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Zion National Park Accessible to Public during Government Shutdown

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Date: December 22, 2018
Contact: Aly Baltrus

Springdale, UT – During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, lookouts, and trails at Zion National Park, except those around Kolob Canyons, will remain accessible to visitors pending weather events, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.
There will be limited NPS-provided visitor services at Zion National Park through at least December 29, 2018, thanks to a donation from the State of Utah. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center, one loop of the Watchman Campground, and adjacent restrooms will remain open through that time.
Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or regularly updated and may not reflect current conditions. All park programs have been canceled, including scheduled ranger talks and evening programs.
The shuttles will be running, weather permitting, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the park and 8:10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in town. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive will be closed to all vehicles except shuttles and Zion Lodge guests with permits. The Zion Lodge will be open with usual offerings.
Entrance Fees cannot be charged during the shutdown; tunnel use fees can be paid by US Mail, but tunnel will be open to all vehicles. 
Permits will not be issued; permits that have already been issued will be respected, but otherwise visitors should not enter backcountry permit-only areas.
Commercial Use Authorization holders have received notification to operate as normal for the duration of the government shutdown.
“Please be aware that the park staffing will be minimal and visitors need to be careful and take responsibility for their own safety,” says Zion’s Public Information Officer, Aly Baltrus. “We also ask that visitors help park staff protect Zion’s resources by following rules and notifying us of any visitors who are not.”

Zion Shutdown Update 12/28/2018
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Last updated: December 28, 2018

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