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Zion for Free?  Yes, it's possible!

Here are a few tips for Free and Budget friendly ideas to explore Zion!

1.Every Kid in a Park Program

Right now, the park service is running the Every Kid in a Park program, offering FREE access to Federal Lands and Waters for 4th graders and their Guests!
sign up HERE.
So if you don't have a 4th grader, you should consider borrowing one. They are usually pretty cute and make for some good conversation.

2. Access Pass

National Parks also offer Lifetime FREE Admission to families of special needs children. How cool is that!?

3. Free Shuttle

Free shuttle. There are two free shuttles. One in the city of Springdale and one inside the park. If you find parking in Springdale you can catch the free shuttle to Zion National Park.

Then from there you can take the free shuttle into the park. There is a shuttle that runs every 10-15 minutes! We never waited more that 5 minutes at any stop.

4. Pack in food.

Unlike theme parks, federal parks actually allow you to pack in food! There are also garbage cans at every bus stop, so you won't have to worry about packing your trash around all day. If you choose not to pack in the food, there is a restaurant in the park at the lodge, and there are a dozen awesome places to eat in Springdale (just outside the park). We loved Blondies (FREE ice cream for the kids) & Park House.

5. Leave fido at home.

Pets are NOT allowed in the park and you can save money on dog daycare by leaving fido at home.

6. Senior Pass

Grandma, Grandpa! Did you know you can purchase a Lifetime pass for just $10? Check out more details here.

7. Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military

Good for those currently serving in the Military!

8. Volunteer Pass

Volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program

9. FREE State Park Pass Information from your Library

Some Utah libaries provide Utah State Park Annual Passes to check out with their library card. A $50.00 refundable deposits will allow passes to be checked out for one week. Does yours?

10. Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 20: Presidents' Day
April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
August 25: National Park Service Birthday
September 30: National Public Lands Day
November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

For more information about different type passes, please click here.

Check out our other Zion National Park posts with kids here. We've got plenty of family friends hikes for you!


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