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.
2018 Shuttle Schedule
The free Zion Canyon Shuttle is not currently in operation. It will run from December 22 through 31, 2018. 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.
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 (2018 Season)
How To Use The Shuttle System
There are two shuttle loops. 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:
- Walking Shoes/Map
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