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 starts on March 10, 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 in Zion Canyon every 7-10 minutes.
The Springdale Shuttle will have limited operations until road construction is completed on State Route 9 in Springdale – scheduled for mid-April. The Springdale Shuttle will run from 8 am to 9 pm daily.
2018 Shuttle Schedule
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 (March through April 2018)
Map of Springdale Shuttle Stops (Summer Season 2018)
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