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Contact: John Marciano, (435) 772-7848
SPRINGDALE, UT – Holiday weekends at Zion National Park are regularly very crowded. Crowds for Memorial Day weekend reached 30,000 one day. Visitors who can be flexible with their schedules, should plan to arrive early in the morning. Arriving early will also give visitors the best chance to find parking in or near the Park and avoid the largest crowds. Starting early will also help avoid the hottest part of the day, which will be especially important as the forecast for Zion Canyon includes temperatures over 100 degrees. Visitors should still expect to wait in line to board the shuttle, even first thing in the morning and leaving at the end of the day.
Shuttles will be operating on holiday schedules allowing for more frequent pick- ups in the town of Springdale, and in the Park. The first bus going up canyon leaves from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 6:00 a.m., and the last bus coming out of the Park canyon will depart the Temple of Sinawava at 9:15 p.m. Visitors parking in Springdale can take the shuttle into the Park from 9 different locations in town beginning at 7:10 a.m. from the Majestic View Lodge. The last bus leaving the Park heading back into the town of Springdale, leaves at 10:00 p.m. from the Zion Pedestrian (River) Entrance. Remember to keep the Park Map and Guide with you to reference during your visit to the Park. It has everything you need to know about hours of operation, hiking and trail information, to safety tips, and Ranger-led programs.
“Preparing for hot conditions, and practicing good ‘heat safety’ will help visitors have a more enjoyable experience in the Park this summer,” comments John Marciano, Park Information Officer. “Plan your hike in the Park to avoid the hottest part of the day. Seek shade when possible, and use sun screen to protect skin. Hydrate before you come to the park and continue to drink plenty of water all day. Keep in mind your personal abilities when choosing which hikes you want to take and listen to your body while you are out there. Be safe.”