Your Dollars At Work

Emerald Pools Retaining Wall

Zion National Park is being cared for today and for future generations by the National Park Service. Protecting our natural and cultural heritage while ensuring that visitors have a safe, enjoyable, and educational experience is expensive. As the number of visitors to parks continues to climb, government funding available for necessities such as road and building repairs, campground maintenance, visitor protection, resource protection and other services has not kept pace with demand.

In 2004, to address these needs, Congress signed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) which allows the U.S. Department of the Interior to implement an interagency Fee Program in three of its agencies-the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The program also includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service. The program directs funds collected from park visitors towards the maintenance of the facilities they are utilizing.

Zion National Park is a participant in the Interagency Recreational Fee Program. The program authorizes Zion National Park to keep up to 80% of the fees collected. These funds have been and will continue to be used for maintenance, repair projects, public service programs, signage, and natural and historical resource preservation, as listed below. The remaining revenue is generally distributed to parks that do not collect fees but have similar needs and to fund other servicewide initiatives.

Ongoing Projects

  • Design and Install New Water System at Kolob Canyon Visitor Center
  • Replace Left Fork Vault Toilet with Prefabricated Structure
  • Install Accessible Ramp from Lower Parking Lot at Human History Museum
  • Repair Drainage Structures on the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway
  • Repair Middle Emerald Pools Trail
  • Modify Pa'Rus Trail for Full Universal Access
  • Rehabilitate Watchman Campground Loop B
  • Renovate and Expand Kolob Visitor Center Restrooms
  • Replace & Expand South Entrance Fee Station
  • Repair Masonry Walls and Curbing on Riverside Walk
  • Create and Develop Historical Map Guides for Distribution to the Public
  • Remove Hazard Trees in Main Visitor Areas of the Park
  • Repair and Replace Lower Emerald Pools Trail Retaining Walls and Tread
  • Modify Temple & Grotto Shuttle Stops for Ease of Visitor Use & Accessibility Compliance
  • Create and Implement Landscape Management Plan at Zion Canyon Visitor Center
  • Replace Asphalt Paths Throughout Visitor Center & Watchman Campground with Concrete
  • Restripe and Replace Shoulder Base on Multiple Park Roads
  • Repave Switchbacks on Route 9 from Sandwich Rock to Nevada Pullout
  • Re-route and Repair Sand Bench Trail
  • Create a Demonstration Garden at the Human History Museum to Enrich Visitor Experience
  • Implement a Respect Wildlife, Watch Wildlife Program in Zion National Park
  • Replace Split Rail Fence on Seven Zion Canyon Trails
  • Create and Develop Virtual Museum Exhibit and Lesson Plans
  • Rehabilitate Big Bend Shuttle Stop to Facilitate Bus Options
  • Implement Redesign of Zion South Entrance Area

2020 Projects

  • Repair Drainage Systems and Tread Surface on Zion Canyon's Busiest Trails
  • Repair Historic and Non-Historic Rock Walls in Zion Canyon

2019 Projects

  • Upgrade Nature Center Exhibits for Visitor Benefit
  • Create Cultural and Natural Resource Websites and an App, and Image the Museum Collections
  • Provide Accessible Components in Watchman Campground
  • Redesign and Repair Culvert Head Walls on the Upper Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
  • Automate Riverwater Pump System & Renovate Visitor Center Irrigation
  • Remodel Motel B and A (Watchman and Sentinel) Vanity Areas
  • Repair Sand Bench Trail
  • Replace Hallway Ceiling Light Fixtures in Motel A and B at Zion Lodge
  • Rehabilitate Watchman Campground Loop A
  • Renovate Visitor Center Plaza to Reduce Maintenance & Maintain Shade Structures
  • Repair Flood Damaged Trail in Refrigerator Canyon

2018 Projects

  • Provide Stewardship by Restoring Hanging Gardens for Improved Visitor Experience and Education
  • Repair Trail Fences to Protect Critical Resources
  • Removal of Invasive and Nuisance Weed Species, Resource Condition Stewardship & Visitor Experience
  • Resurface and Replace Watchman Campground Roads
  • Create Virtual Hiking Trails for Park Visitors
  • Replace Cedar Shake Shingles on Zion Visitor Facilities' Roofs
  • Upgrade and Replace Portions of the Lodge Area Water Distribution System
  • Repair and Replace the Emerald Pools and Weeping Rock Trailhead Parking Lots
  • Repair West Rim Trail and the Sand Bench Trail
  • Replace Water Main from Grotto Tank to Zion Lodge
  • Pave & Light Existing Path to RV Parking
  • Rehabilitate Surface and Drainage Structures on Sand Bench Trail
  • Install Erosion Control Systems to Protect Roadways


Last updated: June 23, 2022

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Springdale , UT 84767


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