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Zion National Park is improving accessibility at Kolob Canyons Visitor Center

Kolob Canyons Visitor Center

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News Release Date: May 12, 2022

Contact: Amanda Rowland, (435) 772-0160

SPRINGDALE, Utah – The National Park Service (NPS) is working to expand and improve the restrooms at Kolob Canyons Visitor Center on the northwest side of Zion National Park. The new facilities will double capacity, improve accessibility, and reduce water use. Site preparation is underway now, and the NPS anticipates finishing the project in fall 2022. 

Staff at the visitor center will continue to provide services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Visitors can use portable toilets at any time while the expanded restrooms are under construction. 

Construction will only happen in the area next to the visitor center. The NPS does not anticipate the project will affect the Kolob Canyons Road. NPS biologists will work with the project contractor to protect native species and restore the landscape when work is complete. 

This project complements previously completed projects to increase restroom capacity and improve accessibility in park campgrounds, at trailheads in Zion Canyon, on the east side of the park, and along the Kolob Terrace and Kolob Canyons Roads. It also builds on previously completed long-term planning and construction projects at Kolob Canyons.  

Since 2010, the National Park Service has done work at the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center to proactively:

  • Increase water main capacity. 
  • Expand the septic system. 
  • Improve accessibility by reducing the steepness of the parking lot in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration. 
  • Update signs on I-15 in collaboration with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). 
The National Park Service is proactively working to identify other opportunities to improve visitor services in the park. Zion recorded about 2.8 million visits in 2011 and more than 5 million in 2021. As the number of people who visit Zion continues to rise, the NPS is preparing a plan designed to sustain high quality visitor experiences and sustainability manage park resources. We plan to share an update on the plan and ask for your feedback about it later in 2022. 

Park fees at work 
Fees make the park—and your visit—better. Some improvements happen behind-the-scenes and others, like our work on the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center, are very visible parts of your park experience.Learn more about how fees support essential park operations

Last updated: May 12, 2022

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