Zion National Park to Test Voluntary Shuttle Bus Service
Contact: Ron Terry, 435-772-0160
Contact: David Eaker, 435-772-7811
The mandatory shuttle service on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive in Zion National Park and shuttle service in Springdale, Utah, will end for the season on October 28. The park will be providing a voluntary shuttle service on the Scenic Drive on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4. The weekend operation will test the feasibility of providing voluntary shuttle service in the popular autumn season, after the mandatory shuttle service has ceased. All shuttle bus operations will end for the 2007 season on the evening of November 4.
Visitors are encouraged to park at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and board a shuttle bus. The buses will start running from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 8 a.m. The last bus will leave the visitor center at 6:45 p.m. and the Temple of Sinawava at 7:20 p.m. The last bus will arrive back at the visitor center at 7:55 p.m. Shuttle service frequency will be every 10 minutes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every 15 minutes at the beginning and end of the two day voluntary service. Round trips from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to the Temple of Sinawava will take about 75 minutes. Shuttle buses will not be running in Springdale on this experimental weekend.
As in the mandatory shuttle season, the buses are free. There are eight stops along the route and visitors may get on and off as many times as they want. The buses are fully accessible and pets are not allowed.
Visitors are encouraged to use the shuttle system to enhance their enjoyment of Zion Canyon without parking congestion. Those who do not use the buses are asked to park only in designated parking places along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Do not block or obstruct the shuttle stops, access to the stops, or the main roadway. Parking regulations will be strictly enforced.