In 1997, visitation was 2.4 million and increasing. The shuttle system was established in 2000 to eliminate traffic and parking problems, protect vegetation, and restore tranquility to Zion Canyon. In 2017, park shuttles estimated more than 6.3 million riders.
2020 Shuttle Schedule
The Zion Canyon and Springdale shuttles have concluded the 2019 season. Private vehicles are currently allowed on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Please park in designated areas only.
We anticipate the shuttle returning to operations on President's Day Weekend and every weekend after that in February 2020. From March through November the shuttle will run daily in Zion Canyon and the town of Springdale. The shuttle will also be in use during the 2020 December holiday season. When the shuttle is running, no private vehicles are allowed on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The only access is by free shuttle bus. Free shuttles will leave frequently from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. There will be shuttle buses arriving at every stop every 7-10 minutes.
The 2020 Shuttle Schedule will be posted here when it is finalized.
When the Shuttle is in Operation
Parking is limited inside Zion, and all parking lots commonly fill early in the day. To avoid parking hassles it is easiest to park in the town of Springdale and ride the free Springdale Shuttle to the park's Pedestrian Entrance.
Map of Springdale Shuttle Stops (2019 Season)
How To Use The Shuttle System
There are two shuttle routes. The Zion Canyon Shuttle connects the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to stops at nine locations on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The Springdale Shuttle has nine stops in the town of Springdale. The Springdale Shuttle will take you to the park's Pedestrian Entrance near the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. You may get on and off as often as you like. Riding the shuttle is free.
Buses are wheelchair accessible.
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Tune your radio to 1610 AM for additional information.
During the busy season the free buses run from early morning to late evening, as often as every seven minutes. Times and intervals change with the seasons. Current schedules are posted at each shuttle stop, at park visitor centers, and in the
Map and Guide.
Take Your Time
Buses run frequently throughout the day, as often as every seven minutes. You do not need to rush to catch one. Take your time to plan your visit. Use the exhibits outdoors and the information inside at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to make the most of your time. Ranger presentations at the Zion Human History Museum are a great way to learn more about the park before you ride the shuttle up canyon. The bookstore has maps and publications that can augment your visit.
What To Bring
For a day trip on the shuttle, you should take:
- Water and Snacks
- Walking Shoes and Map
Sun Protection like Sunscreen/Hat/Sunglasses
Camera or Binoculars
Flashlight or headlamp
Dress for the weather and bring everything you need for a day in the park.
Be sure to bring your Interagency Pass or park entry receipt for re-entry into the park.