In 1997, visitation was 2.4 million and increasing. The shuttle system was established to eliminate traffic and parking problems, protect vegetation, and restore tranquility to Zion Canyon.
2017 Shuttle Schedule
The Zion National Park free shuttle service in Zion Canyon and Springdale operates daily through the busy season. Detailed schedules are available on the front cover of the current Map and Guide. 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 busses arriving at every stop in Zion Canyon and in Springdale every 7-15 minutes.
When the Shuttle Is In Operation
Parking is limited inside Zion, and parking lots at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center commonly fill by mid-morning. To avoid parking hassles, park in the town of Springdale and ride the free town shuttle to the park. You can park anywhere along the road in town that does not have a parking restriction. To find the shuttle stops, look for the 'Shuttle Parking' signs throughout town. If you are staying at a lodge or motel, simply leave your car there and take the shuttle to the park. Tune your radio to 1610 AM for additional information.
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How To Use The Shuttle System
The Springdale Shuttle stops at nine locations in Springdale. The Zion Canyon Shuttle stops at nine locations in the park. The transfer between loops is made at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. 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