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Springdale, UT- Zion, along with National Park sites across the country, celebrates National Park Week April 16-24, 2016. The park expects record crowds throughout the week.
To kick off the week, Zion National Park Foundation will be hosting locals and visitors alike at Springdale's Giant Screen Theatre for special showings of the new 3-D film A National Park Adventure, and other festivities. All proceeds from the film viewings at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. are being generously donated by the theatre to Zion National Park Foundation in support of park projects.
"Zion National Park Foundation has been an outstanding partner over the years," said Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh. "Last year, among other things, they made it possible for us to send rangers into local schools and for several schools, including two from intercity Las Vegas, to study in the park."
Individuals planning to visit the park during National Park Week should be prepared for delays, limited parking and crowds. "We will have staff working overtime to help out during National Park Week," said Bradybaugh. "Visitors can also help ensure the week is enjoyable for all by planning ahead, taking responsibility for their own safety, and by being patient and treating others with courtesy and respect."
Here are a few tips to help you have a more enjoyable visit to Zion. Visit the park website (www.nps.gov/zion) for important information on shuttle buses, trails and other facilities. It is recommended that visitors come to Zion National Park either before 9:00 a.m. or after 2:00 p.m. For those staying in local hotels, they should leave their car there and walk or take the free shuttle into the park. Similarly, those arriving between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. should park in town at designated parking areas and walk or take the shuttle. Park only in designated lots or paved pullouts and avoid parking on road shoulders. When parking in Springdale, please do so in areas where parking is allowed.
Visitation at Zion National Park has increased dramatically over the past few years. In March 2016, 354,816 people visited the park, up 21% over 2015 and 114% over 2012. "April is projected to also break records," said Bradybaugh.