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 Utah Travel Center Cities SpringdaleZion Canyon Shuttle

Zion National Park has become increasingly popular with visitors, both local and international. Most arrive by car, RV, or tour bus. The park is being overwhelmed. Traffic congestion, lack of parking places, air and noise pollution, and damage to natural resources are frustrating problems the park was experiencing.

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Visitation to the park is 2.5 million people a year and increasing. Solving these problems is crucial to protecting the park and providing a quality experience. To reduce traffic and to improve the park experience, a new bus transportation system will start operation on May 26, 2000. It will run during the busy season, March through October, and peak periods. One loop will include nine stops in Zion Canyon, and a second will include six stops in the town of Springdale. Parking will be available throughout Springdale and inside the south park entrance. It will be possible to leave your vehicle in town and ride the shuttle to the new Zion Canyon Visitor Center or park right at the visitor center. There, exhibits and audio visual presentations will help you plan your visit.

The visitor center will be the start of the Zion Canyon loop into the park. Shuttles will depart each location often throughout the day. You may get on and off the shuttle as many times as you wish. Riding the shuttle on both loops is free. The cost of the shuttle system is included in the park entrance fee. All visitors, except those staying at Zion Lodge, will use the buses to access Zion Canyon. You will still have the option of biking or hiking along the canyon's scenic drive. The Pa'rus Trail connects Zion Canyon to the new visitor center and both campgrounds. The east side of the park will remain accessible by private vehicle.

Schedule: Shuttles will operate beginning at 6:30 a.m. every 30 minutes, increasing to every 15 minutes and then, during the busy part of the day, every 6 to 8 minutes. Toward evening, the shuttles will scale back to 15 minutes, then to 30 minutes. The last shuttle will leave the visitor center at 9:30 p.m.

This schedule is subject to change.

A complete round trip will take a minimum of 90 minutes.

Please no eating, drinking, smoking or pets allowed on the bus.


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