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Contact: Erin Whittaker
SPRINGDALE, UT – Thousands of Zion National Park visitors are expected over the Presidents’ Day Weekend beginning February 14, 2020. Plan for potential crowding and some trail closures. Lower Emerald Pools trail is closed due to trail construction. Rockfall on the lower East Rim Trail has closed access to both Hidden Canyon, Weeping Rock, and Observation Point trails from the canyon floor.
Zion National Park will resume weekend only (Saturdays and Sundays), mandatory shuttle service on Saturday, February 15, 2020 through Sunday, March 1, 2020. Park shuttle buses will depart the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 7:00 am heading up-canyon to designated trail head stops with the last bus of the evening returning from the Temple of Sinawava (Stop 9) at 6:40 pm back to the visitor center. The in-town, Springdale shuttle services will not operate during these weekend dates. Full season daily shuttle services in the park and in the Town of Springdale will begin March 7, 2020 and run through late fall.
Construction continues as the Park’s south entrance (in the town of Springdale) is being upgraded. Traffic lanes are narrowed so wait times into the Park will be longer than normal. Visitors should slow down and follow directional signs. Pedestrians and bikers should enter through the river station entrance, avoiding the construction area and vehicle wait lines.
The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. The Kolob Canyons Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.
“Weather can be variable at this time of year,” said Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh. “Your trip will be more successful if you plan ahead and prepare. Safety is your responsibility, so please avoid unsafe behaviors and risk-taking. With the increased visitation, please be patient with others that are also enjoying the park.”
Last updated: February 12, 2020