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.
2018 Shuttle Schedule
The Zion National Park Shuttle System has closed for the 2017 season. The Shuttle will resume operations in February 2018 (dates to be determined).
In 2018 the Zion National Park free shuttle service in Zion Canyon and Springdale will operate daily from February through the end of November. During this time the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive will be closed to private vehicles.
Free shuttles will leave frequently from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. There will be shuttle buses arriving at every stop in Zion Canyon every 7-10 minutes.
When the Shuttle Is In Operation
Parking is limited inside Zion, and parking lots at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center commonly fill by early in the day. Tune your radio to 1610 AM for additional information.
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How To Use The Shuttle System
The Zion Canyon Shuttle stops at nine locations in the park. You may get on and off as often as you like. Riding the shuttle is free.
Map of Springdale Shuttle Stops
Buses are wheelchair accessible.
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:
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.
- No eating or smoking on the bus
Beverages other than water are not allowed
Pets are not allowed on the shuttle buses