Traffic & Travel Tips

Traffic backed up at the entrance to Zion National Park.
A line of cars waits to enter Zion, but the canyon parking is full.
 

The Zion Canyon Shuttle began limited shuttle operations on July 1, 2020. Advance tickets required.
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The Springdale in-town shuttle line has received funding through the Greater Zion Convention and Tourism Office and the Washington County Commission. The FREE Springdale service, operated by St George Shuttle, will resume July 15, 2020 and continue daily 7am to 9pm until at least October 31, 2020

Overview

Visitation to Zion has increased to over four million visitors a year. The park established a seasonal shuttle system to eliminate traffic and parking problems. However, during high visitation there are long lines at the entrance gates and limited parking inside the park.

During non-shuttle season, Zion still experiences crowding. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive will close to traffic once all legal parking spaces are full to ensure that emergency vehicles are able to access trailheads and to protect fragile vegetation along the road. Be prepared with an alternate plan during December, January, and February.

Where the Crowds Are

From early February through late November, visitation at Zion is extremely high. There may be significant delays entering the park, and once inside there is limited parking. Parking is usually full by 8-9 am. The best way to avoid delays entering Zion is to park in Springdale and ride the town shuttle to the park.

The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is also very busy with lines that regularly stretch to the visitor center doors. You can avoid long lines at the visitor center by planning your trip ahead and downloading the current Map and Guide.

There are other places to explore in the park that are not as busy as Zion Canyon, such as Kolob Canyons, the Kolob Terrace Road, and the east side of the park.

If you do visit during peak season, expect to see a lot of other people on the trails and shuttle. It is not uncommon for hundreds of people to hike to Angels Landing or The Narrows. The following holidays and weekends are especially busy:

1. Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
2. Easter week (date varies - usually in April)
3. Labor Day (first Monday in September)
4. Utah Education Association break (4 days in October, visit www.myuea.org for details)

 

Parking

Please park legally and responsibly in Zion National Park and the Town of Springdale
Zion National Park has limited parking space. Please park only in designated stalls. Vehicles parked outside of designated stalls are subject to citation and may be towed. Once all designated parking stalls in Zion are full, visitors should park in the town of Springdale and ride the town shuttle to access the Park. There is a charge for parking in the Town of Springdale. The pay stub for parking in town is not a Park entrance pass. Similarly, a Park entrance pass is not a town parking validation. Thank you for parking responsibly during your visit.

When parking lots in Zion are full, please remember:

  • Park in designated areas only. Do not park along roadways!
  • If a lot is full, do not wait for spots to open; move on and try again later.
  • Never park on vegetation or in a manner that blocks traffic.
  • Don't block the flow of traffic by waiting for a parking spot.
  • Your best option is often going to be paying for parking in Springdale. Then use the town shuttle bus to reach the park.
 
Visitors waiting in line for the shuttle.
Millions of people ride the park shuttle every year. During busy times, the wait can be more than an hour.
 

How to Avoid the Crowds

  • Avoid visiting on the holidays/weekends listed above.

  • Park in Springdale and ride the town shuttle to the park and enter though the pedestrian entrance.

  • Consider visiting during the off season when temperatures are cool and visitation is lower.

  • Visit less crowded areas of the park.

  • Avoid long lines at visitor centers by planning your trip ahead and download the Map and Guide.

  • Riding your bicycle on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is a enjoyable option.

Last updated: July 21, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9

Springdale, UT 84767

Phone:

(435) 772-3256
Recorded park information available 24 hours a day. Phones are answered 9 am to 4 pm Mountain Time. If no one answers, please send your questions to us at zion_park_information@nps.gov.

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