Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a reservation?
Nope! We do not take reservations — walk-ins are always welcome. We operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have a group (20 or more people), you can call ahead. We are open rain or shine 7 days a week. If it’s rainy please read our weather policy.
What is your weather policy?
During our season, we are open rain or shine, 7 days a week. If it starts raining during your trip, continue down the river. If it starts thundering or lightning, pull over to the bank and stay in your tube. Generally, storms pass through quickly. Once the thunder/lightning stops, continue your trip. We constantly stream weather updates on our Facebook page, so check often, and call us if you have any questions.
How does the trip work?
The process is easy. Just park your car in the shared lot between Zion Tubing and Buffalo Trails Trading Company. Shuttles are not on a set schedule and most often leave immediately after check-in. In some cases, you may be required to wait if the shuttle is occupied when you check-in (typically no more than 20 minutes). Trip duration, between entering the river and reaching the finish point, is typically 80-90 minutes. The end of the float is well marked and a few steps from where the shuttle will pick up you to return to Zion Tubing headquarters.
How long is the trip?
Trip times vary based on water level and your group but generally last around 1 hour and 20 minutes. Be prepared to be on the river and in the sun for the length of the trip by hydrating and wearing sun protection.
What are your hours?
Check-in begins at 9:00 am. Trips run continuously throughout the day until 5:00 pm, seven days a week. 5:00pm is when our last shuttle departs to take people to the river.
What do I get for the price?
A super deluxe tube with a backrest, handles, and covered bottom.
A personal flotation device ("life jacket," "boat coat," "life vest," "salva vida")
Shuttle (we take you to and from the river in our vehicle so yours can stay clean and dry)
What if I want to bring my own tube?
We do not accept other tubes than our own at this time. This is due to our insurance policy covering our own Zion Tubing tubes.
Are there age restrictions?
We allow kids ages 4 and up. This is for your child’s own protection and a requirement by our insurance.
Where do we check-in?
Our headquarters are in a red shed in the front of the Buffalo Trails Trading Company parking lot. Just look for red tubes!
Do you have lockers?
No. Your vehicle is your locker. Any item that cannot be submerged in water should be left in your vehicle. We will keep your keys for you in a dry and secure place so that the river doesn’t eat them.
What should I wear?
You should wear your bathing suit or shorts, basically anything you are comfortable getting wet in. Footwear is required (shoes with a heel strap are preferred, but flip flops are ok).
Are life jackets required?
Life Jackets are required for children 12 and under by the state of Utah. We also have a few adult vests for those who want them.
What not to bring on the river?
Clothing that you wish to not get wet
Miscellaneous items that can become river trash
Please note that we are not responsible for any items lost or damaged that you bring on the river. You may lock personal belongings in your car, and we will keep your keys securely for you while you are on the river.
Can I bring a cooler?
We allow small, personal coolers - where it is a small bag or little backpack. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate large, bulky coolers. Please help us keep the river clean by making sure that all items including empty containers stay secured on your tube or your person until the end of the trip.
How deep is the water?
The water depth varies as it is a natural river but for the most part, the water is 2-4 feet deep. There are some deeper pools where we recommend taking a dip!
Is the water cold?
Nope! The Virgin River gets a lot of sunlight so the average temperature stays around 75ºF.
Will I get wet?
Yes! You will get wet but not soaked (unless you want to – it feels great on a hot day!).
Will I see wildlife?
Yes! You are likely to see several species of birds as well as frogs, fish, crayfish and lizards. There are no water snakes in Utah!
Adults and Kids
(Minimum Age is 4 Yrs Old)
If you would like to do a second trip (same day only), it’s $15 per person to be shuttled back.