Visiting Zion in March
Learn all about what to expect visiting Zion National Park in March
Visiting Zion National Park in March gives you the opportunity to breathe in the fresh and crisp air of winter turning into spring, see incredible landscapes dusted with snow, and have space to fully enjoy it. There are many benefits to visiting Zion in March, as well as some drawbacks. If you are able to visit Zion in March, you are sure to have a fantastic trip, and leave with an appreciation for the beauty and solitude of Zion—something that not many get to experience.
Benefits of Visiting Zion in March
The biggest benefit of visiting Zion in March is the lack of crowds. With so many less people in the park, you are able to experience the magnitude of the walls without the hustle and bustle of summer crowds. Another benefit is that the shuttle bus starts running in March, taking you to popular trailheads in the canyon. Since this is your only way to travel through Zion Canyon, you don’t have to worry about driving your own car and/or finding a place to park. Parking for the shuttle bus is available at the Visitor Center, and outside the park in the town of Springdale.
Lastly, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking in March. The walls and formations at higher elevations are often dusted with snow; and although it could melt as the day progresses, there is nothing like sunrise photography in Zion this time of year.
Drawbacks of Visiting in March
The only drawback of visiting Zion National Park in March is that the weather may be unpredictable. It could be very spring-like and warm, or the winter may drag along with snow and cold temperatures. If there is a lot of snow and ice, some trails at higher elevations may be closed. Check the current conditions when planning your trip.
Things To Do In March
March is a great time to explore Zion without the crowds. The winter/spring lighting of March makes the park very photography-friendly. Make sure to catch sunrise or sunset from Canyon Overlook Trail or Watchman Overlook Trail. With the snow beginning to melt at higher elevations, the Virgin River runs quick and clean, and makes sightseeing in Zion even more magical.
Another incredible activity in March is hiking, giving you the chance to experience the best of Zion from amazing vantage points. Most trails are open in March, and give you the space to enjoy the scenery without the crowds that you’ll experience other times of the year. You can read our list of Zion’s best trails for recommendations.
Hiking in March
Hiking is ideal in March, as the temperature starts to rise, snow and ice may begin to melt from higher elevations, and trails become more accessible. March is still before the rush of summer crowds, so you have a good chance of solitude on trails. Make sure you read the current conditions for up-to-date information.
Early mornings will be chilly in Zion, make sure you start off with many layers, including hats and gloves. Even though it’s cold outside, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day; it is recommended to take at least three liters with you. Remember that the sun sets early this time of year, so make sure you set out with enough time to finish you hike before the sun goes down.
A great option for hiking in March is an inn-based tour, where you will experience the best of Zion, Grand-Staircase Escalante, and/or Bryce Canyon on day hikes with a local and knowledgeable guide, then go back to a exceptional lodge. This trip takes care of all the planning, accommodations and meals, so you can enjoy your trip without any of the stress that comes with planning a National Park vacation.
Weather in March
As March progresses, the hope of Spring becomes more prevalent. Days gets warmer, while it is still quite chilly in the evenings. The average temperature for Zion Canyon is a high of 63, and a low of 36 degrees Fahrenheit (17/2 degrees Celsius). In Kolob Canyons, the average temperature is a high of 58, and a low of 32 degrees Fahrenheit (14/0 degrees Celsius). On average, it rains or snows 8 days during the month of March.
Join a Guided Hiking Adventure
Zion National Park is home to some of the most epic and amazing hiking vacations in the world. Wildland Trekking offers trips with the best of Zion: canyons, views, wildlife, solitude, adventure and fascinating natural and cultural interpretation.
Guided Zion treks are all-inclusive which covers permits; local transportation (excluded on certain tours); meals; equipment; safety systems and professional hiking/wilderness guides; all of which allows visitors to maximize their time in Zion and focus entirely on enjoying the Park.
ZION ADVENTURE TOURS
- INN-BASED HIKING PACKAGES: these tours are all-inclusive packages with lodging, amazing daily hikes, expert guides, meals, transportation and more!
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- ZION DAY HIKE TOURS: maximize your day in Zion on a fully guided, award-winning hiking tour on one of the Park’s best trails.
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