The park established a seasonal shuttle system to reduce traffic and parking problems. However, during high visitation there can be long lines at entrance gates and limited parking inside the park. In 2021, Zion recorded more than 5 million visits.
The road often closes in December, January, and February.
Where the People Are
From early February through late November, Zion can be very busy. There may be a wait at park entrance stations, and parking often fills by early- or mid-morning. You can avoid delays if you park in Springdale and ride the free shuttle to the park.
If it is too busy to go to Zion Canyon, consider visiting Kolob Canyons, the Kolob Terrace Road, and the east side of the park.
Holiday weekends are especially busy
When you plan your trip, remember that Zion is a very popular place to visit on holidays. Some of the most popular weekends to come here include:
Please park legally and responsibly in Zion National Park and the Town of Springdale
How to Avoid the Crowds
Last updated: May 31, 2023