March 9, 2015
Contact: Aly Baltrus
SPRINGDALE, UT: Due to unforeseen delays in construction at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center parking lot, Zion National Park is closing the Visitor Center temporarily and moving most operations over to the Zion Human History Museum, located approximately one half-mile from the South Entrance. Wilderness Permits will be available at the Zion Nature Center, near the South Campground.
The Visitor Center will reopen in time for normal shuttle operations to start on March 15, 2015 with extremely limited parking. Visitors are encouraged to park in Springdale and ride the free shuttle to the park entrance. From there, they will walk across the pedestrian entrance, which will lead them to the Visitor Center, park bookstore , and the park shuttle, which will bring visitors into Zion Canyon.
The shuttle system services nine shuttle stops in the town of Springdale and nine shuttle stops inside the park. Both shuttles are supported by park entrance fees and are fare-free. While the shuttle system is in operation, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is closed to private vehicles. Confirmed guests at the Zion Lodge may drive to the lodge, but cannot travel past the lodge or make any stops along the way.
The spring shuttle schedule is as follows:
Zion Canyon Shuttle ·
Springdale Town Shuttle
- Starts at 7:00 a.m. from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center Shuttle Stop. ·
- Last shuttle traveling up canyon from the visitor center will depart at 7:45 p.m.
- ·Last shuttle returning from the Temple of Sinawava is 8:30 p.m.
- First shuttle departs from the Majestic View Shuttle Stop in Springdale at 8:10 a.m.
- Last shuttle into town will depart from Zion Canyon Theater Shuttle Stop at 8:30 p.m.
Hours of operation will expand starting Sunday, May 17, 2015. Shuttles depart from designated stops every seven to ten minutes during the middle of the day and approximately every 15 to 30 minutes in the early morning and late evening. Please check the park newspaper for the latest schedule.