One nearby and two regional airports offer easy access to Zion National Park.
- St. George, Utah Airport (SGU) is just 40 miles from the entrance to Zion National Park.
- The Las Vegas Airport (LAS) is 135 miles/3 hours from Zion.
- Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) is 280 miles/4 hours from Zion.
St. George Airport
While construction continues on a new $120m airport opening in 2011, St. George Airport serves the growing corner of southwest Utah with daily connections to Salt Lake City, charter planes and sightseeing tours.
- Airport Code: SGU
- Location: Just west of St. George, Utah, flights are accessed by St. George Blvd., which leads directly into the airport after the intersection with Bluff St. To reach Zion, take St. George Blvd. to I-15, which takes visitors north to Zion National Park within an hour. There is a new airport under construction, scheduled to open in 2011, which will be located on the east side of town, off Exit 2 of I-15.
- Airlines: The only commercial airline that operates at the St. George, UT Airport is SkyWest, which runs multiple round trips daily to Salt Lake City as an affiliate partner of Delta Connection.
- Airport Services: While the old airport has aviation services for private and charter flights, there is a lack of general services for passengers. When completed, the new airport will be the primary location for commercial air traffic, complete with restaurants, shops and other services. Parking is free, with separate lots for 5 hour, 5 day and 15 day intervals.
- Getting To/From the Airport:
There is a healthy selection of rental car companies, including national brands Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and Hertz.
In addition, shuttle and taxi service is available. However, making transportation arrangements prior to arrival is recommended.
Las Vegas Airport
While Las Vegas is still a good drive from Zion National Park, the combination of competitive flight prices and flexible schedules makes it one of the most popular airports to fly into.
- Airport Code: LAS
- Location: The airport has convenient access to I-15, so bypass the temptation and head straight north. St. George will be after 125 miles, or about two hours. The exit for Zion National Park will be after 135 miles, at exit 16. Springdale is just under three hours total drive.
- Airlines: With the many attractions of Las Vegas and the surrounding area, McCarren International Airport services all major airlines and a large number of smaller ones, with flights arriving from nearby cities, farther domestic airports and even overseas destinations.
- Airport Services: With 95 gates available in two separate terminals, LAS is a large-scale airport with plenty of services. There is a wide selection of restaurants, carryout food, bars, gift shops, news stands, book stores and slot machines. Other amenities that are offered at the Las Vegas Airport include a children's play area, fitness center, massage lounge, arcade, art gallery, aviation museum, and shoeshine booths.
- Getting To/From the Airport: Car rentals are available from Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and others. In addition, shuttles are available to St. George, starting around $25 and up. Some hotels will also provide or arrange transportation for their guests.
Salt Lake City Airport
At just over four hours from Zion, Salt Lake City Airport is a flexible hub for any Utah vacation, being located in the mountains with nonstop flights from nearly 100 cities.
- Airport Code: SLC
- Location: The Salt Lake City Airport is on the northwest side of the city. Exiting the airport, take I-80 east towards town. After a couple of miles, I-80 will turn south and combine with I-15, which leads the 280 miles to the Exit 16 (Hurricane) on UT-9, leading into Zion National Park.
- Airlines: SLC is a hub for Delta Airlines, making it a convenient choice to get in and out of the area. In addition, however, SLC is served by American, Continental, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and their partners and affiliates.
- Airport Services: There are two terminals, split into five concourses with a total of 86 gates. In addition to the usual slew of restaurants, bars, food courts, bookstores and news stands, Delta maintains a Sky Club in the airport. There is free wireless internet throughout the terminals and a business center with printing, copying and other general services. Also, there is a foreign money exchange, banking facilities and mail services. The airport has been collecting artwork since 1977, which it proudly displays throughout the area.
- Getting To/From the Airport: While shuttles are available to areas directly within and around the city, most access to Zion is either through a prearranged tour or car rental. There are a number of rental companies at the airport: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Thrifty and others.