zion Main Entrance: 58 miles and 1 hr 5 minute drive
  • Distance to Kolob Canyons Visitor Center: 19 miles and 20-ish minute drive

Places to Stay in Cedar City, UT

Orderville, Utah

Now we are getting into the towns closer to Zion’s East Ranger Station entrance opposed to the main entrance in Springdale. Orderville, UT is the small town you will come across if you drive East through the Mt. Carmel Tunnel in Zion National Park.

Orderville, like the remaining towns we’ll talk about next, is where you might want to consider staying if you want a close spot to Zion and Bryce Canyon.

  • Distance to Zion East Ranger Station: 17.5 miles and 25 minute drive
  • Distance to Bryce Canyon National Park: 55 miles and around an hour drive

Places to Stay in Orderville, UT

Glendale, Utah

You definitely won’t confuse Glendale, Utah with Glendale, California! But that’s a good thing because you won’t have the traffic nightmares to deal with, and instead, you have two incredible national parks to choose from in opposing directions – Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.

  • Distance to Zion East Ranger Station: 21.5 miles 30-ish minute drive
  • Distance to Bryce Canyon National Park: 51 miles and 55 minute drive

Places to Stay in Glendale, UT

Kanab, Utah

Kanab, UT is a triple threat town in Southwest Utah. In a little over 30 minutes you can be at Zion’s East Ranger Station, and then if you travel about 90 minutes North or South, you have your pick of Bryce Canyon National Park or the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. How’s that for an adventure lover’s paradise!

*The road to the Grand Canyon North Rim is closed during the winter*

  • Distance to Zion East Ranger Station: 30 miles and 36 minute drive
  • Distance to Bryce Canyon National Park: 76.5 miles and 1 hr 25 minute drive
  • Distance to Grand Canyon North Rim: 80.5 miles and a 90 minute drive

Places to Stay in Kanab, UT

Duck Creek Village, Utah

Duck Creek Village, Utah is about an hour from Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, but you are only around 20 minutes from Cedar Breaks National Monument. Plus, you’re in Dixie National Forest, where there are boundless hiking opportunities.

  • Distance to Zion East Ranger Station: 46.5 miles and 55 minute drive
  • Distance to Bryce Canyon National Park: 48 miles and 55 minute drive

Places to Stay in Duck Creek Village, UT

Hatch, Utah

Hatch, Utah is another little town right off State Highway 89 between Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. I would keep Hatch on your radar if you plan to spend more time at Bryce Canyon, along with checking out Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and a day trip to Zion.

  • Distance to Zion East Ranger Station: 48 miles and 55 minute drive
  • Distance to Bryce Canyon National Park: 24.5 miles and 30 minute drive

Places to Stay in Hatch, UT

FAQs

What is the closest large city to Zion National Park?

Las Vegas, Nevada is the closest large city to Zion National Park. Las Vegas is 160 miles and a 2 hour 45 minute drive to Zion’s main gate. If you are flying into Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International Airport, which is the closest major international airport to Zion National Park, add another fifteen minutes to your drive.

How close to Zion is Salt Lake City?

Salt Lake City, Utah is 300 miles from Zion National Park. The drive from Salt Lake to Zion takes around 4.5 hours going south on I-15. Or you can grab a 1 hour flight from Salt Lake International Airport to St. George Regional Airport, get a rental vehicle, and drive an hour to Zion’s main entrance in Springdale, UT.

Wrapping It Up…

Now that you know all the cities and towns near Zion National Park, what are you waiting for? Get that trip planned and start packing!

I know no matter where you choose to stay or visit along the way, your trip to Zion and Southwest Utah will be one you will never forget.

Check out our Google Web Story – 7 Things to Do in Zion That Will Blow Your Mind

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